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Jonas Folger topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Brno, flying to the top of the timesheets at the end of the session, and deposing Tito Rabat. Rabat had led right from the start, laying down a blistering pace as he prepared for the race, but the Marc VDS rider could not match Folger's fast flying lap. Alex Rins took 3rd, the HP Pons rider once again impressive after victory at Indianpolis, keeping Rabat in sight throughout the session. Franco Morbidelli grabbed 4th spot, just edging ahead of Rins' teammate Luis Salom. Championship leader Johann Zarco ended the session in 8th.
Jorge Lorenzo has made his intentions very clear in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class. After setting a solid pace in the first part of the session, the Movistar Yamaha upped the pace to put a huge gap between himself and the rest of the field, setting a new lap record for Brno in the process.
The final minutes of FP3 turned into something of a Yamaha rout. Valentino Rossi put in a fast lap at the very end to take 2nd, over half a second behind his teammate, but ahead of Marc Marquez in 3rd. With qualifying coming up, where Rossi has been weakest in recent years, that single fast lap bodes well for him. Bradley Smith took 4th spot, with a late charge to get in behind Marquez, making it three Yamahas in the top four.
Andrea Iannone was fast throughout FP3, wrapping up 5th spot with a fast lap at the end, finishing ahead of a very impressive Maverick Viñales, the Suzuki rider taking 6th. A fleet of Ducatis followed, with Yonny Hernandez at the helm, the Pramac Ducati finishing ahead of both Hector Barbera on the Avintia Ducati and Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati. Dani Pedrosa rounds out the top 10, after a brave performance on what is obviously a very painful foot, pushing hard to set a fast lap right at the end.
Danny Kent has taken charge of the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Brno. The championship leader took the lead in the session early, but was soon bumped from the top of the timesheets by teammate Efren Vazquez. But as the session neared its end, Kent pushed on to put some distance between himself and the rest of field, ending the session nearly a third of a second ahead. Fabio Quartararo put in a late charge to secure 2nd spot, ahead of Miguel Oliviera, demoting Efren Vazquez to 4th. Jorge Martin put the Mahindra into 5th place.
Tito Rabat topped the timesheet Friday at the Brno circuit with a 2’02.714 in the second free practice. The current world champion had been mired in second until eight minutes to go in the session when he began increasing his pace.
Thomas Luthi, who had led much of the session and was the first rider to dip into the 2'02s, ended just nine-hundredths behind the leader with Simone Corsi setting the third-quickest time. Championship leader Johann Zarco did manage to dip into the 2'02s with a fourth-place showing, closely followed by Thomas Luthi.
Overall, the top 10 riders are separated by less than a second at Czech Republic track where air tempertures have climbed to 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) and track temperatures have eclipsed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit).
Marc Marquez topped the timesheets in the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, but it wasn't Marquez' speed which was the talking point of FP2. High temperatures, a greasy track and a mechanical problem with Dani Pedrosa's bike turned FP2 into a crash fest, with a host of riders going down. Valentino Rossi was the first to go at the start of the session, the Movistar Yamaha rider losing the front after smoke started coming from Dani Pedrosa's Honda. Pedrosa followed a second later, his crash and Rossi the result of a fork seal letting go and spilling fork oil onto the carbon brake discs, where the oil caught fire, putting smoke and possibly oil onto the track. The crash put an end to Pedrosa's session, the Spaniard suffering a suspected heel fracture, and being taken off to the Clinica Mobile for further examination.
More riders followed, though not at the last chicane where Pedrosa and Rossi had gone down. As track temperatures rose to well over 50° C, the surface became extremely greasy, riders tumbling in every corner. Andrea Dovizioso, Mike Di Meglio, Bradley Smith, and even Marc Marquez all ended up in the gravel, as tires fought a losing battle with the diminishing grip.
Danny Kent has taken charge of the Moto3 class once again, taking over the top of the timesheets at the end of FP2. The championship leader's advantage is not as great as it has been at previous races, however, Kent leading 2nd place man Brad Binder by 0.167. The South African rider is just a fraction ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who led for most of the session. Kent's teammate Efren Vazquez is 4th fastest, ahead of Jorge Navarro and Miguel Oliveira.
Johann Zarco has taken control of the Moto2 class from the very start of practice. The championship leader took over the top of the timesheets early on in the session, and did not relinquish them. Jonas Folger ended the session in 2nd, but was over a third of a second behind Zarco, and only three thousandths of a second ahead of Simone Corsi in 3rd. Tito Rabat took 4th, a tenth behind Corsi, with Tom Luthi and Sam Lowes hot on Rabat's tail.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets. The Movistar Yamaha rider was immediately into his stride, taking over at the top halfway through the session and leading to the end. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, and started off fast. However, Marquez' session was marred by a minor fall. The Repsol Honda rider had trouble getting the bike stopped into Turn 13, ran into the gravel and tried to ride his way through it. He made it most of the way, but not quite out again, tipping over in a low-speed spill which did little harm to the bike and no harm to the rider.
Dani Pedrosa set the 3rd fastest time, just over a tenth of a second behind his teammate, clearly comfortable at a track he loves. Pedrosa was followed by the two Factory Ducatis, both Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone sporting a narrower fairing and a new engine for better power delivery. Valentino Rossi grabbed 6th spot, though Bradley Smith made him fight for it, the pair swapping places in the final moments of the session.
Efren Vazquez has taken first blood at Brno, topping the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Brno. Vazquez put in a quick last lap to punch his way to the top of the timesheets, his Leopard Racing teammate Danny Kent adopting the same tactic but coming up short on Vazquez. Romano Fenati grabbed 3rd, leading a gaggle of KTMs all within a few hundredth of each other. Miguel Oliveira took 4th, ending ahead of the session's early leader Brad Binder.
Marc Marquez claimed victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an epic, race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo. It was Marquez’s fifth-straight MotoGP victory at Indy and his ninth-straight win on American soil. Jorge Lorenzo, who led all of the race but the final three laps, took second to close the championship gap to Valentino Rossi.
Rossi, who took third after his own race-long battle with Dani Pedrosa (4th), now leads the championship by nine points after ceding four points to Yamaha teammate Lorenzo. Rossi has finished on the podium every race this year. Pedrosa, who held third for much of the race, finished 15 seconds in front of fifth-place Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith held tight on Iannone's tail but was unable to pass and so took sixth. Another nine seconds back were Pol Espargaro (7th) and Cal Crutchlow (8th) who partially made up for a lousy start that left the Briton in 13th early on.
Andrea Dovizioso, who ran wide on the race's first lap and dropped to last place, charged through the pack to reclaim ninth just in front of Danilo Petrucci (10th).
Rain was predicted mid-race for the circuit, so each team was ready with a rain-tire bike staged in pit lane when the contest began.
Alex Rins won his first-ever Moto2 race Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after seizing the lead with two laps to go. Johann Zarco grabbed the second spot following a fierce, race-long battle with Dominic Aegerter. And Franco Morbidelli seized the final podium spot -- his first -- after a late, hard pass on eventual fourth-place finisher Aegerter.
Reigning champion Tito Rabat settled for fifth after leading the race early. Thomas Luthi (6th) cane in right behind Rabat followed by Axel Pons (7th). Xavier Simeon crossed the line in a lonely eighth. Takaaki Nakagami (9th) and Alex Marquez rounded out the top 10.
The race, which started in mixed conditions, had dozens of lead changes as the drying racing line kept the lead group of six riders in close contact for much of the race. The battle between Zarco and Aegerter was particularly fierce with postiion swapping nearly every lap before Zarco forced his way through for good with three laps to go.
Livio Loi won his first-ever Grand Prix by gambling on dry tires in the damp-but-drying conditions Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Loi, one of a handful of riders to make the late switch and start the race at the back of the grid, won the contest by 38 seconds over second place rider John McPhee. Philipp Oetttl grabbed the final podium spot making it a clean sweep of riders who had never been on a world championship podium before.
All three riders made the switch to full slicks just before the race began. Championship leader Danny Kent -- who like many of the riders at the front, ran a handful of laps in the disintegrating wet tires before pitting for a tire switch -- finished the race out of the points in 21st place.
The race start was uncertain from the beginning when rain before the race forcing a wet-race declaration. Because it was declared a wet race, many riders stayed with wet tires. But a handful of riders, including the eventual race leader, made the late switch to dry tired and were forced to start at the back of the grid.
Loi grabbed the lead on the fourth lap and began opening a gap immediately.