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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Brno:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Brno:
Probably the most indicative session of the weekend got started as predicted, with Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo taking turns at the top and confirming themselves as the main contenders for Sunday’s race. Still, the Italian couldn’t resist revisiting the gravel trap, this time keep it vertical without a worry. The fight ended with the Spaniard on top by a slender two thousands of a second.
The King of Sector 2 finished third, Marc Marquez ending the session with a few mid 1:56s, a tenth of a second off the leader. Valentino Rossi followed him in the timesheets, two tenths off Marquez and one tenth ahead of Maverick Vinales, the trio appearing to be the main challengers for Lorenzo and Iannone.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Brno:
The intermediate class evened up the balance of track incidents that didn’t quite happen in the other two classes. While Lorenzo Baldassarri was flying at the front with the first 2:01 time of the weekend, Tom Luthi’s Kalex was flying over the barrier at turn eleven, in a fast and dangerous incident that made the Swiss rider lose the rest of the session while still second on the timesheets.
His main rival wasn’t much luckier, Baldassarri taking his turn through the gravel at turn fourteen and writing off his bike with twenty minutes to go. His early time proved to be good enough to lead the session until the end. Both riders walked off gingerly but unharmed.
The sun still didn’t receive its appearance fee for Brno, with the circuit seeing similar conditions to Friday but also a spectacular lap from a predictably smooth Jorge Lorenzo, the reigning world champion beating his own circuit record set last year.
Andrea Iannone had his own moment in the spotlight ten minutes into the session, when the Italian went sightseeing along the full length of the turn thirteen gravel trap, dropping winglets like coins in a wishing well. The Ducati rider had plenty of time to recover and finish second but seven tenths off the leader.
The Moto3 class opened Saturday’s proceedings with track conditions similar to FP2, twenty-one degrees and some clouds looming over the action. Seemingly perfect conditions for Brad Binder to post the first (and only) 2:07 time of the weekend, a tenth off the circuit record and six tenths ahead of the rest of the grid.
The rest of the top five was a familiar view until the final minutes, when several riders made quite a massive jump from the back of the timesheets. Jorge Martin was second, always there or thereabouts, while Hiroki Ono in third improved twenty-one places in the final minutes of the session.
The intermediate class got right up to speed as the light turned green in the pitlane, this morning’s leaders showing their pace was hardly a fluke, Takaaki Nakagami the early leader, with Alex Marquez in close proximity.
The duo’s domination was first challenged by Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian rider taking over at the front by over three tenths of a second, a result overturned after the checkered flag was waved. By who, you ask? Well, a less than fantastic morning for the championship leader was followed up by a much more encouraging afternoon, Johann Zarco making a late charge to take top spot on his last timed lap.
After the breezy morning, the riders welcomed those twenty-one degrees in temperature but took their time to challenge the FP1 benchmark. The Yamaha-Ducati battle seemed to resume at the top, with Valentino Rossi leading the first half of the session and Andrea Iannone taking over in the second half. With seven minutes to go, their teammates decided to join the proceedings but it was Marc Marquez who crashed their party to go top by a tenth of a second in front of Iannone.
It had been an eventful afternoon for the championship leader, the Spaniard spicing up his session with yet another incredible save halfway through FP2. After countless replays had been shown, the Honda rider went back on track to lead the action with a fast couple of laps towards the end.
Despite the temperatures getting a bit more daring, the sun still failed to feature heavily during the second Moto3 session of the day. That meant the riders struggled to match the times from FP1, the top three being the only ones able to improve on that benchmark. The first of them, championship leader Brad Binder, eventually retook his rightful place at the top of the timesheets.
Following Fenati’s exclusion from the team, the unofficial role of team leader is highly disputed this weekend, with Andrea Migno popping into second place, followed by FP1 leader Enea Bastianini, less than a tenth away.
The chilly conditions during the first practice session for the intermediate class offered a great playground for two riders in particular. Takaaki Nakagami reigned at the top of the timesheets for the first half of the session, Alex Marquez keeping close and taking over for the second half, the duo half a second away from the rest. Umbrellas started to pop up in the final fifteen minutes, Jonas Folger splitting the two riders late into the session.
Danny Kent moved the spotlight to his side of the Leopard garage this weekend with an encouraging fourth position, followed by Lorenzo Baldassarri and fellow Italian Franco Morbidelli, the Marc VDS rider completing a good morning for the blue bikes.
The mist that covered the circuit during the Moto3 session was replaced by dark clouds for the MotoGP boys, throwing around some drops of rain as the first laps were being set. Not intimidated in the slightest, the riders kept posting red sectors, changing the hierarchy at every cross of the line. The Ducatis started strong but the factory Yamaha boys put up a fight, first Valentino Rossi then Jorge Lorenzo taking over the top spot and building a gap of half a second over the red riders.
After a brief mid-session lull, the riders went back on track to gain more data on the new tyres brought by Michelin. With track conditions improving rapidly, times dropped further, Rossi back on top as Andrea Iannone suffered a mechanical failure with seventeen minutes to go. Last Sunday’s winner got back out on his second bike to be even faster and deposing the Yamaha at the front. With three red sector times on his last lap, Iannone led the session by two tenths of a second over Rossi.
A chilly misty morning was waiting for some action in Brno, although far from Spielberg-like cold. The young riders managed well those sixteen degrees, with very few incidents, Hiroki Ono being one of the first to take a harmless tumble in turn seven.
At the top of the timesheets, championship leader Brad Binder led after the first timed laps but Nicolo Bulega came out strong too, as did Gabriel Rodrigo, the first to drop into the 2:09s. Andrea Migno was the rider to spend most of the session at the top of the standings but ultimately dropped back as a last lap dash saw Bastianini take over at the top from Jorge Martin and Brad Binder.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at the Red Bull Ring: