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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Rossi Turns The Volume Up

In the cooler conditions, Aleix Espargaro only needed five laps to improve on Dovizioso’s best time from Friday, the Spaniard showing off Aprilia’s new engine on top of the timesheets for most of the session. But the last ten minutes were reserved, as usual, for a final try at top ten glory, which meant the end of Aleix’s reign.

Valentino Rossi was the first to mount a challenge but coming in two hundredths of a second short. The Italian veteran had another go after putting in a brand new rear for the final three minutes - this time the mission was successful, Rossi taking the lead by over three tenths of a second.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Mir Leads The Usual Contenders

A clear blue sky and some fewer degrees were in store for Saturday morning, as the Moto3 class started the proceedings for qualifying day. The conditions meant that many riders took their time before improving on their Friday benchmarks.

Joan Mir’s position at the top of the standings was only challenged briefly by Jorge Martin but a healthy tow every now and again meant that he quickly recovered to top the session by little over a tenth. Nicolo Bulega appears to be a serious challenger this weekend, the Italian finishing the session second, with compatriot and FP1 leader Romano Fenati right in the mix in third.

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2017 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez And Nakagami Hold Off The Italian Brigade

Overcoming injury seemed to be the theme of the day in the intermediate class, with the leader as the first example. Alex Marquez must have felt at home in the sunbathing weather of Mugello, the Spaniard fast right out the box and bettering his teammate’s FP1 time on his first few laps. If his foot injury affected him in any way, it didn’t show, the Marc VDS rider posting a fast lap only three tenths slower than last year’s pole time.

It looked like his rivals were waiting until the final minutes to go all out but very few managed to improve significantly on their early laps. Takaaki Nakagami and Simone Corsi went two better than this morning to grab second and third positions, the latter almost four tenths down on Marquez.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Crutchlow Crashes The Italian Party

While the sizeable audience was melting in a baking twenty-seven degrees, the riders were out to get crucial data for a race that appears set to be run in similar conditions. The final minutes of the session saw part of the grid trying on soft shoes to go for a fast run and ensure a Q2 place, which resulted in a pretty mixed grid.

Andrea Dovizioso looked set to get another session in the bag until the final three minutes when Cal Crutchlow showed up out of nowhere to steal the spotlight and post a time only just inside Dovizioso’s FP1 time.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Di Giannantonio Leads Italian Top Three

It was a good tanning session for the teams as the hot weather welcomed the riders for afternoon practice. However, the high temperatures did not stop them from chasing a fast lap and improving on the FP1 benchmark even before the qualifying dummy run that ended the session.

Fabio Di Giannantonio showed up late to the party but when he did, he went straight into top position to be the first rider into the 1:57s. Several other followed his lead but the Italian went on to take top honours in the session.

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2017 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Morbidelli Makes It A Hat-Trick For Italy

A glimpse of sun and some dry tarmac were a pleasant change from the weekend the intermediate class enjoyed the last time around, although the timesheets don’t look particularly different. After Italian riders led the Moto3 and MotoGP FP1 sessions, yet another one was top of the timesheets in Moto2 – that one being, quite predictably, Franco Morbidelli.

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2017 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Home Sweet Home Indeed For Ducati

The sun was smiling even more than usual over Mugello as the MotoGP class hit the track for their first official outing on Italian soil this season. And it was the Italians who proved to be most eager to get up to speed, with Andrea Dovizioso stealing the thunder from Maverick Viñales in the final five minutes of the session, after the Spaniard had led for most of it. The Ducati rider put in the soft rear tyre to ride under the circuit record.

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2017 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: A First Home Win For Fenati

Some good weather was due for the lightweight class and the lightly clouded sky with twenty degrees air temperature showed off the Italian track in all its glory. And the local boys made it proud in the first practice session, Romano Fenati making a late jump to the top of the timesheets, with a time a little over a second off his own pole time from last year.

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Barcelona Private Test: Marquez Fastest As Riders Slate Chicane

What had originally been planned as a two-day private test for Ducati grew into something rather larger, with Honda and Aprilia also joining the fray. At the end of two days, it was Marc Marquez who ended the test as fastest, a couple of tenths quicker than Jorge Lorenzo on the Ducati, while Alvaro Bautista was third fastest on the Aspar bike. 

The test at Barcelona gave the riders a chance to test two of the most important changes for the series. First, the new, much shorter chicane being used instead of the F1 chicane, replacing Turn 12 where Luis Salom tragically lost his life during practice last year. And second, the riders got a chance to test the stiffer front tire (the '70') which will be used from Mugello onwards, and will therefore be used in Barcelona during the race.

The verdict on the chicane was universal, and the language used to describe it colorful and filled with expletives. Aleix Espargaro was the least unprintable of the riders there, telling Crash.net's Neil Morrison, "It's not fun to ride." The Barcelona track had once been one of the best in the world to ride, Espargaro said, and now it was just another track. MotoGP would be OK, Espargaro's Aprilia team mate Sam Lowes said, but it would cause carnage in Moto2 and especially Moto3, if a large group of riders tried to all get through there at the same time.

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