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Results of Moto2 Qualifying
Results and summary of qualifying for MotoGP:
Marc Marquez once again took advantage of the new layout at Barcelona to set down an imposing pace in FP4. The Repsol Honda man finished four tenths clear of the second place rider, Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda. Andrea Iannone was the first Ducati, setting the third fastest time, while Maverick Viñales continued his strong run of form, taking fourth, ahead of Scott Redding in fifth.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class:
Free practice for Moto2 was perhaps the hardest of Saturday morning's sessions, as the riders headed out to test the new track layout, revised to avoid a repeat of the crash in which Luis Salom lost his life.
The revised layout for the Barcelona circuit has had a big impact on the relative strengths of the various bikes, taking away the fast flowing turns from Yamaha and handing tight hard-braking sections which favor the Honda. But it was the Suzuki if Maverick Viñales which profited most, Viñales topping the timesheets for much of the session, then going on to set the fastest time at the end.
With heavy hearts, the paddock returned to work on the morning after the day Luis Salom died. The track configuration has been changed to slow the riders down through the final section of the track, in the hope of making it safer. The riders were given 15 minutes extra practice time to get to grips with the new layout, times ending up some three seconds slower than yesterday.
Jorge Navarro ended the Moto3 session on top of the timesheets, just ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and Aron Canet. Romano Fenati was fourth fastest, ahead of Enea Bastianini.
The Moto2 session was red-flagged after a serious accident involving Luis Salom. Salom was attended to at track side, then transported to the Hospital General de Catalunya in Sant Cugat del Valles, where he died during treatment.
Jorge Lorenzo saw off a strong challenge from Maverick Viñales to take top spot in the afternoon session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Movistar Yamaha rider had led for much of the session, just ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi, until Viñales started to push in the final minutes of the session. The Suzuki rider was the first man to get into the 1'41s, but Lorenzo was not to be denied. Pushing for a quick lap, Lorenzo opened a gap of nearly a quarter of a second.
Niccolo Antonelli was the fastest man in Moto3 once again on Friday afternoon, the Ongetta-Rivacold rider topping the timesheets by over a quarter of a second. The Italian lead the two main title candidates, Jorge Navarro performing well at home, just keeping ahead of championship leader Brad Binder. Hiroki Ono grabbed fourth spot, ahead of Jules Danilo and Juanfran Guevara.
Taka Nakagami topped the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Barcelona, the Japanese rider putting in a late charge to depose Johann Zarco. The Frenchman had led Jonas Folger for most of the session, but had to conced top spot to Nakagami at the end. Alex Rins ended the session in fourth behind Folger, while championship leader Sam Lowes took fifth.
Maverick Viñales has come out with a statement of intent in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Suzuki rider just pipped Jorge Lorenzo in the final minutes, after Lorenzo had dominated for much of the session.
Niccolo Antonelli has drawn first blood for the Moto3 class at Barcelona, the Italian putting in a fast lap at the end of the session to open a gap of three tenths of a second over Romano Fenati. The Sky VR46 rider had been the only rider to challenge Antonelli for top spot through the session, but Fenati had no answer for Antonelli's final run.
The eagerly awaited main event had a shortened start due to the troubled Moto2 restart.
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