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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Misano:
A beautiful afternoon invited the premier class to some nice long runs, the world champion keen to get right down to business in mid 1:33s on a hard front-medium rear tyre combination. Jorge Lorenzo ran him close right away on the opposite combination but in the end it was the world championship leader to blast them away in the final lap, Andrea Dovizioso ending up leading the session by a tenth of a second.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Misano:
After Hafizh Syahrin was given his time in the sun, Franco Morbidelli was back out showing why he is leading the championship and taking charge of the session. The Italian posted the first and only 1:37 time of the weekend in his first handful of laps, while most of the grid was struggling to match their Friday times throughout the session.
Behind him, the Malaysian rider is starting to overwrite his moniker as wet weather expert by progressing significantly in distinctly dry conditions, Syahrin ending the session second and third on combined standings.
With warm but not sun-tanning weather, the premier class riders were not in a big hurry to challenge Friday times, although the likes of Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales teased us with some red sectors here and there. As it happens, the Spanish rivals were still the main actors come the end of the session.
The riders left it late to go for their quali dummy run, saving the final four minutes for fresh rubber. Marquez was the first to dethrone Danilo Petrucci’s Friday achievement by mere hundredths of a second but he proceeded to put any thoughts of changing the hierarchy to rest on the very next lap by posting the first and only time of the weekend into the 1:32s.
The lightweight class finally got its sunny morning after the rain ridden Friday one, although the extra confidence in slightly windy conditions saw a handful of harmless crashes from the likes of John McPhee, Andrea Migno or Juanfran Guevara.
Given the early conditions, riders struggled to improve on their Friday times and got nowhere near last year’s benchmark. All that changed in the final minute, when Aron Canet posted the best lap of the weekend. The Spaniard was over three tenths faster than teammate Enea Bastianini, whose late progress on new rubber improved his position significantly.
On an exquisitely dry track, world championship leader Franco Morbidelli gave his competitors a chance at the spotlight before taking over his rightful spot on lap six. The Italian had already proved himself as a favourite for the weekend and his early time looked to go unchallenged until Mattia Pasini remembered he has a great pole run to defend. With two minutes to go, the Italtrans rider got ahead by six hundredths of a second while flirting with track limits.
Bright sunshine and a warmer track meant that the premier class riders were pretty damn quick right out the box, Marc Marquez bettering his FP1-topping time on only his sixth lap on a hard front/medium rear tyre combination. Teammate Dani Pedrosa followed him through while wearing his shoes the other way around, with a medium front and a hard rear. Things calmed down soon after, in the lookout for some race pace, which both Hondas and the Ducati duo of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso looked to have to spare, Dovizioso also giving the hard rear a good go to deal with the hotter conditions.
The final ten minutes saw the usual fast run to ensure a decent Q2 benchmark, with the notable exception of the Repsol Hondas who continued on used mediums. After struggling outside the top five for most of the day, Maverick Viñales put his new mediums to good use to narrowly miss on the top position by five thousandths of a second. The honour remained Petrucci’s, with the championship leader in third.
The welcome lunch break gave some a good opportunity for the track to bask in some more sunshine and heat up to a nicer 37 degrees. Romano Fenati found some momentum in the improved conditions to set himself at the top of the timesheets before his bike required some tinkering back in the garage, that giving some time for compatriot Fabio di Giannantonio to get ahead mid-session.
That was the main cast until the final five minutes saw a quick run on brand new rubber for most riders. A recently revived Enea Bastianini took over at the front for what looked like a brief time as the timing screens lighted up with red sectors below him, Di Giannantonio dealing the decisive blow after the checker flag waved.
Following the efforts of their Moto3 and MotoGP colleagues, the track surface was nearly fully dry by the time the intermediate class took its turn on the Italian circuit.
Misano regular Franco Morbidelli jumped straight to the top of the standings at the start of the session and fended off any early challengers. Rightfully confident with his speed, Morbidelli did not put in new rubber for his final run, while the other side of the garage did, Marquez taking over top spot in the final couple of minutes. It wasn’t lucky all the way through, the Spaniard having a scary crash in turn eight in the final minute and due a visit to the medical centre.
After the heavy rain hit the track overnight, the Moto3 class did a good job of drying the racing line, although the big damp patches off-line were still a rather worrying sight for the premier class riders. That didn’t keep them in their garages for too long though, Danilo Petrucci the first to throw caution to the wind and go nine tenths of a second faster than his rivals on his first handful of laps. The Honda duo relegated him soon after but constantly improving conditions meant that the timing sheets featured more red than Ducati’s merchandise stand.
A pleasant twenty degrees of temperature could not wipe out the traces of rain that fell over the track all throughout the night before the lightweight class opened this weekend’s proceedings. A damp surface invited to some rain tyre running – unless you’re Philipp Oettl who optimistically tried some slicks straight away.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race in Silverstone: