The final practice session of the intermediate class was a mixed affair when it came to the main contenders in the class. While Joan Mir and teammate Alex Marquez were trading blows at the top of the timesheets early on, Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira were struggling to even threaten the top ten.
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Things were warming up nicely both literally and metaphorically in the premier class’ final roulette ride for a Q2 ticket, especially with a few high profile names lingering back down the order after Friday’s adventures. One of those men was Andrea Dovizioso, who was on the move from the off, cautiously placing himself into the top ten on the combined standings only four laps in. Meanwhile, Friday leader Andrea Iannone was exceedingly impressive on a used combination of medium front and soft rear and led most of the session with a time half a second slower than his Friday benchmark.
The curtain of fog lifted just in time for the lightweight class to open the show on Saturday morning but it was a lukewarm performance on a cold track. Most of the usual actors were at the front but the pace didn’t get too hot until the final two minutes. Aron Canet set the tone at the start of the session but ultimately and unavoidably, it was Jorge Martin who once again put his name in the headline.
The sun was finally fully out for the last session of the day and Mattia Pasini was the one who shone first, the Italian sorting out his bike setup troubles from FP1 to dominate the early part of FP2. It wasn’t to last as the final two minutes were a flurry of red and orange sectors. Friday’s winner ended up being Joan Mir, the Spaniard presumably in a hurry to get to MotoGP and going a tenth faster than Sam Lowes.
The cloudy afternoon in Mugello got more gloomy shortly after the start of the session, the red flag coming out for a heavy crash for Michelle Pirro in turn one. The Italian was said to be conscious and moving by the time he was picked up by an ambulance and the session was restarted with 28 minutes on the clock and with Andrea Iannone leading. The Suzuki man manged to sneak in a lap to improve his time at the top of the timesheets before another red flag was caused by another Ducati.
Mugello was warming up nicely for the second run of sessions of the day, although the clouds did keep the lightweight class company. Fabio Di Giannantonio was back with a vengeance, at least for the early part of FP2, the Italian leading for most of the session before Jorge Martin’s reputation as the fastest man in class came to the fore and the Spaniard checked out at the front by over three tenths of a second to improve his own pole record.
The intermediate class danced their first tango of the weekend in Mugello and it brought nothing new to the routine. Alex Marquez established himself as the early leader and came under friendly(ish) fire in the final time attack from teammate Joan Mir. The younger Marquez came out on top, ending the session with a three tenths advantage on his pursuers.
Friday morning in Mugello saw the splendid scenery covered by a sheet of low clouds, although the track kept dry for the duration of the session. The low grip took a few people by surprise and plenty of front tyres were tortured but the top of the timesheets were a very patriotic display. Local expert Michelle Pirro perhaps unsurprisingly led the way after the first run and the Italian was unchallenged at the top until compatriot Andrea Iannone brandished a new rear soft tyre and blasted ahead by half a second.
A cloudy but warm morning set the scene for the opening session of the weekend but the plot was more of what we’ve gotten accustomed to. Namely, Jorge Martin setting camp at the top of the timesheets early in the session, then going on to improve on his own benchmark in a final attack. Things got a little more unusual behind the Spaniard – if not in names, it did in time gaps.
Maverick Viñales has given an indication of just how much faster the new asphalt is at the Barcelona circuit. Despite the layout being nominally slower than the old layout, Viñales took over a second and a half of Aleix Espargaro's pole record.
After Le Mans, the MotoGP teams had rushed from France down to Barcelona to test the new surface and layout at the Montmelo circuit. The track has been completely resurfaced, and extra runoff created at Turn 13 (the old Turn 12) which means that the corner can be restored to its former glory, before it was altered in the wake of the tragic death of Luis Salom in 2016.
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