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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Barcelona:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Barcelona:
In the melting heat of the Catalonian afternoon, the tyre combinations were limited to the harder options, many riders trying on the medium rear after a good showing from Dani Pedrosa. Marc Marquez was fastest out the gates, but another crash in turn nine while he was pushing in the beginning of the session gave Pedrosa a turn at the lead on the hard front and medium rear tyre.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Barcelona:
Since big brother managed to master every route around this track, the younger Marquez was determined to steal some headlines of his own on the circuit’s return to the F1 layout. The Spaniard led almost the entire morning session before Mattia Pasini remembered he’s the man of the moment and fired in a fast lap to go top. Marquez did one better on his final lap to end FP3 in the lead by seven hundredths of a second, pushing Pasini into second position.
New day, new challenges, the decision to switch back to the F1 layout used in the race last year leaving the MotoGP class with only one session to set a time worthy of Q2. The change saw quite a rush of cancelled lap times before the final rush for a fast time.
The minor change still left the Hondas in charge of proceedings, Marc Marquez starting his morning in trademark style, by elegantly sliding out while topping the timesheets. After failing to restart and going back out on his second bike, the world champion picked up where he left it to recover top position.
The lightweight class was left with a new challenge for Saturday after the Safety Commission decided to revert to the F1 layout used last year for the final chicane; which didn’t change much for the Moto3 teams, other than some extra information from 2016 and some track limits infringements while the riders were getting (re)acquainted with the right way around.
The usual hierarchy wasn’t disturbed either, familiar suspects trading the lead throughout the session, first Joan Mir, then Romano Fenati and finally Jorge Martin occupying the top on the timesheets until the qualifying dummy run started in the final five minutes. Then it was Estrella Galicia’s time to shine, Aron Canet putting in a late lap and a nice save to top another session in Catalunya.
Despite the intermediate class benefitting from two dry sessions, the riders took their time in improving Oliveira’s benchmark from FP1, the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS duo predictably the ones to go one better, Franco Morbidelli the first rider into the 1:49s to end the day on top.
Morbidelli was unusually low down the rankings, spending most of the session down in eighth spot and waiting until we were questioning his victory chances to jump to the top of the timesheets. The Italian did go down at turn five with three minutes remaining but no one else managed to challenge his best time.
With hot weather and no sight of rain this time around, the riders were eager to go out and do their usual homework. Andrea Dovizioso didn’t take long to beat the time set in the morning by the reigning world champion, trading blows at the front with Marc Marquez himself for the next few laps, Marquez even finding time to test some overtakes in the new chicane at turns 14-15. Marquez set the fastest time of the day on his final lap with an Avintia bike parked in the middle of turn fifteen.
The Spaniard put some daylight into his pursuers, stealing top spot from Jorge Lorenzo, the Ducati rider eventually ahead of his teammate to finish second while also giving Tito Rabat a helpful lift into sixth place. Jonas Folger was the top Yamaha once again, the Tech 3 rider half a second off Marquez.
The sun was a welcome sight for the lightweight class, so much so it was honoured with some wheelies out of the pitlane. In a deja-vu from this morning, Romano Fenati and Joan Mir looked to be the headline acts in the first part of the session, before some more or less unusual names meddled.
Aron Canet was not very bothered about the track time missed in FP1, the Spaniard going up into third straight away, then missing some more time while the team fixed a cracked screen that found itself a bit too close to his helmet. A few cancelled laps didn’t cause trouble either, the Estrella Galicia rider topping the session after the checkered flag came out.
The sun finally got out of bed as the intermediate class went out on track, the surface drying but still keeping some tricky damp patches, which Luca Marini illustrated with an impressive highside early in the session. The Italian was fit after a check-up but his bike was too damaged to rejoin the action.
After an eager interpretation of track limits early in the session, Miguel Oliveira bounced back to post the fastest time of the day and top the session. Takaaki Nakagami also set off to a good start to his weekend with a second position less than two tenths behind Oliveira.
The Catalonian weather had been playing with the paddock all morning, with a shower hitting the track before Moto3, the track drying towards the end of their session only for some more spits of rain to welcome the GP boys. Only a handful of riders felt like going out on wet tyres, with most of the grid just chilling while the track got too dry for wets and too wet for slicks.
Marc Marquez only put in five laps late in the session to go top and post the only time in the 1:45s, taking Cal Crutchlow with him into second position. Andrea Dovizioso posted a few extra laps to go third, six tenths down on the leader and Dani Pedrosa made a late jump into fourth, another tenth down.