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2009 Mugello MotoGP WUP Result - Rain Shakes Up The Order

Rain started falling just at Mugello just as the MotoGP riders were to take to the track for their warm up session, and the rain shook up the paddock hierarchy. Casey Stoner was the quickest of the bunch, and would have been by even more if he hadn't been balked on his final lap, running into traffic as he exited Correntaio. But Marco Melandri gave the Australian a run for his money, the rain removing the horsepower advantage the Ducati has over the Kawasaki. Unsurprisingly, Chris Vermeulen clocked the 3rd fastest time, while Valentino Rossi was in touch with the top 3.

The rain suited Nicky Hayden, who set the 6th fastest time, and his best result in a practice session for a very long time. But it pleased Jorge Lorenzo less, the polesitter only going 13th fastest, and nearly 3 seconds off Stoner's pace. Dani Pedrosa was out and riding, despite having torn a muscle in his hip yesterday, which left him in excruciating pain. If the rain stays, this will suit the Spaniard, as he will need less physical strength to muscle his Repsol Honda around the track, and he may be able to finish the race and score some valuable points. Pedrosa had already placed a question mark over his ability to last the race had the weather been as hot and sunny on race day as it was during qualifying. As it was, he set the 11th fastest time.

The weather is set to stay wet, though it should be showers, rather than steady rain. All that leaves the question of what tires to go out on, and whether tires will need to be changed up in the air. It's likely to be a very messy Italian Grand Prix.

Results of MotoGP warm up:

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2009 Mugello 250cc Qualifying Practice Result - Dream Front Row Settled In Final Minute

Results and summary of the 250cc Qualifying Practice at Mugello:

Alvaro Bautista took pole for tomorrow's 250cc race at Mugello, after a final minute surge took him to the top of the timesheets. Bautista was aided by Marco Simoncelli being fractionally balked on his last lap, as the Italian came up just a fraction too close on Raffaele de Rosa in the final corner, losing a couple of hundredths and just missing out on pole.

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2009 Mugello 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Surprise One-Two

Qualifying practice summary and results for the 125cc class at Mugello:

Bradley Smith and Scott Redding took a surprise British one-two during qualifying for tomorrow's 125cc Grand Prix. The session quickly turned into a battle royal between the Bancaja Aspar team mates Julian Simon and Bradley Smith, but it was Smith who was first under 1'59, and then taking pole back from with 10 minutes to go. 6 minutes later, the British rider improved even further, smashing the pole record with an astounding 1'58.134 lap, which no one was capable of matching.

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2009 Mugello 250cc FP2 Result - Simoncelli Strikes Back

Marco Simoncelli seized control of the second session of free practice for the 250cc class at Mugello right from the start. The Italian, who could only manage the 8th fastest time yesterday, took top time after just 10 minutes of the session, and never relinquished his spot. Alvaro Bautista, who dominated yesterday, could only manage the 5th fastest time, behind Hiroshi Aoyama who was similarly slower. Hector Barbera's 2nd fastest time underlined the Spaniard's pace here at Mugello, but the big surprise is Karel Abraham's 3rd spot.

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2009 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result - Stoner Seizes Control

Casey Stoner returned to type in this morning's second session of free practice at Mugello, seizing control early and not relenting. Stoner had cracked into the 1'49s before the first 10 minutes of the session were over, and a lap later he set the fastest time of the session, an astonishing 1'49.323. Valentino Rossi held 2nd for much of the ssession, but his pesky team mate Jorge Lorenzo sneaked ahead of him again with less than 5 minutes to go. Toni Elias caused a surprise by leaping up into 4th in the dying seconds, just squeezing out Loris Capirossi and Colin Edwards.

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2009 Mugello 125cc FP2 Result - Simon, Smith And Gadea Dominate Again

The Aspar team dominated the second session of free practice for the 125cc class once again. Julian Simon was fastest, as ever, with this time Bradley Smith in 2nd, ahead of Sergio Gadea. German rider Sandro Cortese was fourth quickest, ahead of Nicolas Terol, who was the last man to be within a second of Simon's blistering time. Local youngster Lorenzo Savadori impressed once again, taking the 7th fastest time, ahead of De Graaf Racing's Danny Webb. The final Brit, Scott Redding, finished down in 11th.

Results of 125cc FP2:

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2009 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result - Drying Track Produces Chaotic Race And A Miracle

Results of the MotoGP race at Le Mans:

The MotoGP race was run on a drying track, the riders leaving on rain tires. Lorenzo grabbed the lead on the first lap, and left the rest of the field behind. Pitting early for tires turned out to be a big mistake, riders who did so taking a long time before their slick tires could do times to match the fading wets. Valentino Rossi was first into the pits, and the biggest loser of the day, crashing after changing to slick tires, then remounting, going back into the pits for another bike, then a ride through, then switching bikes again.

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2009 Le Mans 125cc Race Result - Race Of Attrition In The Rain

Results of the 125cc Race at Le Mans:

Julian Simon won an incident-rich and rain-sodden 125cc race at Le Mans, after being handed the lead by Nicolas Terol crashing on lap 4. Terol was not the only rider to crash, over half the field not finishing. Terol crashed out twice, and still finished in 9th.

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