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2009 Catalunya 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Front Row Surprises Galore

Results and summary of Qualifying for the 125cc class at the Catalunya Grand Prix:

The polesitter for the 125cc race may not be a surprise, but the rest of the front row is almost shocking. Julian Simon dominated the session, as he has for most of the year, taking the top time early and improving throughout qualifying. His dominance was challenged but not bested by Pol Espargaro, the local boy on the local bike, but the Derbi rider came just 2/100ths of a second short of taking pole from Simon.

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2009 Catalunya 250cc FP2 Result - Bautista Leads Italian Pair

Alvaro Bautista was fastest in the final session of free practice for the 250cc class at Catalunya, retaking the lead in the final seconds of the session. Bautista pushed Mattia Pasini, the previous leader, down into 2nd place, after the Italian had looked like holding the top spot to the end. Marco Simoncelli finished 3rd fastest, ahead of Hector Barbera.

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2009 Catalunya MotoGP FP2 Result - Lorenzo Smashes Lap Record And Crushes The Field

Jorge Lorenzo destroyed the competition during the second session of free practice, with a final five minutes in which he smashed the race lap record and put in a run faster than anyone else on track. With nearly 5 minutes left in the session, Lorenzo first took pole from team mate Rossi, taking nearly 0.6 seconds off the Italian, then dropped under 1'42 with a lap of 1'41.899. To put that into perspective, last year, that time would have put the Spaniard in 7th place on the grid, ahead of 12 other riders all using the now abolished super-sticky qualifying tires.

Andrea Dovizioso set the 2nd fastest time, jumping ahead of Valentino Rossi in the final minutes of the session, though the Repsol Honda rider had been quick for much of practice. Rossi was left down in 3rd, just under a second slower than his team mate and now title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi had taken the lead in the second half of the session, and led until usurped by his team mate.

Dani Pedrosa finished in 4th, the Spaniard managing his pain much better than yesterday, when he was well down the order. Pedrosa even led in the first half of practice, until Rossi took the top spot away.

Strange things happening over at Ducati, however. Casey Stoner was a lowly - for Stoner - 7th on the timesheets, and was never a factor, even spending a large part of FP2 outside the top 10. Likewise, Nicky Hayden's gains from yesterday seemed to have disappeared into thin air, languishing down in 17th place until the final minutes, when he leapt up the standings to eventually finish 10th. Hayden was once again not the second fastest Ducati, as Niccolo Canepa found a little something to take him up to 9th spot. The Pramac rider had been pretty fast all session, so it was a clear improvement.

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2009 Catalunya 125cc FP2 Result - Simon Dominates Again

Julian Simon's domination of practice continues in Catalunya, pretty much as it has done since the start of the season. Simon was 0.627 than the closest rider, Scott Redding, the British Blusens rider spoiling the Spanish party. Just 0.01 seconds behind Redding, KTM's Marc Marquez and the Aprilia of Nicolas Terol took 3rd and 4th respectively, despite being tied on time.

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2009 Catalunya 250cc FP1 Result - Debon Snatches Top Spot In Dying Seconds

Alex Debon set the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the 250cc class at Barcelona, but he only did so in the last few seconds of the session. Debon had swapped the lead earlier in the session with Alvaro Bautista and Mattia Pasini, but the Spanish veteran eventually came out on top with his last-lap flyer.

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2009 Catalunya MotoGP FP1 Result - Rossi Takes First Blood In Fiat Yamaha Duel

Valentino Rossi set the fastest time in a fascinating and surprising first session of free practice, but that was one of the least surprising aspects of the whole weekend. Rossi and Fiat Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo swapped the lead a number of times, but Rossi comfortably took the top spot by firing in an incredibly fast lap with 5 minutes of the session left. Lorenzo closed the gap in the final minutes, from half a second to just over 3/10ths, but could not match the Italian's pace. Casey Stoner was 3rd fastest, going fast despite a crash with a quarter of the session left, lowsiding out unhurt at the tight La Caixa corner.

A top 3 of Rossi, Lorenzo and Stoner is hardly a surprise, but behind them, things were hugely shaken up. Andrea Dovizioso in 4th is to be expected, but Randy de Puniet's 5th spot is an impressive showing on the LCR Honda, while Nicky Hayden's 6th fastest time is almost downright shocking. Prior to the MotoGP round at Barcelona, Hayden told the press that he would be trying a radically revised setup to his Ducati GP9, and it looks like it has worked. Hayden was well inside the top 10 for most of the session, and was seen with a broad smile on his face in the pits after the session, the first time that's happened for a long time. It's very early days to be passing judgment, but so far the changes seem to have worked for Hayden.

Loris Capirossi continued his run of decent form, finishing 7th ahead of Colin Edwards, while Edwards' Tech 3 Yamaha team mate James Toseland built on his strong result at Mugello, taking 10th place.

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2009 Catalunya 125cc FP1 Result - Simon Off To A Strong Start

Julian Simon dominated the first session of free practice for the 125cc at Barcelona. Simon was quickest for most of the session, only briefly ceding the top of the timesheets to Marc Marquez and Nicolas Terol before snatching the fastest time back again. Fellow Spaniard and Aspar team mate Sergio Gadea was second, nearly half a second off, ahead of Nicolas Terol and Pol Espargaro.

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2009 Mugello 250cc Race Result - Surprise Winner Of A Controversial Race

Results and summary of the highly controversial 250cc race at Mugello:

The rain started as the 250cc bikes sat on the grid, causing a mad panic over pit wall as teams rushed to change tires and suspension in time for the race. One the race got underway, it was Marco Simoncelli who got away at the start, dropping the chasing pack straight away, and building up a gap of over 7 seconds within three laps. Once Mattia Pasini and Alvaro Bautista got past Hiroshi Aoyama, they quickly started closing down the World Champion, Bautista clearly the fastest of the two chasers.

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2009 Mugello 125cc Race Result - Masterful Win In Dry Conditions

125cc Race result and summary:

The 125cc race at Mugello started out in typically unpredictable fashion, a large group leading from the start with the main contenders, swapping places at the front. On lap 6, Bradley Smith took charge and got a tiny gap. Smith was helped by Andrea Iannone, who was leading the chase for Smith, having the chain leap off his sprocket, causing him to pull up and the riders behind him back off a fraction.

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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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