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Results and summary of an incident-packed final MotoGP race of the 2012 season at Valencia:
Results and summary of an impressive Moto2 race at Valencia:
Results and summary of a chaotic wet Moto3 race at Valencia:
Results of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Valencia:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Valencia:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Valencia:
Pol Espargaro has seized control of the last session of Moto2 free practice, taking charge two thirds of the way through and going on to dominate by three quarters of a second. Andrea Iannone ended 2nd in the session, his late charge enough to get past Simone Corsi, but not enough to get anywhere near Espargaro. Corsi, who had led for most of the early part of the session, was bumped into 3rd by Iannone, but still ended ahead of Marc Marquez on the Catalunya Caixa Suter.
Dani Pedrosa took advantage of rapidly improving track conditions to top the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. Like most of the riders, Pedrosa spent a large part of the session sitting in the garage waiting for the track to dry, after a few exploratory laps to check conditions. As the sun started to burn off the damp patches, the entire field came out to test the surface.
Lap times dropped as the session went on, and in the end, it was Dani Pedrosa who ended the day as fastest. The Repsol Honda man had a clear advantage, ending over six tenths ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pairing, Andrea Dovizioso taking his turn to lead Cal Crutchlow. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl grabbed 4th, finishing ahead of Nicky Hayden on the Ducati. Jorge Lorenzo was once again slow off the mark, managing only the 6th fastest time over a second and a quarter slower than Pedrosa. Alvaro Bautista set the 7th fastest time, finishing ahead of Randy De Puniet, the Frenchman having a good weekend in difficult conditions. Casey Stoner, still cautious of his injured ankle, ended the session in 9th, ahead of Michele Pirro on the Gresini FTR Honda.
Hector Faubel has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class, posting a fast lap at the end of the session as the track condition continued to improve. The session took place under clear skies, but the track was still damp from the overnight rain, the sun burning off the damp very slowly, the track getting better as the session went on. Faubel's late lap deposed Maverick Vinales from the top of the timesheets, the Spaniard having been close to the top of the timesheets for a large part of the session. Jack Miller put in another impressive performance to take 3rd, ending practice ahead of LuisSalom and Danny Kent, with Alex Marquez finishing in 6th.
Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class, but his afternoon did not pass without incident. In an incident reminiscent of Motegi, the Catalunya Caixa rider crashed into the Simone Corsi, forcing the Italian off the track. As a result of the incident, Marquez was issued a second yellow card, and penalized by being forced to start from the back of the grid in Sunday's race. His team decided not to appeal.
Pol Espargaro ended the session in 2nd, the track having dried sufficiently for the times to drop and the Kalex to come into its own. Espargaro was fractionally behind Marquez, but a couple of tenths ahead of Scott Redding, the Marc VDS Racing man taking 3rd. Andrea Iannone finished the session in 4th, while Johann Zarco grabbed 5th.
Though the skies were clear, the track remained wet for the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. The conditions left a drying line on the racetrack which meant it was once again too wet for slicks, and too dry for wets. That left a large portion of the MotoGP field sat once again in their pit boxes, with five men not even bothering to post a complete lap.
That left the session to the CRT men, who have the most work still to do. Randy De Puniet was the best of them, the Frenchman taking top spot towards the end of practice, though the Aspar man also suffered a problem with his Aprilia ART machine and was forced to park it up at one point. Michele Pirro took 2nd on the San Carlo Gresini FTR Honda, ending the session ahead of a trio of Ducatis, with Nicky Hayden at its head in 4th and Valentino Rossi at the tail, and Karel Abraham providing the filling in the factory Ducati sandwich.
The weather is going to continue to be a factor for the final race of the season, with a dry day predicted for Saturday, but yet more rain on Sunday for the race.
The rain stopped falling before the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class started, leaving the riders to cope with a damp track and a drying line. While Jonas Folger led for the early part of the session, the talented young German was usurped at the end by a group of riders pushing hard late on. British rider John McPhee grabbed top spot at the end, promising much for next season when he joins Racing Team Germany. McPhee was closely shadowed by Jack Miller, coincidentally the young man who will be joining McPhee at RTG next season. Alex Marquez, younger brother of Marc, set the 3rd fastest time, two thirds of a second behind McPhee, and just six thousandths ahead of RW Racing GP rider Brad Binder. After a strong beginning, Jonas Folger was eventually demoted to 5th, just ahead of Maverick Vinales.