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Xavier Simeon has seized the opportunity presented by a wet track to audition for a ride for 2013, by topping the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Valencia. The Belgian Tech 3 rider jumped to the top of the timesheets at the end of a session which was dominated by strong wet weather riders. Johann Zarco took 2nd spot in FP1, ending four tenths behind Simeon and a tenth ahead of Julian Simon, the Spaniard also finding his feet in the wet. Marc Marquez took 4th, the 2012 Moto2 World Champion consistently fast in the wet, while Gino Rea confirmed his wet-weather credentials by ending in 5th, ahead of Andrea Iannone.
Though the Kalex is widely regarded as the best bike in the dry, the rain does not appear to favor it. Wildcard Dani Rivas was the first of the Kalexes in FP1, finishing in 7th, while Scott Redding was 12th and championship runner up Pol Espargaro ended the session down in 15th.
Nicky Hayden has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. The rain which started falling at the start of the session meant there was enough water on the track for wet tires, and as the last moments of the session ticked away, Hayden jumped ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who had been leading for most of the session. Hayden's lap was impressive, putting over a second between himself and Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man having to settle for 2nd. Jorge Lorenzo took 3rd spot, nearly half a second behind Pedrosa, and only fractionally ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso, while Alvaro Bautista nabbed 5th on the San Carlo Gresini Honda.
Aleix Espargaro used the rain to his advantage, the wet weather rendering the acceleration disadvantage his Aprilia CRT machine has over the factory prototypes irrelevant. Espargaro ended the session a tenth of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi on the second Factory Ducati, while Cal Crutchlow took 8th. Espargaro's Aspar teammate Randy De Puniet was equally fast, setting the 9th time ahead of the retiring World Champion Casey Stoner.
More wet weather is expected throughout the weekend, though the forecast is highly unstable at the moment.
The final MotoGP weekend of the year starts with the weather once again taking center stage at Valencia. Overnight rain has left the track wet, and overcast skies with drops of rain have helped to keep it that way. The tricky track conditions saw Miguel Oliveira make a late charge to just pip Jonas Folger in the final minutes of the Moto3 FP1 session and take top spot ahead of the German. Luis Salom grabbed 3rd, a third of a second behind Oliveira, while Efren Vazquez set the 5th fastest time, ahead of Jack Miller, the Australian impressing in the wet.
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Casey Stoner continues to dominate at Phillip Island, lapping his home circuit at a pace no one else can match. The Repsol Honda man once again dropped his pace, lapping consistently in the 1'29s, and ending the day over a second quicker than any other man on track. Jorge Lorenzo found an important boost of speed, unable to match the pace of Stoner but gapping his main title rival Dani Pedrosa behind. The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas took 4th and 5th, Cal Crutchlow beating his temmate Andrea Doviziso by a quarter of a second. Alvaro Bautista took 6th, despite being hit by a seagull, a perennial problem at the Island.