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Tito Rabat continued an exceptional home weekend with a pole postion at the Jerez circuit in Spain Saturday. Rabat -- the current world champion -- managed to climb three-tenths of a second clear in the notoriously tight Moto2 field. Class rookie Alex Rins had another strong showing wiith second. Jonas Folger -- who won the first race of the year in Qatar but has struggled a bit since -- qualified just behind Rins.
Jorge Lorenzo reminded the paddock just how fast a two-time MotoGP champion can be Saturday when he seized pole position and set the Jerez circuit lap record in the process. Lorenzo's 1'37.910 made him the only rider in the 1'37s and eclipsed Marc Marquez's 2014 lap record by two-tenths of a second. Worrisome to Lorenzo's rivals, the Spaniard led nearly the entire session.
Marquez, riding with a broken finger, took second position in the front row closely followed by the factory Ducati of Andrea Iannone.
Andrea Iannone was the fastest MotoGP man during FP4, putting the factory Ducati on top of the leaderboard, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. Iannone did not have the race pace of Lorenzo, though, the Movistar Yamaha rider hammering out lap after lap in the mid 1'39s. Andrea Dovizioso ended the session in 3rd on the other factory Ducati.
Johann Zarco took control of the Moto2 class, the Frenchman topping the FP3 session at the end of a glorious morning at Jerez. Sam Lowes had led early, but with the Speed Up affected more by the lack of grip as temperatures rose, he had a gaggle of Kalexes come past. Tito Rabat led for part of the session, the reigning Moto2 champion back in the swing of it at Jerez, before Zarco and then Tom Luthi got ahead of him.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class, holding off the stampede of fast riders all rushing to secure their place in Q2. The Movistar Yamaha man was fastest for nearly all the session, putting in a soft tire and grinding out an impressive string of laps at race pace. That was the plan for most of the grid, until the final ten minutes when the scramble for qualifying began.
Danny Kent put in a fast lap at the end of the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Jerez, exploiting perfect conditions to extract maximum speed. Kent displaced the brilliant young rookie Fabio Quartararo from the top spot, who had in turn knocked his Estrella Galicia teammate Jorge Navarro from the top of the timesheets. Navarro found himself being bumped down to 4th, after an impressive display by Jorge Martin on the Mahindra.
Jonas Folger ended Tito Rabat's dominant FP2 run with a 1'43.413 lap near the end of the second session at the Jerez circuit Friday in Spain. Rabat -- whose fast lap from FP1 still stand as the fastest lap overall by three tenths of a second -- held on for second as tempertures climbed. Johan Zarco, eighth-place finisher last year here and winner at the prior race in Argentina, claimed third. In all, the top three laps from FP1 -- Rabat, Simon Corsi and Sam Lowes -- bettered Folger's fast lap from FP2.
Jorge Lorenzo has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class, the Movistar Yamaha rider finding a turn of speed towards the end of the scorching session. Lorenzo bumped Marc Marquez from the top slot, the Repsol Honda rider having been fastest for most of FP2, the Honda clearly handling the heat better. The two Ducatis ended the day in 3rd and 4th, Iannone slipping on a soft tire to post a quick lap at the end, Dovizioso having been quick throughout.
Jorge Lorenzo set out his intentions in the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class this morning, by dominating the session from the outset. Lorenzo lapped consistently in the low 1'39s, the other riders only getting down that low once they started chasing times at the end of the session. Aleix Espargaro ended the session in second, using the soft tire to set a hot lap at the end. The Suzuki rider nearly took top slot, but lost out when he had a big moment through the last two left handers before the stadium section.