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Thomas Luthi has continued his accelerated recovery from early season injury by setting the fastest time in the third Moto2 practice session. The Suisse rider ended the running with the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:46.909. Friday's pace setter Pol Espargaro followed closely in second place, finishing a mere seven hundredths behind Luthi. 'Tito' Rabat, Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami were the next riders on the time sheet, the top five protagonists will be the ones to watch come race day, as has been the case all season long.
Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez continues to show phenomenal speed in his debut MotoGP season, topping FP3 with a blistering time of 1:41.853. The Spaniard headed a hectic session that saw the top three riders lap in the 1:41 bracket and be split by a tenth of a second. Nicky Hayden put in a scintillating one-off lap to finish in second place ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was the first rider to dip into the 1:41's and looks in fine form heading into the race on Sunday.
Alex Rins kicked off the action for day two by topping the timesheets by almost half of a second, smashing the fastest ever Moto3 lap time recorded at the Catalunya circuit. Luis Salom, Alex Marquez and Efren Vazquez made it an all Spanish top four, while Jack Miller rounded out the top five. The Australian recovered brilliantly from a low speed high side early in the session.
The second Moto2 free practice session was topped by a dynamic Pol Espargaro, who lead his nearest rival and world title combatant Scott Redding by some three tenths of a second. He was followed by the impressively quick but frustratingly inconsistent Takaaki Nakagami who rounded out the top three places. Local boy Jordi Torres finished a creditable fourth place in front of Thomas Luthi, Johan Zarco, Dominique Aegerter and Tito Rabat.
The baking Barcelona sunshine brought track temperatures through the roof for the start of MotoGP FP2. The session was headed by a revitalised Valentino Rossi, the Italian setting a time of 1:42.297, the fastest lap of the weekend so far and quicker than the existing circuit race lap record. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who looked in seriously ominous form early in the session, ended up in second place only four hundredths behind Rossi. He was followed closely in third by fellow championship favourite and countryman Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniards appear to be reveling at their home track.
Isaac Vinales topped the time sheets for the second Moto3 free practice session at the circuit de Catalunya. The track temperature had risen by ten degrees since the morning session and Vinales' time of 1:52.339 was some three tenths slower than the fastest time set in the cooler FP1. Alex Marquez finished FP2 in second place ahead of Isaac's more fancied cousin Maverick, Alex Rins, Luis Salom and Efren Vazquez rounded out an all-Spanish top six.
Pol Espargaro has begun his season revival by setting the pace in the opening practice session of his home Grand Prix. The Spaniard finished a tenth ahead of Swisse rider Thomas Luthi, who sat at the top of the time sheets for much of the session in a strong showing after starting the season injured. Veteran Alex DeAngelis rounded out the top three in a surprisingly strong showing aboard his Speed Up machine.
Jorge Lorenzo has set a blistering pace in the opening practice session of the weekend at Catalunya. The Spaniard took over at the top in the second half of the session with a scorching time of 1:42.422. Championship leader Dani Pedrosa, participating in his 200th Grand Prix weekend, set the pace in the early stages and ended the session a mere two hundredths behind his compatriot. Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive early season form to finish in third place, less than a tenth behind his fellow Yamaha rider Lorenzo.
Luis Salom has carried the momentum from his win into Barcelona, dominating the first session of free practice at the circuit and posting a new lap record in the process. Salom was over eight tenths quicker than Maverick Vinales, while third place man Miguel Oliveira was over a second behind the Red Bull KTM rider. Oliveira led a brace of FTR Hondas, Jack Miller taking fourth spot ahead of Isaac Vinales, while the two Alexes, Rins and Marquez, took sixth and seventh respectively.
While the MotoGP riders packed up and headed home after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, the Moto2 and Moto3 classes stayed on for their first official in-season test. There was plenty to test, with Marc VDS having brought a new swingarm, Dunlop having new tires to try, Suter having a new fairing, FCC having new clutch parts, and a lot of set up work to try, but the weather was not inclined to cooperate. Heavy rain towards the end of the morning cut testing short for several riders, with about half the field staying on for the afternoon.
Pol Espargaro found an improved set up, which solved some of the grip problems he has been having for most of the year, and posted the fastest time of both the day and the weekend. He improved his qualifying time by nearly a full second, and was nearly a quarter of a second faster than Scott Redding's pole time from Saturday. Takaaki Nakagami also improved on his qualifying time, also dipping under the time set by Redding, as the Japanese rider focused on solving clutch issues which had caused him problems during the race. Tito Rabat was third fastests, rounding out a trio of Kalexes.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Mugello:
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Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Mugello
MotoGP warm up took place in good conditions, if a little cool. Jorge Lorenzo dominated the session, setting a punishing pace which only Cal Crutchlow could follow. Marc Marquez took 3rd, an impressive result given the fact he had a huge crash just two days ago. Valentino Rossi ended the session in 4th, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa.
Bradley Smith did not set a time in the warm up, after suffering a second massive highside at the Casanova-Savelli combination, an almost identical crash to the incident on Friday. Smith was clearly banged up, but limped away from the crash. No word on any further injuries he may have sustained.