Results of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Le Mans:
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Tom Luthi has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Swiss rider took over at the top early, then held on to his advantage all the way to the end of the session. Johann Zarco got close to Luthi, but the Frenchman could never quite find the final three hundredths of a second to beat the Interwetten man, having to settle for second spot.
Andrea Iannone has ended free practice on top of the pile, the factory Ducati rider just squeaking past Jorge Lorenzo to end the day as the fastest man in FP3. Iannone had a little help from Lorenzo, though, much to the Spaniard's chagrin. The Italian followed the Yamaha M1 of Lorenzo through a blistering final lap, using the tow to propel him to the top of the timesheets.
Jakub Kornfeil set the pace in the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Le Mans. The Czech rider took his Honda into the 1'42s, beating Brad Binder's best time from Friday. Niccolo Antonelli ended the session in second, but was nearly a quarter of a second down on Kornfeil. In third was Aron Canet, an impressive showing by the Estrella Galicia rookie at a track he has raced at before in the FIM CEV championship.
Johann Zarco has taken charge of his home round of Moto2, the reigning champion upping the pace at the end of the afternoon to top the timesheets at Le Mans. The Frenchman just sneaked ahead of Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider having a good first day in Le Mans. Jonas Folger grabbed third spot, the last of the riders to finish close to Zarco, while others struggled.
Jorge Lorenzo put in a typically dominant display at Le Mans, taking top spot in the second session of free practice by a comfortable margin. The Movistar Yamaha rider was quick throughout, but upped his pace in the final ten minutes, as the entire field headed out for an assault on the top ten places, and passage through to Q2.
Brad Binder has topped the timesheets after the first day of practice at Le Mans. The Red Bull Ajo KTM rider made solid strides in the second session of free practice, his speed increasing all the way to the end of the session. In the final minutes, Binder put in a scorching lap to take the top spot.
Simone Corsi put in an impressive charge to top the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class. The Speed Up rider took advantage of the cooler conditions, which suit the Italian-made bike, to just edge Alex Rins on the HP 40 Kalex. Jonas Folger ended the session in third, a tenth off the pace of Corse, and fractionally faster than Tom Luthi, who finished in fourth. Lorenzo Baldassari took fifth spot, just ahead of reigning world champion Johann Zarco. The Frenchman was under a third of a second slower than Corsi at his home round.
Dani Pedrosa has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, both Repsol Hondas putting in a burst of speed at the end of the session. Pedrosa pushed late to edge ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, after the Movistar Yamaha rider had led for much of the session. Marc Marquez took third spot, making a similar leap to his Repsol Honda teammate, and just nudge Andrea Dovizioso into 4th on the Ducati.
Final times from the one-day test at Jerez:
Times at 3:30pm:
Test times at 1pm:
Twenty-seven laps of hot Spanish weather would prove to be a decent test for Michelin's tyres.
Report and results follow.
With the skies clear, the temperature was rising. Would the track get too hot for the Dunlop tyres?