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Dani Pedrosa has topped the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Honda. The Repsol Honda rider was fast for much of the session, then set a very quick lap at the end of the session once the battle for Q2 commenced. Marc Marquez ended the session in 2nd, but he did so by setting a very quick lap early, despite having a major moment on a previous lap. Marquez is still visibly struggling to get the bike stopped, his Honda RC213V still sliding wildly and running wide into the first corner.
Valentino Rossi looked to have the strongest race pace, leading the session early and maintaining a strong pace. He ended in 3rd, ahead of Andrea Iannone and Cal Crutchlow, both of whom posted fast laps at the end of the session to secure their spots in Q2. Jorge Lorenzo concentrated on race pace, ending the session in 6th but never showing the dominant pace he has in previous races, while Andrea Dovizioso put the second Ducati into 7th.
Aleix Espargaro ended the session in 8th, the Suzuki rider quicker on race pace than a single lap. Danilo Petrucci was the impressive filling in a Suzuki sandwich, the Pramac Ducati rider ending in 9th, just ahead of Maverick Viñales on the other Suzuki.
Danny Kent has kept up the pressure in the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class. The Leopard Racing rider upped his pace in the second half of the session to take control again, holding off challenges from the Italian hordes. Romano Fenati closed the gap to just over a quarter of a second, and well ahead of the two Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders, Jorge Navarro leading Fabio Quartararo. Karel Hanika had a strong session, leading early before slipping to 5th, and ending the day ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who had been quick early, but crashed without consequences later in the day.
Sam Lowes has ended the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at the top of the time sheets, the Speed Up rider putting in a late charge to set the fastest lap. Lowes took over the top slot from Dominique Aegerter, who had in turn nudged his compatriot Tom Luthi off the top of the timesheets. Aegerter ended in 2nd, six hundredths behind Lowes, while Luthi was another tenth of a second behind Aegerter.
Tito Rabat ended the session in 4th, nearly half a second off the pace of Lowes, and ahead of Julian Simon and Johann Zarco. Championship leader Zarco was fastest early in the session, but had to give ground towards the end. Alex Marquez had a strong session of practice too, the Moto3 champion having found some speed at Barcelona and then again at the Aragon test.
Free Practice opened with Marc Marquez, on his first lap out, planting himself in a dyke as he crashed his Honda. Ten minutes in, his teammate Dani Pedrosa had set the quickest time and set about beating it one lap later. Valentino Rossi got within two hundredths of a second of Pedrosa's time almost half an hour in, with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith not far off.
Marquez went third quickest with five minutes left in the session, followed by the quickest time a lap later only to be deposed by Valentino Rossi. Pedrosa hit traffic on a potentially quickest lap, but once the flag was out, only Rossi and Marquez were on pace for the top spot. Rossi set the quickest time after the flag was out with Marquez locked behind Bradley Smith on track.
The top four places were taken by the factory Hondas and Yamahas ahead of the the satellite Yamahas and Suzukis. Ducati's best time was set by Dovizioso in 9th in what was a very forgettable session for them.
Danny Kent has taken the Moto3 class by the throat during the first session of free practice at Assen, laying down a withering pace from the start. The current championship leader took top spot early in the session, and ended over six tenths ahead of the opposition. Romano Fenati grabbed second spot, the KTM going well right from the start, while Jorge Navarro lead the Estrella Galicia 0,0 duel ending in 3rd, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo. Efren Vazquez took 5th spot, setting the same time as Quartararo.
Bradley Smith leaves Barcelona as the fastest of the MotoGP riders, after heavy rain disrupted testing shortly before midday, and left the track wet for the rest of the day. The weather meant that some teams were forced to change their plans. Yamaha's original plan to go riding in the afternoon was scrapped, the factory heading straight to Aragon for two more days of testing. There, they will be joined by Suzuki, as well as a number of Moto2 teams.
Marc Marquez tested a 2014 chassis for the Repsol Honda team, combining last year's frame with this year's swingarm and engine. He was generally positive about the results, but as he had only done five laps on the chassis, said it was too short to be sure about it. He met with his team to draw up a plan to try it again at Assen, but with the weather at Assen looking unstable, they were unsure of having the time to do it. Dani Pedrosa did not try the chassis, as he is already using a different chassis to the one used by his teammate.
Bradley Smith sits at the top of the timesheets after the first three hours of testing at Barcelona, after rain has halted action at the track. Light rain started around noon, and then a heavy thunderstorm broke over the circuit, drenching the track and chasing everyone back into their garages.
The rain comes as a problem for Honda, who had a lot of work to do on Monday. The factory Yamaha team are more fortunate. The original plan was to ride after 2pm and then head to Aragon, so they will just head to Aragon instead.
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