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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.
Marc Marquez ended the session in 4th, despite suffering a small crash halfway through the session. Marquez lost the front in Turn 1, but could not catch it, his injured finger perhaps hindering him a fraction. He was completely unhurt in the crash, going out again a little later on his second bike. Cal Crutchlow set the 5th best time, just ahead of an impressive Danilo Petrucci.
A lot of riders spent their time working on tires. The combination which most seemed to be happiest with was the medium rear tire, and the hard front tire. Most of the grid opted for this combination.
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.
Lorenzo ended the session as fastest, just ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow ended in top spot, having also posted an impressive string of laps early in the session. Crutchlow had a shot at the fastest time, passing through the third timed sector half a tenth up, before looking up and backing off.
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. Aleix Espargaro took 5th spot on the Suzuki, with Danilo Petrucci putting the Pramac Ducati into 6th, ahead of the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow.
Valentino Rossi ended the session in 13th, but the Movistar Yamaha rider spent the day working on race set up, a wise choice given that the temperature in FP2 is closer to what it will be during the race. The time he set this morning was already good enough to put him through to Q2.
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.
Cal Crutchlow ended the session in 3rd, and fastest Honda, sneaking ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. The question of whether the Desmosedici GP15 would be quick round Jerez, traditionally Ducati's bogey track, has been answered, Dovizioso running in second for most fo the session. Pol Espargaro ended the session in 5th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, both Yamaha men impressing with a solid pace.
Marc Marquez rode, using a specially adapted handlebar grip, and ended the session in eighth. Marquez did not seem to be suffering any particular problems, and is due to have his injured finger checked at the end of each session today.