Results and summary of the MotoGP race in Misano:
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With three front tyre options, of which two were new compounds, some of the riders were still to make a decision for the race as they took to the track for the final practice session. Valentino Rossi had a slow start but the shortage of soft tyres didn’t seem to bother him, the Italian taking over at the top in the final minutes with a medium front–hard rear combination, the fresh rubber placing him four tenths ahead of the field.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Misano:
Franco Morbidelli was on fire as the intermediate class took to the track, the Italian rider going straight to the top of the timesheets and keeping Johann Zarco in check, both metaphorically and literally, the Estrella Galicia rider following the world champion around the track. The duo were at the top until the very last lap, when the man who dominated Friday in Misano, Takaaki Nakagami, showed his hand and surpassed both by over a tenth of a second.
With Morbidelli second and Zarco third, fourth position went to Lorenzo Baldassarri, who improved on his last lap to trail the top three by less than a tenth. An early time kept Thomas Luthi within three tenths of the leader, with Jonas Folger and Alex Marquez another tenth back, the two separated by barely five thousands of a second.
The Saturday morning session started off light, teams working on race pace in the beginning, only a few riders here and there improving their Friday times early on, including Valentino Rossi, his pal Aleix Espargaro and teammate Maverick Viñales.
With eight minutes to go, the fight for a place in the top ten heated up as usual and the world championship leader was the first to put the fight talk on track and set a 1:32.4, the fastest time of the weekend so far. That meant Marc Marquez led both the session and the combined practice times.
Another sunny morning opened Saturday proceedings for the Moto3 class, which meant the usual suspects fought to have their name at the top of the hierarchy.
Brad Binder, Jorge Navarro and Enea Bastianini juggled the top three for much of the session, before the South-African pulled a Lorenzo to set several sublime laps that beat the best time of the weekend, a mix of mid and high 1:42s. Meanwhile, the Honda boys were playing around with new fairings and let Joan Mir steal their thunder with a fast lap only a tenth away from the circuit record. The Spaniard went straight to the top of the timesheets and stayed there until the flag.
Johann Zarco started the session at the top before Takaaki Nakagami built up momentum to lead another session on the Adriatic coast. The Japanese rider’s domination in the final sector kept Zarco’s attempts at bay until the end, registering a red hot last lap that put him over three tenths over the championship leader and the only rider into the 1:37s.
Much like in the morning session, Lorenzo Baldassarri left it late to challenge the top three but managed to put in a fast final lap that placed him one tenth off Zarco. Alex Rins and Thomas Luthi were next best, although Luthi failed to improve on this FP1 time.
If keeping count of cancelled lap times, you might have been under the impression that you were watching a Moto3 session this afternoon, but no, it was indeed the big boys being naughty in Misano.
After Jorge Lorenzo held the lead for a significant portion of FP2, it was Pol Espargaro who took an extra step from this morning to lead another session for Yamaha. Following the world championship leader on track, Espargaro put in a lap almost half a second faster than Lorenzo’s previous benchmark, becoming the first man into the 1:32s. While the rest chipped away at his lead, he still kept top position as the checkered flag came out.