The all important FP3 session took place in cooler conditions this morning at Mugello ahead of the Q1 and Q2 sessions this afternoon. This session is most important as it sets the positions for the afternoon sessions but with FP4 times not contributing to qualifying positions this is the one that counts.
|Lorenzo on form in Mugello
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
The continued shoulder injury to Ben Spies has forced him out of yet another round this season and will try and continue some improvement for Barcelona in two weeks time, better news for Marquez and Smith who are declared fit to race after their spills yesterday. Marquez had heavy bandaging to his chin and suffered a small crack to his humerus whereas Smith damaged left wrist ligaments and skinned the little finger of his left hand. Dovizioso looked like a cross between Doohan and Abe as he struggled with a neck injury sustained yesterday but still posted a top ten time yesterday.
Early on it was as you were from yesterday with Lorenzo bettering his Friday time after 10 minutes of the session from team mate Rossi and Crutchlow. There was a difference of opinion on which front tyre to use as the Factory Yamaha team prefer the softer option while the rest are preferring the harder option in the early stages of the session.
The Repsol Honda duo had mixed fortunes during the early to mid points of the session as Marquez posted that early all-important top ten time to prove he’s got the pace before dropping his Honda for the third time this weekend after running on at Correntaio but unfortunately the bike gripped and highsided him before the tyre wall thankfully without injury. Pedrosa finally joined the the top four with 20 minutes of the session left with his first lap of the weekend in the 1:48s as Lorenzo immediately raised the bar again with the fastest lap of the weekend of 1:47.985, the model of consistency throughout the session.
With ten minutes remaining the top ten for Q2 read Lorenzo, Rossi, Crutchlow, Pedrosa, Dovizioso, Bradl, Hayden, Iannone, Pirro and Marquez ahead of a frantic finale to the mornings proceedings as Bradl was first to put in a real improvement to break in to the 48s as top Honda before Pedrosa clicked with the circuit and logged a 1:48.222s lap to take second place ahead of a yet to improve Rossi and Crutchlow. Crutchlow was furious with himself as he completed his in lap at the end of the session unable to improve his best time of yesterday with Valentino Rossi, resplendent in his Tartaruga Mugello Special lid, also unable to find that extra pace but both safely in the top ten for Q2 this afternoon.
As the flag dropped on the session it was Lorenzo that topped the timesheets with a 1:47.972, the only man in the 1:47s bracket from Pedrosa, Rossi, Bradl, Crutchlow, Bautista, Dovizioso, Hayden, Pirro and CRT man Aleix Espargaro claiming the final Q2 slot ahead of Iannone and the injured pair of Marquez, on his number 2 bike, and Bradley Smith who have it all to do in Q1 if they’re to take the two remaining places in Q2 later this afternoon.
|1||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||338.6||1’47.972|
|2||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||342.9||1’48.222||0.250 / 0.250|
|3||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||338.9||1’48.489||0.517 / 0.267|
|4||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||337.9||1’48.580||0.608 / 0.091|
|5||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||Honda||340.1||1’48.703||0.731 / 0.123|
|6||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||338.6||1’48.749||0.777 / 0.046|
|7||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||341.4||1’48.779||0.807 / 0.030|
|8||69||Nicky HAYDEN||USA||Ducati Team||Ducati||341.2||1’48.798||0.826 / 0.019|
|9||51||Michele PIRRO||ITA||Ducati Test Team||Ducati||341.7||1’49.034||1.062 / 0.236|
|10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||326.1||1’49.039||1.067 / 0.005|
|11||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||340.9||1’49.135||1.163 / 0.096|
|12||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||342.6||1’49.218||1.246 / 0.083|
|13||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||335.5||1’49.257||1.285 / 0.039|
|14||8||Hector BARBERA||SPA||Avintia Blusens||FTR||322.7||1’49.551||1.579 / 0.294|
|15||14||Randy DE PUNIET||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||322.0||1’49.673||1.701 / 0.122|
|16||5||Colin EDWARDS||USA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||322.7||1’51.101||3.129 / 1.428|
|17||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||322.8||1’51.251||3.279 / 0.150|
|18||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||COL||Paul Bird Motorsport||ART||321.8||1’51.560||3.588 / 0.309|
|19||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Cardion AB Motoracing||ART||327.3||1’51.619||3.647 / 0.059|
|20||71||Claudio CORTI||ITA||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||FTR Kawasaki||328.3||1’52.189||4.217 / 0.570|
|21||52||Lukas PESEK||CZE||Came IodaRacing Project||Ioda-Suter||314.5||1’52.226||4.254 / 0.037|
|22||70||Michael LAVERTY||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||321.5||1’52.290||4.318 / 0.064|
|23||7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||JPN||Avintia Blusens||FTR||324.0||1’52.295||4.323 / 0.005|
|24||67||Bryan STARING||AUS||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||FTR Honda||323.3||1’53.165||5.193 / 0.870|
|11||Ben SPIES||USA||Ignite Pramac Racing||Ducati|