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2015 Indianapolis Moto2 FP2 Result: Rabat Seizes Control

Tito Rabat has taken charge of the Moto2 class, controlling FP2 from the middle of the session. The reigning world champion was fast throughout practice, and set a pace which no one could get near. Sam Lowes got closest, the British rider ending the session in 2nd, but still nearly a third of a second off the pace of Rabat. Takaaki Nakagami was a surprising 3rd, though the Japanese rider has form here, having been on the podium once in 2013. 

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2015 Indianapolis MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Edges Marquez In Very Tight Session

Jorge Lorenzo has ended the day as the fastest man in MotoGP, after a tense battle with Marc Marquez over FP2. All throughout the session, Marquez and Lorenzo swapped places at the top of the timesheets, with occasional interruption from the factory Ducati riders. Marquez seemed to get the upper hand at the end, but Lorenzo first matched his time exactly, then went on to better it. But not by much: at the end, the difference was just three thousandths of a second.

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2015 Indianapolis Moto3 FP1 Result: Vazquez Leads From Quartararo And Antonelli

It was the turn of Efren Vazquez to defend the honor of the Leopard Racing Team on Friday afternoon at Indianapolis, the veteran Basque rider easily topping the timesheets of the second session of Moto3 practice. Fabio Quartararo took second slot, a tenth of a second behind Vazquez, and ahead of Niccolo Antonelli.

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2015 Indianapolis Moto2 FP1 Result: Rins Edges Folger And Rabat

Alex Rins was the fastest man in the first session of free practice in the Moto2 class. The HP Pons rider put in a late charge to take over at the top of the standings, and held on at the end to finish top. Jonas Folger ended the day in 2nd, holding off a stiff challenge from Tito Rabat. Rabat was lucky to stay on early in the session, the reigning world champion having a massive moment and nearly being thrown clear of the saddle of his Marc VDS Kalex. 

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2015 Indianapolis MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo And Marquez Swap Blows

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class. The Movistar Yamaha rider was fast from the start, and ended the session swapping places with Marc Marquez, finally coming out on top. Marquez was forced to settle for 2nd, though he is less than a tenth behind Lorenzo, and being this fast out of the gate will give him some encouragement that the speed he found in the last couple of races was not an illusion.

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The First Piece Of The Puzzle - Pol Espargaro To Remain At Tech 3 Yamaha For 2016

The first part of MotoGP's truncated silly season has fallen into place. As expected, Yamaha today announced that they have extended their deal with Pol Espargaro for another year. Espargaro will race a factory-backed Yamaha M1 with the Monster Tech 3 M1 season in 2016.

The news had been widely trailed, and is a sensible choice for the Spaniard. Though Espargaro is rumored to be taking a significant pay cut for next season, signing a one-year deal puts him in step with the factory riders, whose contracts are all up for renewal at the end of 2016. It means that he will be in a position to take advantage of any openings which arise in a factory squad.

The next move expected is for Bradley Smith to renew with Tech 3. Smith has his contract directly with the team, rather than with Yamaha like Pol Espargaro, and has been stuck in talks with the team for some time now. Current paddock opinion expects a deal to be announced soon, either this weekend or perhaps at Brno.

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2015 Indianapolis Moto3 FP1 Result: Kent Dominates And Crashes

Danny Kent's reign of terror continues in Moto3, the British rider dominating for most of the first session of free practice. Kent took the lead early, relinquished it briefly as a gaggle of KTMs took over at the top, then went back out and put nearly six tenths of a second over the opposition at the Indianapolis circuit. Unfortunately for Kent, he crashed on the next lap, walking away unhurt. No one could match his pace, though.

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2015 Indianapolis MotoGP Thursday Notes: Improved Hondas, Favored Yamahas, And The Silly Season That Wasn't

The summer break ended fittingly, in a downpour. Rain engulfed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the riders gathered for the start of the second half of the season, but it failed to dampen their spirits. Most of them were raring to go, having had three weekends away from racing. The only exceptions were the men who raced the Suzuka 8 Hour race, Pol Espargaro telling reporters he was 'a little tired' after missing out on some much needed downtime. As for the rest? "Looking forward to getting back to riding," was how Cal Crutchlow summed up the general feeling in the paddock. Fortunately for all concerned, Thursday's rain is likely to be the last for a few days. The MotoGP weekend should take place under clear skies and with good weather.

Perhaps most eager of all was Marc Márquez. He would have been happy to have skipped the summer break altogether, it coming just as he and his team had made a big step forward with the Honda RC213V. After struggling, then crashing out two races in a row, Márquez finished second at Assen, then dominated at the Sachsenring, and felt he was finding his feet. The most important thing, he told the press conference, was that he was enjoying riding the bike again, something which he hadn't done for a long while. "I didn't have this from Valencia and Sepang in the preseason," Márquez said.

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