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2011 Le Mans 125cc FP3 Result: Terol's Reign Continues

Nico Terol continues to turn 125cc reports into a cliche. The Bankia Aspar rider once again dominated the third session of free practice for the 125cc class, and waited until the latter part of the session to press home his advantage. Frenchman Johann Zarco ended the session 2nd, ahead of the other two Bankia Aspar's of Hector Faubel and an impressive showing from Adrian Martin.

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2011 MotoGP Le Mans Friday Round Up - Normal Service Resumed

There's an old saying in racing: "When the flag drops, the production of bovine fecal matter stops." Though the phrase "production of bovine fecal matter" is usually replaced by something a good deal more succinct, colorful, and likely to get blocked by some internet filters. So once the bikes rolled out onto the track for a full day of timed practice, the bellow of MotoGP bikes finally silenced the complaining that had been going on on all sides since the bikes were rolled back into the trucks on Monday night after Estoril.

There's certainly no place to hide from the Hondas at Le Mans. HRC came to what has traditionally been regarded as a Yamaha track and has wiped the floor with the opposition. On Friday morning, the four factory Hondas (three Repsols and one San Carlo Gresini) took the top four slots on the timesheets, the nearest non-Honda (the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo) over a second behind fastest man Casey Stoner. In the afternoon, Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden helped disrupt the party, snagging 4th ahead of Lorenzo, demoting Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso down to 6th. The Ducati and the Yamaha even closed the gap on the top Honda, from over a second to just under nine-tenths of a second.

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2011 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Bradl Leads Again

Stefan Bradl continues to lead the way in the Moto2 class. The Viessman Kiefer rider was nearly three tenths faster than Interwetten's Thomas Luthi, while IODA Racing's Simone Corsi set the 3rd fastest time. Local hero Jules Cluzel went 4th fastest, a fraction ahead of Andrea Iannone, Marc Marquez and Alex de Angelis.

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2011 Le Mans 125cc FP2 Result: Terol Pulls Huge Lead At End Of Session

Nico Terol continues to be a cut above the rest of the 125cc field at Le Mans, the Bankia Aspar rider putting over half a second on 2nd place rider Efren Vazquez. Terol waited until the final minute to take the lead, though, posting two blistering laps in the dying seconds of the session to demote Vazquez to 2nd. Sandro Cortese also waited until the final moments to jump up into 3rd, ahead of Terol's teammate Hector Faubel. Jonas Folger bagged 5th, while a strong showing from RW Racing's Luis Salom put the Spaniard in 6th.

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2011 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Stoner Leads A Honda Whitewash

In theory, Le Mans is a Yamaha circuit, but it appears that somebody has neglected to inform HRC of this fact. At the end of the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans, the four, full-factory Honda RC212Vs topped the timesheets, with the three Repsol bikes in the top three. Unsurprisingly, it was Casey Stoner who led the way, well under the race lap record in just the first session. His lead looked pretty unsurmountable, with an advantage of around a second for much of the session. Only towards the end did his fellow Honda riders close the gap. 

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