Mugello, Italy

2021 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Result: Fernandez Leads KTM Charge

The intermediate class got one final chance to secure a direct Q2 position and although Sam Lowes topped Friday’s action, he was in a rush to leave his mark on FP3 as well, imrpoving his own benchmark on only his second lap of the session. The British rider went on to set a new lap record and rival Raul Fernandez spend the rest of the session threatening that time. The rookie got the job done eventually and improved the old record by over half a second in the closing stages of FP3. Remy Gardner reduced the gap to his teammate to one tenth of a second, while Lowes was demoted to third.

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2021 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Bagnaia Bags Another Home Run

Day 2 in Mugello for the premier class started even closer than it finished on Friday and even though Pecco Bagnaia kept prime position, he was one of the last riders to go faster than FP2. When he did, however, the Italian also claimed the all time lap record to start the morning a tenth or so quicker than championship leader Fabio Quartararo. In addition to the Ducati man, Brad Binder was the other rider a bit sluggish in finding time on Saturday morning but he turned it around in the final time attack to climb into an impressive third position.

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2021 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Migno Claims Lap Record

Another beautiful morning in Mugello brought another usual battle for the top 14 in the lightweight class, this time with a full 15 minutes dedicated to fresh rubber. After Sergio Garcia drew closer to the lap record on his first outing, it looked like Jaume Masia would claim the honour the second time around, but Andrea Migno was keen to keep the all time lap record in the home team and went a couple tenths faster than the previous benchmark. Masia had to settle for second, closely followed by Gabriel Rodrigo and Garcia.

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Mugello Friday Round Up: On The Relative Sensation Of Speed, New Parts Making The Difference, And Two Slow Riders

The only thing missing was the crowds. It was good to be back at Mugello, the most glorious jewel in the MotoGP calendar. Like all jewels, Mugello comes with sharp edges that need handling with care, and it took rookies and regulars alike some time to get used to the sheer speed at which they blasted down the straight.

Brad Binder had been impressed. "This morning was my first time ever at Mugello on the GP bike so it took me a while to find my feet and figure out where to go because it’s a bit different to how I remember it in Moto2; the straight is quite a bit quicker!" the South African said, with a fine sense for understatement. "Turn 1 is a lot more on the limit to find a good marker."

Contrary to expectations, Johann Zarco's top speed record of 362.4 km/h set at Qatar was not broken, the Frenchman's temporary Pramac teammate Michele Pirro managing a paltry 357.6 km/h in FP2. It may not have been faster than the top speed at Qatar, but it certainly feels a lot faster.

"At the first corner, when we arrive at 350 km/h in Qatar, I would say it's not normal, but it's fast," Fabio Quartararo explained. "If you compare to Mugello, when you arrive at the first corner, it looks like you are 450 km/h. Everything is going so fast, you see the wall on the left is so fast."

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2021 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Tops After Roberts Tumbles

Sam Lowes closed Day 1 at Mugello by topping the second practice session, as well as the combined standings in the intermediate class, taking over top spot for the final five minutes of FP1. Until that moment, Raul Fernandez had led the way for much of the session, also adding an impressive save at San Donato to his rookie repertoire. After a low-key morning, Jorge Navarro climbed up to third, three tenths off the leader and another tenth ahead of home favourite Marco Bezzecchi.

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2021 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Bids For Home Glory

The sublime setting of Tuscan hills bathed in sunshine deserved some home heroes to come to the fore in FP2 and best placed to do so was Pecco Bagnaia, the Ducati man taking the lead at the last second, after showing solid race pace too. Alex Rins was keen to make amends for the poor results of late and briefly topped the session before getting demoted to second for seven hundredths of a second.

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2021 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Binder Takes The Lead

The sun continued to smile over the lightweight class as the second practice session got underway and FP1 times were quick to tumble, much like championship leader Pedro Acosta. While the Spaniard recorded the first crash of the weekend in Moto3, his rivals were trading top spot in the session, with Darryn Binder the eventual victor by two tenths of a second. Dennis Foggia made his way towards the top of the timesheets of his home race to finish the day second, less than a tenth ahead of John McPhee.

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2021 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Roberts Robs Gardner

A sunny Mugello greeted the intermediate class for their first outing of the weekend and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. After the lead changed hands a few times, Joe Roberts took over by two tenths of a second, right after his save made it into the highlights reel. Championship leader Remy Gardner got demoted to second, ahead of rival Sam Lowes and closely followed by rookie Raul Fernandez.

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2021 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Fast Start For Viñales

Mugello welcomed the premier class back after a year’s hiatus forced by the pandemic but the home favourites had a low key first session, while Maverick Viñales stole the spotlight. After Michele Pirro started out fast on his favourite playground, the Spaniard took over at the front and resisted a late charge from compatriot Alex Rins to keep top spot to the checkered flag. Johann Zarco did not even need fresh rubber to climb into second, two tenths off the lead, while Rins dropped to third ahead of teammate Joan Mir.

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2021 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Home Advantage For Migno

The lightweight class got a sunny welcome to Mugello and the home favourites predictably enjoyed it the most. Top spot in FP1 was fought between Andrea Migno and Romano Fenati, with the Snipers rider eventually snatching the headlines at the checkered flag by almost half a second. Fenati settled for second, while Jaume Masia made a late jump into the top three and separated Niccolò Antonelli from his compatriots.

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