Mugello, Italy

2011 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Practice: Early Fast Lap Takes Pole In Rain-Stricken Qualifying

Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello:

Casey Stoner has taken pole for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, setting an early fast lap as the rain hit the Mugello circuit once again during a MotoGP weekend. After losing most of yesterday afternoon's session to the weather, the rain came in yet again on Saturday afternoon to call an early halt to proceedings, leaving the riders who made a fast lap early in the session well up the standings.

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2011 Mugello 125cc Qualifying Practice Result: Rain Disrupts Qualifying

Results of the 125cc qualifying practice:

Johann Zarco will start tomorrow's 125cc race from pole, after the Frenchman capitalized on the early dry track time to set the fastest lap of the session. Rain started to fall after just 10 minutes of the session, lightly at first, and heavier later, making the track too wet to set a fast time on, but not wet enough to get any data from rain tires. The rain left Zarco on pole, with RW Racing's Luis Salom in 2nd, ahead of Sergio Gadea. Efren Vazquez heads up the second row, with Nico Terol and Sandro Cortese beside him.

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2011 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Result: Bradl Edges Marquez In Final Seconds

Stefan Bradl set the fastest time in the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Mugello, sneaking ahead of an otherwise dominant Marc Marquez in the final seconds of the session. Marquez was left to settle for 2nd, ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding, while Technomag CIP rider Kenan Sofuoglo was left in 5th.

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2011 Mugello 125cc FP3 Result: Terol Dominates Saturday Morning

Nico Terol has returned to the 125cc class after injury exactly as he left it: utterly dominant. The Bankia Aspar rider ended the final session of free practice with an advantage of more than a second over Johann Zarco, while the Frenchman was nearly seven tenths quicker than Efren Vazquez. Vazquez just squeaked ahead of Sandro Cortese, while Sergio Gadea and Jonas Folger followed in 5th and 6th respectively.

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2011 Mugello MotoGP Friday Roundup: Wet Weather, Fast Hondas, Pedrosa vs Simoncelli, And The Prospect Of More Tires

Herve Poncharal joked at Assen that if the MotoGP series wanted to find an extra source of income, it should offer to organize events in drought-stricken areas, as a MotoGP race appears to be a guarantee of rain this year. Mugello is no different: the locals say there has been no rain for weeks now - though the rich verdant green of the countryside would appear to suggest otherwise - and as soon as the MotoGP circus rolls into the Tuscan hills, the heavens part and rain falls.

The day started well enough - stunningly so, hot temperatures, clear skies - but as the morning neared an end, the clouds started to roll in. The 125cc class started with a few spots of rain, getting heavier as the MotoGP class started then drying out towards the end. So the MotoGP riders lost the best part of a session, while the wily Andrea Dovizioso posted a positively scorching time on the very last lap of the session, just as the track had dried enough to put in a good time.

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