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2009 Mugello MotoGP WUP Result - Rain Shakes Up The Order

Rain started falling just at Mugello just as the MotoGP riders were to take to the track for their warm up session, and the rain shook up the paddock hierarchy. Casey Stoner was the quickest of the bunch, and would have been by even more if he hadn't been balked on his final lap, running into traffic as he exited Correntaio. But Marco Melandri gave the Australian a run for his money, the rain removing the horsepower advantage the Ducati has over the Kawasaki. Unsurprisingly, Chris Vermeulen clocked the 3rd fastest time, while Valentino Rossi was in touch with the top 3.

The rain suited Nicky Hayden, who set the 6th fastest time, and his best result in a practice session for a very long time. But it pleased Jorge Lorenzo less, the polesitter only going 13th fastest, and nearly 3 seconds off Stoner's pace. Dani Pedrosa was out and riding, despite having torn a muscle in his hip yesterday, which left him in excruciating pain. If the rain stays, this will suit the Spaniard, as he will need less physical strength to muscle his Repsol Honda around the track, and he may be able to finish the race and score some valuable points. Pedrosa had already placed a question mark over his ability to last the race had the weather been as hot and sunny on race day as it was during qualifying. As it was, he set the 11th fastest time.

The weather is set to stay wet, though it should be showers, rather than steady rain. All that leaves the question of what tires to go out on, and whether tires will need to be changed up in the air. It's likely to be a very messy Italian Grand Prix.

Results of MotoGP warm up:

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2009 Red Bull Rookies Cup Standings After Round 2, Mugello

1 FAGERHAUG Sturla NOR 70  
2 KENT Danny GBR 50 -20
3 KORNFEIL Jakub CZE 38 -32
4 HIURA Daijiro JPN 32 -38
5 SCHOLTZ Mathew RSA 29 -41
6 MARINO Florian FRA 26 -44
7 PARDO Alejandro ITA 21 -49
8 KRISTIANSSON Alexand SWE 20 -50
9 RUIZ Daniel SPA 18 -52
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2009 Mugello Red Bull Rookies Cup Race Result

Sturla Fagerhaug won the Red Bull Rookies race at Mugello on Saturday, after a mature recovery from a terrible start. The Norwegian got away from the line terribly, crossing the line at the end of the first lap well down the order. But Fagerhaug settled down into a rhythm and fought his way forward to catch leader Jakub Kornfeil, then break away from the chasing pack together with the Czech rider.

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2009 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Report

Qualifying for the MotoGP class at Mugello took place under a hot Tuscan sun, the weekend continuing as it started yesterday. And just like yesterday afternoon, it was Valentino Rossi taking an early lead, cracking under the race lap record and into the 1'49s on just his 3rd lap. Rossi had been goaded into action after the morning session in which Casey Stoner once again did what he does best, which is to start fast and never let up, the Australian setting an astonishing 1'49.323 in the second session of free practice. So by laying down the law early in qualifying, Valentino Rossi set out his stall, making it clear to all what it would take to beat him.

For the first half of qualifying, the only man capable of getting close to Rossi was his team mate Jorge Lorenzo. Both Fiat Yamaha men spent the first 30 minutes doing long runs and race simulations, the pair of them putting in terrifyingly consistent runs in the mid to high 1'49s, setting the pace that will be needed for victory at Mugello on Sunday. Only Colin Edwards looked capable of approaching the pace of the Fiat Yamahas, the Texan demonstrating that the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha is very close to the factory bikes in performance.

The halfway point of the session came and went, and the wait began for the first real challenge to Rossi's dominance. The expectation was that it would come from Casey Stoner, as Stoner's time from the morning session was still nearly half a second quicker than Rossi's provisional pole session, but the Australian was having problems with the Ducati, spending time diving in and out of the pits to adjust the bike, and get the machine to turn.

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2009 Mugello 250cc Qualifying Practice Result - Dream Front Row Settled In Final Minute

Results and summary of the 250cc Qualifying Practice at Mugello:

Alvaro Bautista took pole for tomorrow's 250cc race at Mugello, after a final minute surge took him to the top of the timesheets. Bautista was aided by Marco Simoncelli being fractionally balked on his last lap, as the Italian came up just a fraction too close on Raffaele de Rosa in the final corner, losing a couple of hundredths and just missing out on pole.

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2009 Mugello 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Surprise One-Two

Qualifying practice summary and results for the 125cc class at Mugello:

Bradley Smith and Scott Redding took a surprise British one-two during qualifying for tomorrow's 125cc Grand Prix. The session quickly turned into a battle royal between the Bancaja Aspar team mates Julian Simon and Bradley Smith, but it was Smith who was first under 1'59, and then taking pole back from with 10 minutes to go. 6 minutes later, the British rider improved even further, smashing the pole record with an astounding 1'58.134 lap, which no one was capable of matching.

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2009 Mugello 250cc FP2 Result - Simoncelli Strikes Back

Marco Simoncelli seized control of the second session of free practice for the 250cc class at Mugello right from the start. The Italian, who could only manage the 8th fastest time yesterday, took top time after just 10 minutes of the session, and never relinquished his spot. Alvaro Bautista, who dominated yesterday, could only manage the 5th fastest time, behind Hiroshi Aoyama who was similarly slower. Hector Barbera's 2nd fastest time underlined the Spaniard's pace here at Mugello, but the big surprise is Karel Abraham's 3rd spot.

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