Mugello, Italy

2019 Mugello Moto2 FP3 Result: First For Fernandez

The final practice rodeo for the intermediate class had some surprises in store for the upcoming qualifying session. The lead changed hands plenty of times but one side of the FLEXBOX HP40 garage had significantly more reasons to smile than the other as the checkered flag came out. Augusto Fernandez picked up the lead for the final ten minutes and never let go, although Tom Luthi came within nine thousandths of a second of spoiling his day. Another tenth down, Alex Marquez completed the top three.

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2019 Mugello MotoGP FP3 Result: Alternative Remedies For Petrucci

The third practice session for the premier class was a slow cooker with a soap opera climax. Ten minutes it, it was business as usual, with a flu-ridden Marc Marquez attacking the combined timesheets and waiting for challengers. And he found an unusual one in Takaaki Nakagami, the LCR man flying in sector 3 on his way to the top of the timesheets. Mid session entertainment was provided by Fabio Quartararo who was keen to grab some headlines but all his good work was forgotten as fresh soft rubber hit the track for the final ten minutes.

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2019 Mugello Moto3 FP3 Result: Arbolino Mugs Lopez

Another warm morning in Mugello and with no worries about the weather the lightweight class really took its time to warm up the timesheets. It wasn’t until halfway through the session that Aron Canet bettered Friday’s best time and left the opposition with over half a second to find. And again, they were not in much of a hurry until the final couple of minutes kickstarted the assault for direct Q2 positions.

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Mugello MotoGP Friday Round Up: Rookie Revolution, Marquez Gets His Tires, And Ducati's Funky New Aero

And so the rookies conquered Mugello. After a motley crew topped the timesheets in the morning – Marc Márquez taking top spot, ahead of the Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro (Ducati's test rider, who is rapidly closing on a light year or so of laps around Mugello, and is immediately up to speed), followed by Fabio Quartararo, Aleix Espargaro, and Jack Miller – the rookies shone in the afternoon. Pecco Bagnaia sat atop the timesheets after FP2, fractionally ahead (0.046 seconds, ironically) of Fabio Quartararo, with Danilo Petrucci taking third, the first of the veterans to cross the line.

For Quartararo to head the timesheets is not much of a surprise. The Petronas Yamaha SRT rider has consistently been fast, already having a pole and a fastest race lap to his name. But Bagnaia's name was something of a surprise. The Italian had been heavily tipped before the start of the season, but once racing got underway, he had slowly slipped back into obscurity. That is part of the learning process, figuring out what you need from the bike at each track, learning from your crew how to get the best out of your package, understanding how the bike behaves in a variety of conditions.

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2019 Mugello Moto2 FP2 Result: Some More Marini

The final session of the day was more of a post-credits scene than a dramatic climax as the intermediate class was in no hurry to improve on their morning benchmarks but eventually they got the job done. The fastest man of the day ended up being Luca Marini, the Italian leading both Friday sessions, this time by only eight thousandths of a second from Tom Luthi – with both riders dropping down into the 1:51s. Mattia Pasini also led the way for a significant amount of time before the veteran Moto2 rider settled for third, this weekend back on the Petronas machine.

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2019 Mugello MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Heads Rookie Assault

Action was hotting up on Friday afternoon and it wasn’t just down to the lovely weather that Mugello has been spoiling us with. It was business as usual for much of the session, Marc Marquez setting camp at the top of the timesheets until an early shootout ensued for the final five minutes. That was when Pramac’s new Lamborghini livery stole the limelight not just because it’s pretty cool looking but also because rookie Pecco Bagnaia attacked the top of the timesheets and finished the day as the fastest man on track.

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2019 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Suzuki Scores A Double For SIC58

The second outing of the day ended in a bit of a shootout for the lightweight class and the improved conditions mixed with new rubber and copious amounts of slipstream turned the classification on his head somewhat. Regardless, the SIC58 squad continued to show strong form, following up on Niccolo Antonelli’s top performance in FP1 with Tatsuki Suzuki’s name in the lead this time around.

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2019 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Marini Makes It Two Out Of Three for Italy

Resplendent Mugello welcomed the intermediate class for the final FP1 session and it was a prolific playground for many of the usual contenders. Alex Marquez was an early leader, riding the wave of his victory in Le Mans but eventually it was Luca Marini’s turn to save homeland honour and lead the way in the morning session by four hundredths of a second. Compatriot Fabio di Giannantonio joined the top three, while Tom Luthi slowly snuck his way into the top positions.

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2019 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Takes On The Ducatis

It was perfect conditions in a perfect setting to ride a bike in Italy and Honda laid down the gauntlet in Ducati territory by helping Marc Marquez rodeo his way to the top of the timesheets. The first challenger from the red corner was Danilo Petrucci, the Italian making a late jump into second position, but it was Michele Pirro who proved once again that he’s more than Ducati’s guinea pig.

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2019 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Antonelli Feels At Home

It was a glorious welcome to the Tuscan hills for the world championship and the lightweight class were the first to clear away the cobwebs. They did a reasonably good job too, with few off track excursions and plenty of the usual suspects crowding the top of the timesheets. To the delight of the locals, it was an Italian taking the first headline of the day, Jerez winner Niccolo Antonelli back into the limelight after an unfortunate weekend in France. Gabriel Rodrigo led the way for a while before getting demoted to second by a tenth of a second, ahead of Le Mans victor John McPhee.

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