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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Foggia Robs Kelso

After the surprise rainfall for FP1 in Valencia, conditions improved for FP2, although the damp track made for a slow start, with only a dozen riders on the timing screens with 10 minutes left of the session. The track got a lot busies in the end and although slick tyres made their appearance, times were way off the pace and Izan Guevara’s FP1 time remained the fastest of the day. Dennis Foggia did speed up for his final flying lap to grab top spot in the session from replacement rider Joel Kelso, dropping Filip Salac to third.

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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP1 Result: Guevara Leads Binder

The circus returned to Valencia after another challenging season and the crowd got a first opportunity to celebrate their compatriot as the brand-new champion in the lightweight class. Despite the achievement, Pedro Acosta did not feature as heavily in FP1 as the very dark cloud cover that shed a few drops towards the end of the session. The rain started with Izan Guevara at the top of the timesheets, half a tenth ahead of the much-talked-about Darryn Binder and Andrea Migno. Filip Salac in fourth was two tenths of a second behind the leader and another tenth ahead of Acosta.

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Algarve Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison On Growing Pains, KTM Tyre Choice In Moto2, Darryn Binder, And Keeping Raul Fernandez Happy

Another dramatic day of Moto2 and Moto3 action at the Algarve GP saw one world champ crowned, while another man took a monumental step toward his.

Acosta champ despite growing pains

There was something approaching skepticism with regards to Pedro Acosta in the autumn of this year. The Tiburon de Mazarron’s incredible start to life in the Moto3 world championship had raised expectations to such an extent that a recent run of results in which he scored 7th, 8th and 3rd places in just his 14th, 15th and 16th GPs could be considered something of a crisis.

But this showing demonstrated he had lost none of that spark as he swept to his sixth win of the season to become the second youngest GP world champion in history at 17 years of 166 days old, just one day older than record holder Loris Capirossi, when he swept to the 1990 125cc title in Australia. When it really mattered, Acosta showed the mentality and the brass of a champion.

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Algarve MotoGP Subscriber Notes: Real Bravery, Moto3 Madness, The Best Bike On The Grid, And Honda's Tire Choices

Seventeen down and one to go. Also, two down, one to go. That is the story of Portimão, in a nutshell. But the raw numbers are not what matters. The most interesting part is how we got there, and the stories that we found along the way.

But before we return to the fripperies of motorcycle racing, something that really matters. On Saturday evening, on the road which runs from the circuit to the harbor town of Portimão, a horrific accident happened. On a section of road which had traffic measure in place to control the flow of traffic leaving and coming to the track, a police motorcycle hit a taxi head on.

It was a massive impact. The police officer died as a result of the collision, and the occupants of the taxi, the driver and a journalist, Lucio Lopez of MotoRaceNation, were badly injured. Journalist Simon Patterson, who saw the crash in his van, and photographer David Goldman, who was driving back to his hotel with passengers in his car, both stopped and immediately rushed to the taxi, which had caught fire. They pulled Lucio Lopez and the taxi driver from the car, just before it exploded.

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2021 Algarve Moto3 FP3 Result: McPhee Climbs To The Top

Portimão welcomed riders for day two with pretty cold and windy conditions but that did not stop the lightweight class from challenging for places directly into Q2. Although Pedro Acosta kept top spot warm for much of the session, it was John McPhee who picked up the pace to lead the time attack in the final couple of minutes. The Petronas rider looked back to his best after a tough weekend in Misano and topped FP3 by five hundredths of a second from Dennis Foggia, who continues to look strong.

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Algarve Friday MotoGP Round Up: Same Old Rivals, Handling The Pressure, Honda Rising, KTM Falling, And Taillights For Safety

You would almost think that the championship hadn't been wrapped up at Misano 2. Friday at Portimão saw Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia going head to head as if the title was still on the line. FP1? Fabio Quartararo beats Pecco Bagnaia, with the two separated by just 0.045. FP2? Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia swap fastest laps, with the Frenchman snatching the best time in the dying moments, Pecco Bagnaia coming up just short on his final lap.

Dig deeper into the times and it's clear just how far ahead the two riders who fought for the championship all this year are. Both are capable of banging out long sequences of 1'40.4s on new and used tires. The title may have been settled two weeks ago at Misano, but the battle of egos will not be done until the checkered flag drops at Valencia. The fierce but friendly rivalry continues to go down to the line.

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