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Barcelona Private Test: Marquez Fastest As Riders Slate Chicane

What had originally been planned as a two-day private test for Ducati grew into something rather larger, with Honda and Aprilia also joining the fray. At the end of two days, it was Marc Marquez who ended the test as fastest, a couple of tenths quicker than Jorge Lorenzo on the Ducati, while Alvaro Bautista was third fastest on the Aspar bike. 

The test at Barcelona gave the riders a chance to test two of the most important changes for the series. First, the new, much shorter chicane being used instead of the F1 chicane, replacing Turn 12 where Luis Salom tragically lost his life during practice last year. And second, the riders got a chance to test the stiffer front tire (the '70') which will be used from Mugello onwards, and will therefore be used in Barcelona during the race.

The verdict on the chicane was universal, and the language used to describe it colorful and filled with expletives. Aleix Espargaro was the least unprintable of the riders there, telling Crash.net's Neil Morrison, "It's not fun to ride." The Barcelona track had once been one of the best in the world to ride, Espargaro said, and now it was just another track. MotoGP would be OK, Espargaro's Aprilia team mate Sam Lowes said, but it would cause carnage in Moto2 and especially Moto3, if a large group of riders tried to all get through there at the same time.

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2017 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Viñales Tops Crash-Filled Session

With some more sun on the menu for the MotoGP class, the riders were eager to assess their pace in fully dry if slightly chilly conditions. One might say a little too eager, both factory Ducatis crashing on their outlap within two minutes of each other in the same turn ten, followed soon after by Jack Miller making it safely through a scary crash into turn one.

Meanwhile, the Yamahas showed off their pace and their internal winglets by claiming the top three in the debut of the session, with Maverick Viñales on top of Johann Zarco and Valentino Rossi.

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2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Bagnaia and Morbidelli Fly The Academy Flag

The intermediate class was finally graced with a fully dry session, with the occasional damp patch seriously testing the riders’ attention – to more or less success, with several crashes and plenty of replay-worthy moments.

Franco Morbidelli was back to his usual antics, which meant taking the lead and letting everyone else try and catch up. Pecco Bagnaia accepted that challenge and he proved to be just as fast in the dry as he was in the wet around Le Mans, the Italian topping the session in his final few laps. Morbidelli dropped less than a tenth behind his VR46 Academy colleague to secure second position.

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2017 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Redding and Lorenzo Bookend Dry Session

A glimpse of sun on a largely light blue sky almost looked like an illusion after the setting offered by Le Mans for the previous practice sessions. A drying track set things up nicely for a fierce fight for direct Q2 access in the final ten minutes of the session.

That also meant that besides Danilo Petrucci going like a rocket through the turn two gravel trap, there was little action in the first half of the session, Alvaro Bautista getting quite a bit of airtime as the only rider going around as the track was drying.

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2017 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: Bulega Leads Another Damp Session

Cold, dark and humid – isn’t France lovely? The endless talk about weather in Le Mans doesn’t look like ending anytime soon, with a damp circuit waiting for the lightweight class in the third practice session.

The Italian brigade attacked the top of the timesheets from the start, with Marco Bezzecchi, Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Dalla Porta holding the lead temporarily, while the likes of Joan Mir and Jorge Martin were sitting comfortably in their garages waiting for the track to dry.

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2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Steals The Spotlight Off Hernandez

With the title contenders being extra cautious in full wet conditions, that let some more names shine through at the top of the timesheets - at least until the very end, when some familiar names were cast in the top roles. Jerez winner Alex Marquez waited until the very last lap to cruise to the top and lead the session by almost eight tenths of a second.

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