See you in the morning!
Drivers liked the road because it was more technical to drive than expected. Security is also ok so far, only one or two places need to be improved for next year. We saw a lot of people braking today before the first turn. Therefore, the starting phase can be crucial. Tomorrow we will see it in the race.
Saturday schedule (at CEST):
05:40-06:10: Moto3 practice 3
06:25-06:55 AM: Moto2 3 practice
07:10-07:40: MotoGP 2 free practice
07:50-08:05: The first section of the motorcycle race
08:15-08:30: Motorcycle race, second section
09:50 – 10:05 AM: Moto3 Q1
10:15-10:30am: Moto3 Q2
10:45-11:00: Moto 2 Q1
11:10 – 11:25 AM: Moto2 Q2
12:00 noon: MotoGP (12 laps)
Moto3: Fenati in hospital for examination
After collapsing during afternoon training, Romano Fenati was taken to hospital for further tests on his left foot as he was in pain. Tomorrow he will be examined again by MotoGP doctors before the third practice session. After that, it will be determined whether he can drive or not.
The daily report from the race stewards is in place and no driver has been penalized in any category. There was a close situation in the MotoGP World Championship training sessions between Maverick Vinales and his teammate Espargaro, but it seems that this was not an obstacle.
Quite a few falls today
Across all classes, 30 falls were counted across all six courses today. Moto3 accounts for twelve of them, Moto2 eight and therefore MotoGP ten.
MotoGP: Direct qualification for Q2
Luca Marini (VR46-Ducati)
Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati)
Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)
Marc Marquez (Honda)
Marco Pizzicchi (VR46-Ducati)
Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati)
Joan Mir (Honda)
– Link to the full result
MotoGP T: Practice start
Just as after the first practice session, drivers are allowed to return to the starting grid and check their starting systems. Especially in Bagnaya, it works better than in the morning.
MotoGP T: No KTM in the top ten
The KTM team had bad luck with yellow flags several times today and ended up missing out on the top ten.
Brad Bender is 12th, Augusto Fernandez is 15th, Jack Miller is 18th and Pol Espargaro is 19th.
MotoGP T: Ducati duo at the top
Moments before Nakagami fell, Luca Marini set a new best time of 1:44.782 minutes. He is eight thousandths of a second faster than Jorge Martin. Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro comes in third place.
Marc Marquez finally finished Friday in fourth place. Marco Pizzicchi completed the top five, ahead of Maverick Vinales’ second Aprilia.
Francesco Bagnaia is in seventh place. With Fabio Quartararo in eighth, Yamaha is also in Q2. Johann Zarco secured five Ducatis in the top ten.
Joan Mir reached the second quarter for the first time this season in tenth place. Both Honda drivers reached the top ten.
MotoGP T: Yellow flags end the hunt for times
There are improvements time to finish. The black and white checkered flag now appears, and yellow flags eventually end the search several times.
Takaaki Nakagami crashed in turn 8. So some drivers have to cut their laps with better split times.
Brad Bender and Augusto Fernandez finished laps and finished in the top ten, but their times were canceled due to yellow flags.
MotoGP T: No KTM in the top ten
Bender is 12th, Augusto Fernandez is 14th, and Miller is 18th.
Pol Espargaro just improved to 19th.
MotoGP T: Ducati attacks
Martin set a new best time of 1:44.790 minutes. Bezzecchi cannot respond and ends up in third place – because Marc Márquez has jumped himself to second place.
MotoGP T: Final stage
Everyone picks up a soft, fresh rear tire in the pits for the final attack.
The positions in Q2 are currently occupied by: Pizzici, Quartararo, Marini, Viñales, Zarco, Di Giannantonio, Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Martin and Bender.
MotoGP T: Marc Marquez in fifth
The six-time MotoGP world champion improved to fifth place. Marc Marquez is just a tenth of a second from the top.
MotoGP T: All four Aprilias in the top ten
Bezzecchi sets a new best time and pushes Vinales out of the lead. Aleix Espargaro is fifth, Raul Fernandez confirms his upward trend with sixth, and Oliveira’s Aprilia IV can be found in tenth.
MotoGP T: I’m third
The Honda rider improves on the next lap and is less than four-tenths of a second behind. We have never seen Mir make this much progress with Honda before.
MotoGP T: I’m fifth
Viñales set a new best time of 1:45.361 minutes.
But Mir has also made gains with Honda and is now in fifth place. His teammate doesn’t look too happy. Marc Marquez shakes his head while driving. He is the twelfth
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