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Le Mans was great, well for the 4th place battle anyway, JL99 most def back in form and looking good. Dani although he made his return sadly we saw his crash; however he did finish the race which was very important to test his arm.
Marc seems to be having issue with his bike, i'm sure him and his team will figure it out, they had better, and fast! We will see Marc back winning im sure of that. Vale still leading the championship took home a great second place, and continues to look strong. Dovi once again on the podium, Mr consistency lol.


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Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest race circuits.

A blend of slow and fast turns with sweeping curves, long straights and off-camber corners make Mugello one of the most challenging circuits for the riders and engineers. Having hosted its first MotoGP event back in 1976 the venue became a permanent fixture in 1991 after extensive refurbishment. Set within a beautiful tree lined Tuscan valley, Mugello also offers ample viewing areas for a particularly boisterous and partisan Italian crowd.

Circuit Record
2013
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
Marc 93 Time 1'47.639 Speed 175.4

Current Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 102
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 87
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 83
4 Marc Marquez Honda 69
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 61
6 Cal Crutchlow Honda 47
7 Bradley Smith Yamaha 46
8 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 35
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 31
10 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 27
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 25
12 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 20
13 Hector Barbera Ducati 13
14 Scott Redding Honda 13
15 Dani Pedrosa Honda 10
16 Nicky Hayden Honda 8
17 Jack Miller Honda 6
18 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 6
19 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 3
21 Eugene Laverty Honda 2
22 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1

MOTOGP CONSTRUCTOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 (AFTER ROUND 5)
POSITION MANUFACTURER POINTS
1 Yamaha 116
2 Ducati 86
3 Honda 85
4 Suzuki 38
5 Yamaha Forward 6
6 Aprilla 3

2014 Podium
MM93
JL99
VR46


 

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All Times are Eastern Standard Time Zone
Fri May 29
Moto3 FP1 03:00 - 03:40
MotoGP FP1 03:55 - 04:40
Moto2 FP1 04:55 - 05:40
Moto3 FP2 07:10 - 07:50
MotoGP FP2 08:05 - 08:50
Moto2 FP2 09:05 - 09:50

Sat May 30
Moto3 FP3 03:00 - 03:40
MotoGP FP3 03:55 - 04:40
Moto2 FP3 04:55 - 05:40
Moto3 QP 06:35 - 07:15
MotoGP FP4 07:30 - 08:00
MotoGP Q1 08:10 - 08:25
MotoGP Q2 08:35 - 08:50
Moto2 QP 09:05 - 09:50

Sun May 31
Moto3 WUP 02:40 - 03:00
Moto2 WUP 03:10 - 03:30
MotoGP WUP 03:40 - 04:00
Moto3 RAC 05:00
Moto2 RAC 06:20
MotoGP RAC 08:00
 

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JL99 Comments: are spot on!!
“I was very far from Valentino before Jerez,” Lorenzo confirmed. “Some people said I was in crisis and probably some of them are going to say that Marquez is in crisis because of these races.

“But you know myself, Marc, Valentino, we have the talent and we have to wait for all the circumstances to be on the right way and Marc is going to come back. He is going to win races and be competitive in the future. Obviously we have to try to keep this points advantage.
 

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MotoGP Italy: Smith can’t wait for ‘awesome’ Mugello 25 May 2015
"I was right in the hunt with Iannone and Marquez in the final section of the race, so I hope to be in a similar position this time around" - Bradley Smith.

Just one point separates Bradley Smith from top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow heading into this weekend's sixth round at Mugello in Italy.

Smith has claimed three sixth-places for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team so far this season and was 'in the hunt' with factory stars Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez last time in Le Mans.

“It's that time of the year when we visit the awesome Mugello circuit again,” Smith said. “Riding this track is a real pleasure and the race event is one that everyone enjoys, especially as the crowd is always so passionate. The track is undulating and there is a huge straight which means some of the fastest top speeds of the year.

“With regards to the Yamaha, the flowing nature of the circuit suits us and as long as I ride smoothly, I feel that we can clinch a good result. Last race, I was right in the hunt with Iannone and Marquez in the final section of the race, so I hope to be in a similar position this time around on Sunday afternoon.

“As always, we will try to hit the ground running and we will look to get everything set up as soon as possible so that we can have a strong qualifying which is vital in order to close the weekend with a positive result in the race."

Earlier today (Monday) Smith and team-mate Pol Espargaro were confirmed as riding in this year's Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, which takes place in July.
 

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MotoGP: ‘Motivated’ Marquez looking to strike back in Italy
26 May 2015

“We know Valentino will be very strong at his home race, Jorge and Dani have a good history there and Ducati were testing there just a few weeks ago" - Marc Marquez.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is determined to get back into the victory battle at Mugello this weekend.

Marquez - like the other factory class Honda riders - suffered surprise front-end problems during the previous Le Mans race, dropping the Spaniard from pole to fourth.

"We are very motivated after the weekend in Le Mans and arrive in Italy in good shape,” Marquez said. “We must work hard from Friday to find a good set-up as Mugello is a complicated circuit, however, I like it and have good memories from my first victory in 2010.”

Marquez also won at Mugello last season, when he defeated Jorge Lorenzo in a close duel to claim the sixth of what would be ten wins in a row.

The Spaniard returns with just one victory so far this season and now trails Lorenzo's Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi by 33 points heading into the Italian's home event.

“We know Valentino will be very strong at his home race, Jorge and Dani have a good history there and Ducati were testing there just a few weeks ago, so we will have to be focused all weekend,” Marquez added.

Marquez is the only non-Yamaha rider to have won so far this season.
 

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Valentino Rossi’s love affair with Mugello
Mugello has been the scene of some of the greatest moments in his career, but Rossi has experienced the darker side of racing here too…
With nineteen years of experience reporting on MotoGP™ for Motorcycle News, Matthew Birt knows the championship inside-out. For the 2015 season he joins the *********** team to bring you exclusive news and opinion from inside the paddock.

Given Valentino Rossi’s love affair with Mugello, it is incredible to think it is seven years since the last of his magnificent seven successive MotoGP victories at the awe-inspiring track.

Despite his unrivalled success, the Movistar Yamaha rider’s fortunes have been as up and down as the spectacular circuit itself.

Mugello has been the scene of some of the greatest moments in his career, but Rossi has experienced the darker side of racing here too.

His first win in Mugello was a 125cc success in 1997 and was made more memorable by his mischievous mocking of bitter Italian rival Max Biaggi.

Rossi celebrated with an inflatable doll that had German model Claudia Schiffer’s name scribbled on it in a direct swipe at Biaggi’s link to fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell.

His solitary 250cc success came in 1999 when using the distinctive one-off ‘Peace and Love’ Aprilia livery.

Rossi’s popularity was already booming and it was at a time when thousands of fervent Italian fans would invade the circuit. Trying to escape his adoring public, Rossi fell off his Aprilia machine when he rode into TV cameraman Gigi Soldano on the slowing down lap!

Rossi’s first bitter experience of Mugello came in his rookie premier class campaign in 2000. Aiming to become the first Italian rider to win a 500cc race at Mugello, Rossi fought an enthralling battle with Loris Capirossi and Biaggi but fell out of the lead late on.

He crashed again a year later in monsoon conditions while racing his Honda NSR500 in a special Hawaiian livery.

After that tumble, superstitious Rossi hasn’t used a special livery for Mugello since and instead he took to rolling out unique helmet designs.

The helmet tradition started in 2002 and the traditional Saturday morning unveiling has become a hugely anticipated moment of the season.

The first version was a design used by his father Graziano back in 1979 – the same year Rossi was born.

The start of the one-off helmet designs coincided with Rossi’s unrivalled domination at Mugello, with his success in 2002 the first of a record seven straight wins.

His 2002 success triggered another brilliantly orchestrated post race celebration.

Rossi was dominating on the stunning new Honda V5 machine and he’d had to deal with snipes that his success owed much to the top speed of the RC211V.

Mugello has one of the longest straights on the calendar, so after another win over Biaggi, he stopped and was issued with a speeding fine by fans dressed as police.

Rossi’s Mugello memories have not just been created on track. You can never accuse him of lacking humour and ingenuity.

In 2008 he unveiled the most famous of his Mugello creations.

Sprawled across the top of his AGV was his own face in a shocked expression.

The inspired idea came from legendary designer Aldo Drudi after he asked Rossi what his face looked like when he was braking at the end of the end of the straight.

He won that day, but since then, it has been more a tale of woe than win.

In 2010, Rossi suffered a huge high side on the entry to the fast Biondetti chicane in Saturday’s morning practice. He was left with a compound fracture of his right tibia.

Two low-key top six finishes on the ill-handling Ducati Desmosedici in 2011 and ’12 were followed by renewed hopes that Mr. Mugello would be back to winning ways on his return to Yamaha in 2013.

However, Rossi’s race lasted barely 30 seconds when he was out on a disastrous first lap after a tangle with Alvaro Bautista.

Rossi heads to his spiritual home this weekend with arguably his best chance of sending a passionate and partisan crowd home delirious with what would be a 10th victory at his beloved Mugello.

The 36-year-old is on a golden run of nine straight podiums, which includes three wins.

And for the first time since 2008, he arrives to try and conquer Mugello again leading the World Championship.

Rossi and tens of thousands of fans will be hoping his fortunes this weekend will be more up than down.
 

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Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso leads opening practice for the Italian MotoGP, making full use of the team's recent private test at Mugello.

Team-mate Andrea Iannone has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his elbow - in addition to the dislocated left shoulder - after falling during the test.

Ducati development rider Michele Pirro is competing as a wild-card this weekend, while Aprilia's seamless shift gearbox is making its grand prix debut.

Aleix and Pol Espargaro have both undergone surgery since Le Mans: Aleix for a thumb ligament injury and Pol for arm pump problems.

Mugello has the fastest straight on the MotoGP calendar, with Andrea Iannone setting a new all-time official record of 349.6km/h (217.2mph) during last year's event…
FP1 Results:
1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.893s [Lap 11/13] 346km/h (Top Speed)
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.926s +0.033s [16/17] 340km/h
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.940s +0.047s [16/17] 346km/h
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 48.028s +0.135s [12/18] 343km/h
5. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 48.304s +0.411s [17/19] 344km/h
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 48.325s +0.432s [15/18] 338km/h
7. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 48.340s +0.447s [17/19] 340km/h
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.349s +0.456s [18/21] 343km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.390s +0.497s [11/19] 344km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.459s +0.566s [16/18] 343km/h
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 48.541s +0.648s [20/21] 342km/h
12. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 48.614s +0.721s [16/17] 344km/h
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 48.616s +0.723s [10/18] 345km/h
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 48.675s +0.782s [13/14] 348km/h
15. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 49.100s +1.207s [9/18] 338km/h
16. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.261s +1.368s [15/18] 334km/h
17. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 49.478s +1.585s [10/11] 331km/h
18. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.569s +1.676s [17/18] 337km/h
19. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 49.661s +1.768s [16/18] 332km/h
20. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.815s +1.922s [14/19] 335km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.855s +1.962s [14/16] 338km/h
22. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 49.922s +2.029s [14/17] 333km/h
23. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 49.976s +2.083s [15/15] 337km/h
24. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 50.477s +2.584s [14/16] 341km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM IodaRacing (ART) 1m 51.161s +3.268s [12/18] 325km/h
26. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 52.516s +4.623s [14/17] 334km/h

FP2 Results:
1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.479s [Lap 15/17] 348km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 47.643s +0.164s [11/16] 345km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.852s +0.373s [9/19] 342km/h
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.994s +0.515s [17/18] 348km/h
5. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.038s +0.559s [20/21] 344km/h
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.124s +0.645s [15/17] 341km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 48.137s +0.658s [14/15] 336km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 48.164s +0.685s [18/20] 340km/h
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 48.211s +0.732s [5/19] 340km/h
10. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.283s +0.804s [19/20] 342km/h
11. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 48.317s +0.838s [13/15] 347km/h
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 48.419s +0.940s [10/19] 349km/h
13. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 48.435s +0.956s [10/18] 345km/h
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 48.483s +1.004s [13/16] 344km/h
15. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 48.493s +1.014s [15/18] 338km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 48.694s +1.215s [16/19] 337km/h
17. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 48.851s +1.372s [15/16] 335km/h
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 48.926s +1.447s [15/16] 350km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.030s +1.551s [13/16] 340km/h
20. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 49.729s +2.250s [15/15] 344km/h
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 49.741s +2.262s [15/15] 334km/h
22. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 49.825s +2.346s [3/14] 332km/h
23. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.864s +2.385s [8/15] 336km/h
24. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.866s +2.387s [16/17] 335km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 50.477s +2.998s [15/15] 328km/h
26. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 51.800s +4.321s [15/16] 335km/h
 

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MotoGP Italy: Marquez trying to tame 'aggressive' Honda
29 May 2015


“Last year it was one of my strongest points and this year I am struggling” - Marc Marquez.
Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez finished Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix second on the timesheets, behind Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

But Marquez's top priority was to work through a range of ideas to try and reduce corner entry slides and corner exit 'aggression' from his Repsol Honda.

The Spaniard, who has sunk 33 points from title leader Valentino Rossi, explained on Thursday that their options are limited by the in-season engine development freeze.

“Today we concentrated on the electronic side to try to improve the character of the engine and looks like we improved a little bit,” Marquez said. “Still we must work. For example on the last run we tried a different thing and it was not working. But we are in the moment where we must try things, to understand which direction to take. Some things are working well and are improving this aggressive feeling in the exit of the corners, but still it is of course not fixed.”

Marquez revealed that the current emphasis is on corner exit because solving the braking and entry slides will require a 'big change'.

“The entry of the corners I think we must change a big thing to try to improve. But ok we know that we have that problem, so we try to improve the other problems,” he said. “And the other problem was the exit of the corner with the character of the engine. And it looks like we improved the movement and wheelie, that also for physical condition was tough. If we improve that, the consistency is much better as well.”

Meanwhile corner-entry work is centered around modifying his riding style.

“In braking, more than the bike I'm trying to change, because in the end this is the bike,” he said. “In FP1 I just went out with that mentality to try to improve on the braking, try to slide less. Still I am sliding but it looks like at his circuit I can control it better.”

The young Spaniard leaning into corners with his rear-wheel still in the air has been a spectacular, and regular, sight during previous MotoGP seasons.

“The problem is that this year I can't,” Marquez explained. “If I do that the slide is even worse. So I try to avoid that and then of course you need to brake earlier and smoother. But yeah if I do like last year then I don't go in [the corner] I just go wide. So I'm trying to improve there with everything, with the body [position], because it's a thing that last year was one of my strongest points and this year I am struggling there.”

The search for handing solutions has been ramped-up following a poor Le Mans race, when Marquez was the only factory class Honda rider not to fall, on his way to fourth.

“In Le Mans we knew we were struggling on the exit of the corners and [on corner entry] I was turning the bike with the front wheel,” he said. “Then from warm-up to the race the temperature was 15-20 degrees higher and we never rode in that temperature. The front tyre was the same for everybody, but we were pushing the front a lot to make the lap time and [in the heat] the tyre was on the soft side. There was big movement.

“In Le Mans it was everything. All the strongest points we had we couldn't use in the race.

“But it looks like here the character of the engine is smoother also just because the final sprocket is longer [because of the higher top speed] and then the gearbox is longer, so the bike is pushing less. The corners are also faster here and we don't have that big acceleration [out of slow corners] and that helps us.

“But on the other side there are also many long entries to the corners and that sliding is also where we need to fix now.”

Marquez was also asked if the issues with the 2015 Honda could have been addressed during winter testing.

“In Valencia when we did the test after the race I said, 'If it feels like this we will have problems next year'. But then we arrived in Sepang and this aggressive character of the engine was not a big problem because the engine is slower due to the high temperature and humidity. It is also a long circuit, with a long gearbox setting.

“But then when we arrive in Qatar I saw that [the engine] was aggressive, but ok we didn't have time to change the engine [design] and we start the season like that. But ok, now we know that we are on the wrong way, so we must improve in other things [areas] and I think we can improve.”

The Mugello re-evaluation included back-to-back testing of the latest swingarm against the previous version.

“I tried the swingarm that I raced in Le Mans, the new one, and the old one and it looks like the new one is better. In Jerez I felt slightly better, Le Mans I didn't try the other but here again I confirmed that with the new one I feel better.”

Marquez, who won the opening ten races of last season, has taken one victory from the opening five rounds of 2015.
 

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MotoGP Italy: Lorenzo in the groove despite Forcada’s absence
29 May 2015

Jorge Lorenzo ends Friday at Mugello third fastest despite not having crew-chief Ramon Forcada in his garage

Jorge Lorenzo believes there is more to come from both man and machine due to Ramon Forcada's temporary absence after finishing Friday's free practice sessions third fastest.

Forcada, who has worked with Lorenzo since the Majorcan's ascension to the class in 2008, missed Friday's action due to personal issues and Lorenzo admitted it left his garage “a little bit confused.”

Having finished 0.37s off Andrea Dovizioso's fastest afternoon time, Lorenzo still displayed an ominous consistency, setting twelve laps in the low 1m 48s and two in the 1m 47s.

It is believed Forcada will travel to Italy on Friday evening in order to be in Lorenzo's garage for Saturday morning's FP3 session.

“Ramon Forcada wasn't here today,” said Lorenzo, second in the championship and 15 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi. “We had to manage with my telemetry guy and the other engineers to manage the day.

"It's not the same and has been a bit difficult to work today because we are not used to work without Ramon. I think our potential is better than we have now. Tomorrow in these two practice we need to improve the bike.

"We don't have experience to work and to do the things that Ramon is doing. In the part of the telemetry it's more or less the same but he has more jobs. The other guy for him it's a new job. Everyone has been a little bit confused today, let's say.”

When asked if the improved feelings with his M1 that saw him score a fifty point maximum in the past two races continued in Tuscany he said, “More or less we are at the same pace.

“Maybe in the morning we were quite a bit faster than last year. Maybe six or seven tenths. This afternoon I expected to improve quite a bit but I couldn't do it. I couldn't improve the bike as I wanted so I try to do it during the practice but it has been difficult.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dovizioso was fastest in both of Friday's sessions after Ducati successfully tested in Italy after the Spanish Grand Prix. Lorenzo believes the GP15's outright speed on the main straight is a definite advantage.

“Obviously when you see the Ducatis so strong in the rest of the tracks then in Mugello it's normal that they're even better. They say in the test they make 46.9s so everyone expected this today.

“Andrea put a new tyre at the end of the practice so it has been a little bit of an advantage for him. We keep using the same tyre all the practice. They are strong and they have a powerful engine so on this long straight it's a big thing compared to our bike.”
 

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MotoGP Italy: Rossi: All is open for tomorrow
29 May 2015


The nine-time world champion believes everything is still to play for at his home grand prix after ending the first day of practice an underwhelming ninth
Valentino Rossi refused to panic after setting the ninth fastest time on Friday afternoon in the second MotoGP practice session in Mugello.

The Italian, who has won seven times around the picturesque 3.2 mile Tuscan track, failed to build on a strong morning showing when he switched to a hard rear tyre in the afternoon.

Problems while braking and entering the corner persisted and after an off-track excursion at San Donato - the first of Mugello's 15 corners - Rossi slipped down the order from third to ninth.

“The practice this afternoon was quite good at the beginning,” said Rossi, the championship leader by 15 points. “In the morning I did some good lap times and we improved the setting. In the afternoon the start was not too bad because I had quite a good pace and was in the top three.

"I feel not so bad with the bike but I had some problems, especially with braking and entry. I tried to modify it and try something else but unfortunately the modification that we tried I did not like a lot. With it I was not strong and not fast enough.”

"At the end the position is bad because I change the tyres. I try the hard front to take some data. I also tried the hard rear but unfortunately the hard wasn't working and it wasn't giving me enough rear grip. I wasn't fast enough. I also did a mistake in the braking for the first corner and a lot of people overtake me. The position is not fantastic but I'm not too far."

Along with knowing his pace tends to improve as the weekend progresses, Rossi took comfort in the closeness of the field after 15th placed Maverick Viñales' best time was just 1.014s off Andrea Dovizioso's late marker. In Rossi's eyes this bodes well for Saturday's qualifying.

“Also all the top riders are very close. The distance is very small. But we have to work, especially to improve the braking and the [corner] entry while not losing agility so this is the task and the target to try and improve. We have to decide which tyre to use. Today the front was not so bad but the hard rear was not good. All is open for tomorrow.”
 

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MotoGP Italy: Dovi fastest but 'Lorenzo favourite'
29 May 2015

“We have our work to do to fight for the victory. I think still it is not enough after day one” - Andrea Dovizioso.

Andrea Dovizioso may have led both Friday practice sessions at his and Ducati's home Italian MotoGP, but he believes Jorge Lorenzo currently has the best race pace.

Dovizioso, chasing Ducati's first victory since 2010, began the day by being 0.033s quicker than Lorenzo's Yamaha in the morning session. He then improved by 0.4s to topple reigning champion Marc Marquez (Honda) in the afternoon.

“Strong but still not enough. Not as good as I would like,” was Dovizioso's verdict, while speaking in the Ducati hospitality on Friday evening.

The #4, who set his best lap time while using the harder of his rear tyre options, added:

“The speed is there, a '47.4s is a really nice lap time. But still we are working on the pace. Especially in this track it is very hard and difficult to keep the pace until the end, about energy and the rear tyre. Still we have our work to do to fight for the victory. I think still it is not enough after day one.”

Lorenzo, winner of the last two races, slipped to third place in the afternoon, 0.373s behind the Ducati rider. However Dovi agreed that Lorenzo currently looks the man to beat in race trim.

“In this moment Lorenzo has the best pace, yes. He doesn't have a margin but it is easy for him to keep the lap time and that makes the difference with Lorenzo,” Dovizioso said.

“It is more about the grip we have to improve,” he added. “The consistency of the grip is not the best and from the middle of the race until the end our tyre drop a little bit more than Yamaha and doesn't give us the possibility to finish the race with them so we are working on that.”

Dovizioso's victory challenge should be helped by the debut of a new Ducati engine on Saturday, although the Italian played down its significance. “Everybody speak about [the engine] but it is not something really different, also because already today we did 350 (km/h). It is quite enough!”

Desmosedici riders dominated Friday's top speed charts along the fastest straight of the season, including a new all-time record of 350.1km/h by Avintia's Hector Barbera. Dovizioso admitted he and other riders are concerned about such speeds.

“Already in the safety commission we spoke about that but it is not easy to take that decision to limit the speed,” he said. “The reality is especially before the braking, 350 becomes on the limit because we jump a little bit [over the crest]. It is really on the limit so we need to speak about that, but you can understand it is not easy to put a limit on the bike and speed.”

But the last thing Dovi wants is to see the undulating main straight flattened out. “No this would be bad. It is one of the best tracks in the world. I hope not.”

Dovizioso has climbed the MotoGP podium four times in the opening five races.

Injured team-mate Andrea Iannone was fourth fastest on Friday.

Iannone damaged his shoulder and arm during a private test at Mugello earlier this month, data from that test will have helped the Italian team make such a strong start to the race weekend.
 

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AE41 in big time pain, they made a special glove for him. Also the side by side showing MM93 new updated swing arm (one with the extra hole) vs his old one (solid)
and the smoking gun ;)


 

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Gonna be an interesting first few laps tomorrow.

It was a day of contrasts at the Gran Premio D’Italia as Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone sent the Italian fans at the Autodromo del Mugello into rapture as he claimed his first career MotoGP™ pole position in near perfect conditions.

Countering that was the dramatic action involving the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez, as he failed to make it through to Q2 for the first time in his career and will start Sunday’s race from the head of the fifth row in thirteenth.
 

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Well just watched qualifying. ... Damn marc not getting it done frown emoticon things just not going his way.. I'm sure he'll put up a good fight tomorrow. Congrats to AI29 smile emoticon dude must be so happy to get pole . JL99 will be tough. Finally vale not on first 2 rows, as usual I'm sure he be right in it! !! Should be good can't wait!
 

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FP3 Results:
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.617s [Lap 19/20] 343km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.008s +0.391s [19/20] 350km/h
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.113s +0.496s [18/19] 348km/h
4. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.161s +0.544s [17/18] 345km/h
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 47.175s +0.558s [19/20] 343km/h
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 47.210s +0.593s [16/17] 345km/h
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 47.226s +0.609s [18/19] 344km/h
8. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 47.495s +0.878s [17/17] 346km/h
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.543s +0.926s [16/21] 342km/h
10. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 47.557s +0.940s [14/17] 334km/h
11. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 47.566s +0.949s [6/16] 344km/h
12. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 47.595s +0.978s [15/18] 339km/h
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 47.639s +1.022s [16/17] 348km/h
14. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.776s +1.159s [14/15] 334km/h
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.893s +1.276s [14/17] 344km/h
16. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 48.548s +1.931s [12/15] 334km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 48.580s +1.963s [18/19] 342km/h
18. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 48.580s +1.963s [11/11] 339km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 48.806s +2.189s [17/18] 335km/h
20. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.005s +2.388s [12/16] 337km/h
21. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 49.006s +2.389s [11/13] 345km/h
22. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 49.071s +2.454s [16/17] 348km/h
23. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.272s +2.655s [6/17] 334km/h
24. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.714s +3.097s [17/19] 335km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 50.031s +3.414s [17/19] 329km/h
26. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 52.050s +5.433s [6/16] 335km/h

FP4 Results:
1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 47.658s [Lap 12/13] 348km/h (Top Speed)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 47.717s +0.059s [3/14] 346km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.718s +0.060s [7/12] 342km/h
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.825s +0.167s [15/15] 342km/h
5. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 47.836s +0.178s [10/10] 343km/h
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 47.874s +0.216s [10/13] 347km/h
7. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.919s +0.261s [9/9] 344km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.065s +0.407s [14/15] 346km/h
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 48.071s +0.413s [10/13] 351km/h
10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 48.085s +0.427s [11/15] 345km/h
11. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 48.164s +0.506s [8/13] 341km/h
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 48.247s +0.589s [9/13] 336km/h
13. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 48.360s +0.702s [10/13] 342km/h
14. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 48.479s +0.821s [2/12] 337km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 48.723s +1.065s [9/10] 348km/h
16. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 48.922s +1.264s [8/12] 342km/h
17. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 49.139s +1.481s [15/15] 350km/h
18. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.217s +1.559s [3/13] 341km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.403s +1.745s [10/11] 341km/h
20. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 49.504s +1.846s [10/12] 338km/h
21. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 49.505s +1.847s [3/9] 339km/h
22. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 49.519s +1.861s [9/9] 346km/h
23. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 49.533s +1.875s [9/12] 333km/h
24. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 49.552s +1.894s [5/11] 340km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 50.078s +2.420s [9/11] 332km/h
26. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 51.419s +3.761s [13/13] 339km/h
 
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