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Marc Marquez remained the fastest Moto2 rider Friday, topping the dry afternoon session at Mugello Friday despite rain falling earlier in afternoon.
The Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider and winner at Assen last weekend posted a lap time of 1’53.241, nearly half a second over his best morning time despite lower track temperatures.
Moto2 Pre-Season Testing
Tech 3 Racing Team duo Mike di Meglio and Bradley Smith declared themselves satisfied with the start of their preparations for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship after completing a productive three-day test session at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.
In December, newly signed Monster Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow underwent surgery to repair a shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old Crutchlow then began intense rehabilitation program, which included a two-week cycling trip in California.
The Tech 3 Racing Team is delighted to announce an important new collaboration with Bel-Ray for the 2011 Moto2 World Championship.
The French-based squad will be supported by Bel-Ray in the Moto2 series next season having recently signed a one-year contract with the internationally renowned performance lubricants company located in New Jersey, America.
MotoGP Young Gun
In his second year in the MotoGP 125cc World Championship, Marc Márquez has once again let his enormous talent shine, which last year, helped him to become the youngest Spanish rider in history to stand on the World Championship podium. In 2009, Márquez has been in the spotlight race after race for putting in spectacular performances and also unfortunately, for some as equally spectacular falls on his KTM 125 wearing the colours of Repsol.
• Casey Stoner, who has won for the last two years at Phillip Island, has qualified on pole for the first time since the opening race of the year in Qatar. Stoner also celebrated his 24th birthday this weekend.
• Valentino Rossi starts from the front row for the tenth successive race. Rossi has finished on the podium from all nine starts he has had at Phillip Island in the premier-class, including five victories.
100 – At the Australian GP Sergio Gadea will be making his 100th Grand Prix start, all of which have been in the 125cc class.
50 – Hiroshi Aoyama will clinch the 250cc world title if he scores fifty points in the three remaining races of the year, irrespective of the results of other riders.
25 – Julian Simon needs to score just 25 points from the remaining three races of the year to cinch the 125cc world title even if closest challenger Bradley Smith wins all three races.
• Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the first time since Laguna Seca. This is Lorenzo’s ninth pole since moving up to the MotoGP class, however the only time he has won from pole was at Estoril last year.
• This is the eleventh pole of the year for Yamaha, which is their greatest ever number of premier-class pole positions in a single season.
• If any of the Yamaha riders finish on the podium then Yamaha will take the MotoGP Constructors title irrespective of other results.
The first of a concluding quartet of rounds in the 2009 FIM MotoGP World Championship season takes place this coming weekend at Estoril.
As Valentino Rossi prepares to make his 100th appearance on a Yamaha factory machine, in the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, at a venue where he has taken victory on five occasions in the premier class, the Italian rider is aware that another Portuguese win will edge him closer to retaining the MotoGP title.