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Apr 5, 2013

Marquez Goes To The Front In MotoGP Free Practice Two In Qatar (Updated)

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Marc Marquez (93) in action on his Repsol Honda in Qatar.
FIM MotoGP World Championship
Losail Circuit, Qatar
April 5, 2013
Free Practice Two Results (all on Bridgestone tires):

1. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:56.477
2. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:56.745
3. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:56.805
4. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (YAMAHA), 1:57.169
5. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:57.257
6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:57.833
7. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), 1:57.877
8. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (DUCATI), 1:58.040
9. Ben SPIES, USA (DUCATI), 1:58.137
10. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:58.298
11. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:58.340
12. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), 1:58.575
13. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (ART-Aprilia), 1:58.631
14. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (ART-Aprilia), 1:58.871
15. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-Kawasaki), 1:58.904
16. Randy DE PUNIET, France (ART-Aprilia), 1:59.185
17. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (ART-Aprilia), 1:59.809
18. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (SUTER-BMW), 2:00.557
19. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:00.652
20. Lukas PESEK, Czech Republic (SUTER-BMW), 2:00.919
21. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:00.940
22. Claudio CORTI, Italy (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:01.321
23. Bryan STARING, Australia (FTR-Honda), 2:01.622
24. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-Aprilia), 2:01.816

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha MotoGP Team:

Quotes from Yamaha Factory Racing Riders After Free Practice 2 in Losail (Qatar)

Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'56.745 / 17 laps
"The first session today was pretty difficult. The track was dirty compared to yesterday and because of that it was really tough to improve the time we did yesterday. Right in the middle of the session the wind became so strong but anyway we have a good pace for the race. We are fully focused on finding the right set-up for the race."

Valentino Rossi
3rd / 1'56.805 / 15 laps
"The third position in tonight's Free Practice 2 is pretty good, especially because we worked to find the right set-up for the race and because we were able to test the hard tyre. Tyre choice, both front and rear, will be crucial on Sunday because both tyres are not bad at all. We will see. Later tonight, on Free Practice 3, we will try to improve further. As far as my physical condition is concerned, now I am feeling much better. I am not yet 100% but it's definitely better than it was yesterday night."

More, from a press release issued by Dorna Communications:

Europe’s leading company in the field of motorcycle lubricants and lubrication, MOTUL views MotoGP™ as the perfect test bench for its two-wheel test and development programme and the global series provides the perfect backdrop at which to carry out that research.

Reflecting its strong and loyal commercial support of the Championship, MOTUL’s trackside presence in 2013 will be substantially increased. More corner signage will be visible at a greater number of circuits than ever before – 16 of the 18 tracks visited, starting with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on 7th April. In the coming season Motul ‘corners’ will be seen across four continents and the Middle Eastern sub-continent: Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas), Indianapolis and Laguna Seca in the USA; Jerez, Catalunya and Aragón in Spain; Great Britain, Germany, France, San Marino, Netherlands and the Czech Republic in Europe; Japan, Malaysia and Australia in the Far East and Australasia.

Complementing this commercial agreement, MOTUL is also proud to continue its partnership with the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France for the 18th consecutive year at Le Mans. The race on May 19th is considered to be one of France’s major international sporting events.

On track, MOTUL has extended its agreement to be the official lubricant partner with the Monster Energy Yamaha Tech3 team for a record 24th year. The team will count on the experience and speed of an all-British line-up this year with riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, and will be greatly encouraged by the performance of Crutchlow in pre-season testing when he topped the time sheets at the recent Jerez test. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 is aiming to improve upon the excellent 2012 results achieved when it finished as the leading privateer team and third placed team in the World Championship classification. Smith is making his debut at the elite level, while Crutchlow is determined to capture his first Grand Prix win.

Considered by the French company as a vital test bench and living laboratory for its motorcycle products, MOTUL has profited from its involvement in MotoGP to develop its new motorcycle product range which was recently launched on the market for the benefit of the wider motorcycling community.

MotoGP visits thirteen countries over the course of the season and ten nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders form a grid of cutting-edge prototype machinery. MOTUL is the number one motorcycle lubricant in Europe, and has a presence in more than 85 countries worldwide so MotoGP™ plays a key part in its marketing and sales strategies.

More, from another press release issued by Dorna:

This year’s Official MotoGP™ Collection comprises of two Tissot T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013 watches; one is a mechanical piece, while the other is powered by a quartz movement. The mechanical model is driven by the revolutionary C01.211 chronograph movement and limited to 3333 pieces. Its quartz teammate will be produced in a series of 8,888 pieces.

These watches illustrate both the qualities of the bikes themselves as well as those of the riders. They have the dynamic look and robust aspect of the bikes with details reflecting some of their features, from the counters all the way to its carbon composition. The precision and passion show the qualities of athletes. The ultimate accuracy is also proof of the high standard that timing has been developed to over the years as Official Timekeeper for MotoGP.

The inspiration for these timepieces comes from years of partnership between Tissot and MotoGP. They have been given a fresh new look with their stylish blue colour, while maintaining their powerful and precise qualities. These limited edition pieces come in a stylish helmet box worthy of a true collector’s item.

François Thiébaud, Tissot President, said “Tissot is proud of its profound link and longstanding partnership of 13 years with MotoGP. The dynamic and fast nature of the sport matches the brand’s spirit perfectly. The latest exclusive timepiece dedicated to MotoGP, the T-Race MotoGP Limited Edition 2013, not only celebrates this alliance through the motorbike features such as the break-disc on the dial, but also Tissot’s 160 years of experience, with a precision that matches the one of our timekeeping. As the sport evolves and timing gets tougher, we keep up-to-date with all the latest technologies to provide utmost accuracy whether with our watches or timekeeping.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer, added: "I am extremely pleased with the many years we have cooperated with a leading brand like Tissot. They have shown a huge commitment to MotoGP, from the excellence and precision of their timing services to the innovation we see in their range of watches, including the successful and attractive MotoGP collection."