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August 22nd, 2020, 05:38 AM   #1
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Question about Practice Sessions

Hi,

I have a question regarding MotoGP practice sessions. Any help would be very much appreciated.

An article today on Autosport reads "Suzuki's Mir leads FP3 as Rossi misses Q2 cut."

Just what exactly what does "cut" mean? It's my understanding that there are four practice sessions, and then one qualifying session. Do your results in any or all of the practice sessions effect how you eventually qualify for the race, or they simply practice runs that are independent of the qualifying session?

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Times from fp1-fp3 are combined and each riders best lap is recorded. The riders are ranked based on those laps with the top 10 going straight through to Q2 while the others go to Q1. Top 2 from Q1 go to Q2 where the top 12 spots on the grid are decided.

FP4 happens immediately before Q1 but the times are not taken into account for the qualifying session placements. Ie if you go faster than anyone has all weekend during fp4 but you were not in the top 10 after fp3 you will still have to go to Q1 in the hopes of a top 2 finish to gain entry into Q2.
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Okay....The combined times from the first 3 practice sessions are what decides who goes directly through to Qualifying 2. That is the top ten fastest are straight through to compete for the top spots.
The remainder of the field have to go through Qualifying 1. The top 2 from Q1 get to complete in Q2 for the top spots.

Free Practice 4 counts toward nothing and is is usually used by teams fo set up the bikes for the race...ie race pace rather than outright fast laps.

Each qualifying session is 15 minutes.

Making "the cut" simply meant achieving a time to get through to Q2 gor Rossi.

Hope that's clear mate. Let me know if anything needs clarified. Hope you're enjoying this afternoons sessions

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OK, one last question.

Letís say you recorded the fastest lap time during FP1 and finished last in FP2 and FP3. If your FP1 time is the fastest among all riders throughout the three sessions but your combined time leaves you outside the top 10, do you proceed to Q2 courtesy of your FP1 time or do you head to Q1?
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Combined time does not count. You may even skip two sessions and take part in only one and still get direct to Q2.
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OK, one last question.



Letís say you recorded the fastest lap time during FP1 and finished last in FP2 and FP3. If your FP1 time is the fastest among all riders throughout the three sessions but your combined time leaves you outside the top 10, do you proceed to Q2 courtesy of your FP1 time or do you head to Q1?
In that scenario your combined time is the fastest time so the rider would go direct to Q2.

I think there might be confusion here about what "Combined Time" means.

Any riders combined time is simply their fastest lap time set during FP1 - FP3.
The word combined possibly sounds like it means average time or something like that but it's not.

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Hi,

Yes, I misinterpreted your initial post. I though "combined" meant an averaging of the three times. Thanks for clarifying this.

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