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Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in Paris

Can Liverpool return the favor after losing the 2018 final? Follow ESPN's LIVE coverage to find out! (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridHow will Liverpool and Real Madrid line up in the UCL final? How will Liverpool and Real Madrid line up in the UCL final? Welcome to ESPN's LIVE coverage of the 2021-22 Champions League Final! Premier League giants Liverpool meet La Liga champions Real Madrid in a replay of the 2018 final. The game in Paris will kick off at 3 p.m. ET / 8pm ET, and you can follow the full pre-game build, as well as key moments and talking points from the game right here with Chirs Wright and our writing team at the Stade de France. - Marcotti: The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid will take place at the box office - O'Hanlon: Can science explain Real Madrid's remarkable run? 1:55pm ET / 6:55pm BST: Liverpool team news is IN Big news at the Liverpool team - Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho both start despite worrying about injuries ahead of the game. Thiago had been the biggest doubt after limping out of the win against Wolves six days ago with a pinched Achilles tendon. The Spain midfielder trained on Friday but the big question mark will be how long he can last against Real. 👊🔴— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 28, 2022 1:49pm ET / 6:49pm BST: Have you seen the traffic in Paris? Liverpool's team bus struggled to get through traffic to make it to the Stade de France. Jurgen Klopp and his players have just arrived after being temporarily stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway near the stadium. While Real players are now starting to stroll onto the pitch to get an early feel for their surroundings, the Liverpool side are still waiting to get off the bus. Beginning with the 1981 final, Liverpool have beaten Real in all three of their first knockout stages of the European Cup/Champions League, all without conceding a goal. Since then, Real have remained unbeaten in the last three knockout matches between the two, including the 2018 final (W2 W0 D1). Around 1 p.m. ET, two hours before kick-off, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti had his squad list printed. Real Madrid left their side early by announcing their starting XI a full hour before submission to UEFA. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has included Fede Valverde in his top three ahead of Rodrygo. Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos start as expected in midfield - six years after they started in the 2016 final against Atletico Madrid in Milan. 1:30pm ET / 6:30pm BST: The first 'three-peat' final Liverpool and Real Madrid are no strangers when it comes to the Champions League, having met in the final twice before, first in 1981 and then again in 2018. The Reds claimed first blood with a narrow 1-0 win in Paris in 1981, while Real retaliated with a 3-1 win in Kyiv almost four decades later. As such, the 2022 final represents the first-ever "three-peat meeting" (i.e. three finals between the same two teams) since the opening of the 1955/56 European Cup. Speaking of the magic number, Jurgen Klopp's hopefuls are also aiming to become the first English To become a club that wins a 'Cup Triple' by adding the Champions League to the League Cup and FA Cup they have already won this season. No other English team has ever reached the final of all three competitions in the same season. Overall, the 2022 final is only the ninth meeting between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Europe's elite tournament and the Spaniards have a slight advantage over their previous encounters (W4 L3 L1) by scoring 10 goals during this period of being reds eight in total. Furthermore, Liverpool have not beaten Real in the Champions League since 2008/09 when they beat them 5-0 on aggregate in the Round of 16. A lone goal from Yossi Benayoun was enough to secure a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu in the first leg before Rafa Benitez's side stormed to a 4-0 win at Anfield in the second leg. The Reds were then eliminated from the tournament in the next round after losing 7–5 on aggregate to Premier League rivals Chelsea. 1:30pm ET / 6:30pm BST: Who will win? The 125th and final Champions League game of the season takes place in Paris tonight, with a final between two of the most decorated clubs in the history of the competition - Liverpool and Real Madrid. Liverpool are the first English club to reach ten European Cup finals, aiming for their seventh title. However, they find themselves in Real with the undisputed kings of the continent, who have appeared in more finals (17) and lifted the trophy (13) than any other team. Another win for the Spanish giants tonight would see them lift the trophy for the fifth time in nine years. But who do you think will win?

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Champions League final kick-off postponed – live!

Minute by Minute Report: Game is now set to start at 8.15pm BST but many fans are still out of the ground. Join Rob Smyth for updates (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueThe identities of Liverpool and Real Madrid are inseparable from the Champions League and both clubs have a moral bond with this huge trophy. Both clubs have an intimidating sense of destiny at the business end of the Champions League. It's even stronger this season: Real because of their form in this competition, Liverpool because of their form in every competition. Losing in a Champions League final is always unthinkable for these two. Real Madrid, in particular, simply don't lose a Champions League final: just three out of 16, the last in 1981 when they were beaten in Paris by…yes, Liverpool. Liverpool's last defeat in the final was also against tonight's opponents, an emotional night in Kyiv four years ago that took a toll on Mo Salah's subconscious. Since Jurgen Klopp came to Anfield, Liverpool have only been kicked out of the Champions League by teams whose names end in 'Madrid'. I'm going to stick my neck out and say it will be the same after this game. We usually have a vague idea - or at least think we do - of how a big game might turn out. There is hardly a scooby before this game. That's largely down to a Madrid side that has had happily defenestrated logic all season. It's only a slight exaggeration to say that Liverpool could well win 5-0 or Real 7-3. If Liverpool take control of this game, they'll have to remember Johnny Caspar's advice: always stick one in the brain (NB: Link is from an 18-rated movie). Madrid have come back from the dead in every round, culminating in Manchester City's unfathomable defeat in the semi-finals. Liverpool, on the other hand – and there are many contrasts tonight – had not been left behind in a knockout game. The moral of this story will become clear around 11pm when the victors begin to make 2021/22 Champions League history. If Madrid wins, they can call it the biggest European campaign since the GOATs began. Three weeks ago Liverpool were heavy favorites for this game but their legs and muscles have started to show the strain of a uniquely demanding season. You can argue it either way: that Liverpool are too tired or that Madrid are too battle-hardened. Even the one-on-one duel everyone is talking about, Vinicius Jr. vs. Trent Alexander-Arnold, is more complicated than the usual attacker vs. defender or midfielder vs. midfielder storyline. Vinicius could be the match winner like he was last year when Real beat Liverpool in the quarterfinals. But so could Alexander-Arnold, who plays like no right-back in football history. Whether Real can pay the same homage to Hulk Hogan at the Stade de France as they did in the heady atmosphere of the Bernabeu; whether Thiago Alcantara is ready and if not, whether Jurgen Klopp will risk Naby Keita after his little shocker against Madrid last season; how many times will Luis Diaz and Karim Benzema leave us open-mouthed; and the stylistic contrast between Carlo Ancelotti's free jazz and Jürgen Klopp's heavy metal. Madrid are chasing a record-breaking 14th Champions League. For Liverpool it would be the number 7, putting them in second place alongside AC Milan and – importantly, let's not pretend it's not – four ahead of Manchester United. Oh, and seven clearly from Manchester City. The modern Champions League is as good as football, maybe as good as it's ever been, but in recent years the biggest drama has been reserved for the quarter-finals and semi-finals. Kick-off is at 8pm in Liverpool, 9pm in Paris and Madrid.

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Live updates on the Champions League final as Liverpool take on Real Madrid in Paris

Liverpool meet Real Madrid in the big guns battle in the Champions League final in Paris, while Jurgen Klopp's side battle Carlo Ancelotti's Spanish giants for a seventh European title (Author: Gardener)

ParisLiverpool meet Real Madrid in the big guns battle in the Champions League final in Paris, while Jurgen Klopp's side battle Carlo Ancelotti's Spanish giants for a seventh European title. All you need to know about the Stade de France Title heartbreak behind them as they lifted the European crown for a seventh time in Paris. Jurgen Klopp's side fell agonizingly short as Manchester City's turnaround against Aston Villa on the final day prevented the Premier League trophy from returning to Anfield. But the Reds will now be aiming for Champions League titles at the Stade de France - with the most successful team in European football history standing in their way. Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid side launched dramatic comebacks against Chelsea and Manchester City on their way to the final and are chasing their 14th European triumph - and we already have their line-up. Stay tuned for all goal updates and the latest news from the biggest game in European club football. There are worrying reports of disruption outside the Stade de France, with fans reportedly struggling to step onto the ground. Arsene Wenger has weighed up Jurgen Klopp's midfield picks. “Thiago, this is his first year where he is performing really well. He is now the team's technical leader when it comes to holding the ball," Wenger told BeIN Sport. "They've had that problem before, Liverpool, when they needed phases to take a breather, slow the pace and hold the ball, Thiago has given them that this season. Henderson is the mental leader of the team, I think his passing game has improved." "Carlo Ancelotti has caught up with Movistar at the Stade de France and confirmed that semi-final hero Rodrygo will be there. "It will be an intense game," he explained to the Real Madrid manager. Rodrygo will take part in the game, let's hope he makes the difference "An hour to go. Kick-off is only 60 minutes away and that's what the two giants are playing for. Here they are! Some familiar faces for Premier League fans in both camps. Here we are - a bit of a shock Jurgen Klopp has Ibrahima Konate selected against Joel Matip. Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are fit to start. Real Madrid were forced to release their team news a full two hours before kick-off in the Champions League Fearing that a mole in the dressing room might leak the news, the final is usually released an hour before kick-off as players take to the pitch to warm up before a game Dropped out and therefore has - wi e ahead of his side's semi-final win over Manchester City - made the decision to break the news a full two hours before the final at the Stade de France at ng spoke on BT Sport ahead of the game. "You have to give credit to Michael Edwards and Julian Ward for their recruitment over the last four years, they've built a great team and they make small mistakes in the market," said Gerrard. "The two that stand out for me are Alisson after the 2018 final and van Dijk - they're the two I think took Liverpool to another level." Ferdinand agreed, saying: "I think the difference in their recruitment is the players are joining a well-oiled machine. He immediately added another dimension to Liverpool." Ex-Real Madrid striker Michael Owen, the Manchester icon United, Rio Ferdinand, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard heaped praise on the Spanairds at the Stade de France." I'm adamant tonight that Liverpool will win and they'll win well, but you can't see this Real Madrid team rule out," Owen began at BT Sport. “You look at their games in this tournament and how they came through – it was incredible. Liverpool can blow teams but Real will try to stay there and give themselves a chance." Gerrard added: "Real are very dangerous opponents - it's very rare for them to be underdogs and they've had weeks to develop prepare for it. He knows all about how to best a Carlo Ancelotti side in the biggest game club football has to offer. Oh, and he's had a good time with Liverpool. The Champions League final is just around the corner and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hours Aside from naming his starting XI, Klopp has a lot to think about for the game against Real Madrid, with both fitness concerns and tactical dilemmas no doubt preoccupying him in the run-up. Liverpool have already won two trophies this season and a third is a game away provided Klopp makes the right decisions. Liverpool have a great squad full of quality and it took them all to increase their weight to get them to this level. The final will be Liverpool's 63rd game of a grueling season, but all the players on the bench will still be unhappy not being able to attend the club's biggest game of the season at the Stade de France. While David Alaba and Valverde return to the starting XI for Real, Gareth Bale is back on the bench after almost two months out through injury. The winger scored a sensational bike kick as Los Blancos beat Liverpool in the 2018 final and is hoping to be back in action while staying in Wales for the World Cup qualifying play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine next month . It's not just Liverpool supporters enjoying themselves in Paris, Real Madrid fans are also flocking to the French capital. I wonder what they will think of Ancelotti's starting XI. .Real Madrid have announced their squad in typically early fashion. It's a defensive line-up by Carlo Ancelotti, with box-to-box midfielder Federico Valverde expected to play on the wing. Liverpool players are upset they won't be allowed to bring their families to the pitch if they win the Champions League final, according to reports from Spain. Back then, the Spaniards won 3-1 thanks to two errors by Loris Karius and a stunning goal by Gareth Bale. When Liverpool won the competition in Madrid 12 months later, their players were able to celebrate on the pitch with their partners and children. However, UEFA seems to have ruled out similar scenes at the Stade de France. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti's team chat with his players ahead of the Champions League final has made its way to the public. Nobody knows how to coach a side in the showpiece of Europe's premier club competition better than the veteran Italian. This is Ancelotti's fifth Champions League win as manager - more than anyone else - and he has guided his side to three wins in his previous four attempts at Los Blancos in his first spell at the Spanish giants. The only time his side came up short was of course against Liverpool - when his Milan side gambled away a remarkable three-goal lead at the break, only to lose on penalties. Liverpool fans made every effort to get to Paris. With the help of his friend Gary Brennan, the group of 12 drove straight to Saint-Malo in a Redbay Stormforce 950 to arrive in Paris in time for the game ticket for tonight's game.Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara trained with the side at the Stade on Friday night de France. The Spain international was substituted off with an Achilles tendon problem in Sunday's win against Wolves but returned to work with the team on Thursday, attending the lightweight open session at the stadium. Will he be in the starting XI? Gareth Bale is firmly on the bench for Madrid, as is Eden Hazard. The Liverpool squad in training on Friday Paris is a sea of ​​red with over 50,000 Liverpool supporters having traveled to the French capital tonight for the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp's men are taking part in European football's flagship event for the third time in five years and are aiming to win their seventh European Cup. But standing in their way is the most successful club in the history of the competition, Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti's side followed a treacherous path to get here, dashed the hopes of Chelsea and Manchester City en route to the final at the Stade de France.

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Here's how to watch a free live stream of the Champions League final when Liverpool take on Real Madrid

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet for the third time in a European Cup final, with Jurgen Klopp's side looking to avenge their 2018 defeat (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridIf European football did indeed have a top table then surely Liverpool and Real Madrid would be among those dining on it, the latter possibly craving a throne at its helm. Real Madrid are the self-proclaimed 'King of Europe' and that claim is hard to dispute as they have won the European Cup 13 times. This rich history spans the entire competition as they won the first five editions from 1956 to 1960 and more recently lifted the Champions League trophy four times in five years between 2014 and 2018. Their latest triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, with Saturday's showdown a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final, which Real won 3-1. Liverpool and Mohamed Salah in particular are out for revenge because, despite conquering Europe a year later and winning their sixth European Cup, the bitter aftertaste of that defeat still lingers on the Merseyside red side. There are still a lot of players for them and for us, which is also a good sign.” As Klopp points out, he believes his Liverpool side are better positioned than they were four years ago, but that experience will be tested against a Real team who defeated Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in the knockout stages - with late equalizers and winners delineating that never-say-die attitude and a European know-how that cannot be bought. When is the Champions League Final 2022? The 2022 Champions League final begins on Saturday 28 May at 8pm (BST). British viewers can watch BT Sport 1 from 6pm as Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the 2022 Champions League final. Can I watch Champions League Final 2022 live stream for free? You can watch a live stream of the 2022 Champions League final on the BT Sport YouTube channel here. The final will also be available for free at btsport.com/final and via the BT Sport app on devices including PlayStation, Xbox and smart TVs. PSG, Chelsea and City could all have argued they were the better team for large stretches of their two-legged relationships with Real, but with Ballon d'Or favorite Karim Benzema, the Spanish champions have spearheaded their route to Paris. "Those emotions will last a lifetime because our journey to the Champions League hasn't been easy," said Benzema, who has scored 15 goals in this competition this season and has one game left to equal Cristiano Ronaldo's record 17 individual campaigns reach or break. “We played against Paris Saint-Germain: They were favourites. We played against the defending champions Chelsea. So that proves that we are a very good team. That happened against Liverpool in Paris, the city where Saturday's game will be played, meaning it's not just the 2018 final that we can expect to see replays during pre-season.

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The best betting offers and free bets on the Champions League final

The Champions League final is tonight and we have the very best betting offers and free bets to help you beat the bookies. (Author: Gardener)

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KC Pet Project is holding a "Caturday" fundraiser on Sunday

The KC Pet Project is hoping community members will boogi down to the Crossroads for the "Caturday" disco on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

SundayKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The KC Pet Project is hoping community members will boogi down to the Crossroads for the "Caturday" disco on Sunday. The shelter has partnered with several local breweries and restaurants where people can buy a ticket and then walk over to some of them where they can also have cat-themed drinks and food. It's disco theme. For $35 you can visit places like KC Wineworks, Lifted Spirits Distillery, City Barrel Brewing Company and more. Money raised from the event will help the shelter care for kittens and cats that come to the shelter.

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Do you have Caturday Night Fever? Watch a baseball game with your cat to help the Forsyth Humane Society

Do you have Caturday Night Fever? Watch a baseball game with your cat to help the Forsyth Humane Society (Author: Gardener)

the Forsyth Humane SocietyWatch a baseball game with your feline friend to help the Forsyth Humane Society While sports fans are probably no stranger to dog nights, Truist Stadium will host a cat night to a minor league baseball this Memorial Day weekend! That's right, bring your feline friend to see the Carolina Disco Turkeys take on the Kingsmen on Saturday, May 28th. Wooden bat baseball game with a $5 "Paw Pass" donation. The donation and a portion of ticket sales will benefit the Forsyth County Human Society. The press release states, "The Disco Turkeys encourage all fans to use the best of their ability to determine if their cat can handle the noise and environment of a baseball game." The cats will perform songs about at various points throughout the night cheered the stadium speakers, including a performance of "Take Meowt to the Ballgame" in the 7th inning stretch. A portion of regular ticket sales will also go to the Forsyth Humane Society. The Humane Society will also be offering cat ear headbands with a donation for fans to wear if they don't want to bring their cat. "We've wanted to host a cat night since the team was formed," said Greg Sullivan, co-owner and team president of Disco Turkeys. “We can't wait to welcome some cats to the stadium and bring something new to the fans here. We also look forward to working with the Humane Society.” The Disco Turkeys will be collaborating with the Forsyth Humane Society on two dog nights on July 14th and 28th at Truist Stadium later this summer. Disco Turkeys open their home season on Friday, May 27th with a Non-Disco Demolition game to encourage recycling. The Disco Turkeys are a member of AAABA and play home games at Truist Stadium in downtown Winston-Salem. Concessions and beer will be sold at all home games at Disco Turkeys' Truist Stadium.

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Agreement must be nurtured...it is a process, not an end

I'm probably in a group of ones at this point as I haven't seen the last series of Derry Girls yet, although I feel like I have as there have been so many comments on social media. (Author: Gardener)

Derry GirlsI'm probably in a group of ones at this point as I haven't seen the last series of Derry Girls yet, although I feel like I have as there have been so many comments on social media. I'm probably in a group of ones at this point as I haven't seen the last series of Derry Girls yet, although I feel like I have as there have been so many comments on social media. I'm saving everything for a binge-watching session on duvet day. I'm saving everything for a binge-watching session on duvet day. The writing is so sharp that some people think it's more of a re-enactment documentary than a comedy series. But while black humor certainly helped many of us navigate and navigate the years before and immediately after the Good Friday Agreement, the reality was far from funny. The Good Friday Agreement or the Belfast Agreement, use your terminology, has been mentioned a lot in recent years, particularly in relation to Brexit and the impact of the referendum result on the border, the spirit of this historic agreement and the finely balanced peace . This also applies to the Protocol and the implications of the agreement between the EU and the UK government for the consent mechanisms of the agreement. And more recently in the government's unilateral decision on how to deal with the legacy of the riots. Unlike the Derry Girls, I had been out of school uniform for a long time when the agreement was debated and then voted on. To tell the story of that time properly, I have to go back to the years before that - horrible years that remain ingrained in the memories of many of us for all the wrong reasons. Those early to mid 90's years were bloody, they were sectarian, there were times when we felt like we were on the verge of something that would engulf us all. I wanted something better for her and there was a time when I seriously considered packing my bags and starting in another country because it didn't seem possible to ensure her safety in such a volatile environment. As a journalist I am fortunate to meet people from all walks of life, I realized that there was a large section of our society protected by its privilege that barely noticed what was happening in places like West Belfast where I had come of age . And I also meet people who have suffered terribly, people from both sides of our community who have suffered losses, sometimes multiple losses, that are scarred by that time, some physically, all emotionally. A cavalcade of cars drove past us, horns blared, people celebrated. On this five-kilometer walk, I passed scores of weeping people, grown men and women sobbing at bus stops. When the Loyalist truce followed in October, things seemed more hopeful. Many of the old Victorian houses on the little street I lived on had 'cages' built around the stairs - a complete fire hazard installed in this interface area after numerous sectarian killings during the night. My third child was born in 1995, so when the referendum came it wasn't a difficult decision. There was no real debate among my friends and family, we all wanted peace. I realize that the release of the prisoners was a bitter pill for many people. A few euphoric years followed. The Real IRA bombed Omagh, the loyalist Drumcree dispute resulted in the deaths of the three Quinn children. The book Lost Lives, which I and all journalists rely on as the only comprehensive account of the Troubles deaths, notes that 57 people were murdered in 1998, 52 of them civilians. As of 1999, Lost Lives recorded seven deaths, five of them civilians. Each of these people loved, but the trajectory of these statistics is obvious. I'm a really optimistic person, it takes a lot to anger me, but I've increasingly bitten my lip when the Good Friday Agreement is abused by those who want to bend and twist it to fit their tight agenda. I'm really glad we didn't leave the country, I'm glad we stayed, I'm proud of where I'm from and how far we've come, but the process was just that – a process, not an agreement. It needs to be nurtured, it needs to be worked on, it needs to remain a priority because what happened before was just too horrific to even contemplate.

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"I have no plans to come out for the anthem in the future until I feel better about the direction of our country"

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters ahead of his team's Friday game against the Cincinnati Reds that he intends to forego the pre-game US national anthem. (Author: Gardener)

San Francisco GiantsSan Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters ahead of his team's Friday game against the Cincinnati Reds that he intends to forego the pre-game US national anthem. In the dugout at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kapler said, "I have no plans to come out for the anthem in the future until I feel better about the direction of our country." The 2021 National League Manager of the Year comments were read by accompanied by a written statement on his website sharing his thoughts after 19 children and two adults were killed by a lone 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In a blog post, Kapler questioned whether the country's leaders are committed to representing the best interests of their people and whether the United States really is "the land of the free and home of the brave." “We have not been given courage and we are not free. They blocked parents trying to organize an attack to stop the shooter, including a father who learned his daughter had been murdered while arguing with police. We are not free when politicians decide that the lobbying and gun industries are more important than our children's freedom to go to school without needing bulletproof backpacks and active target practice," Kapler wrote. Kapler later wrote of his disappointment at what he called "the failure to fulfill the promise of our national anthem." "I don't agree with the state of this country. I wish I hadn't let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish I could have demonstrated what I learned from my father, that if you are unhappy with your country, you can protest it. The home of the brave should encourage that.” Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made a passionate plea for stronger crackdowns on gun violence in the United States. Kerr declined to discuss basketball ahead of Game 4 of the Warriors series against the Dallas Mavericks, instead raising his voice when he railed against gun violence after Tuesday's shooting. "In the last 10 days we've killed elderly black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, we've killed Asian churchgoers in Southern California, now we have children who were murdered at school," Kerr told reporters at the start of the press conference.

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Friday round of Mugello MotoGP

Friday's recap of Mugello MotoGP also covering Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE complete with full combined times and lots of pictures (Author: Gardener)

Mugello“I'm satisfied with the start of this weekend. It's undoubtedly an important race for us and we know it won't be easy to stay at the top, but I have an excellent RS-GP to work with. Even though Mugello is an old school track where you can overtake, qualifying will still be essential to set up a good race.” “I'm happy with this first day here at Mugello. It's my home Grand Prix, my feeling with the bike is very good and this afternoon we managed to work well in FP2. Tomorrow morning's two sessions are likely to come closest to race conditions, so they will be crucial to clarify the final details. On the other hand, it can rain in qualifying, but I'm sure that I can still be competitive in the wet. The bike works relatively well: in the afternoon we rode on preheated tires which I didn't have a good feeling on, but as soon as I put on the soft tire the feeling improved and I was able to start picking up my pace. I'm positive about tomorrow's qualifying, but we still have to work on the race pace. Racing at Mugello is always a lot of fun and at the moment we have a really competitive package, as shown by the fact that a lot of Ducati bikes were quick today. “Definitely a good day 1: we're pretty confident on the time attack, we made a step up in FP2 but I'm still not completely satisfied. We can work on the final sector, the engine braking and the feel of corner entry. “I'm quite happy: both the feel and the pace were there from the start, so we didn't make any major adjustments to the bike. It was really hot out there; I can't remember a day that was as hot as today in Mugello... We had a little more trouble with the tires than expected, but overall I'm happy. We didn't do everything right with our time attack, especially in sector three. At the moment we're in Q2, but I think a lot will improve tomorrow morning. I'm having trouble trusting the front end in the 'Arrabbiata' corners but other than that we're in good shape.” “A beautiful day at the Italian GP, ​​I really enjoyed it: riding here with MotoGP is super cool! We started well this morning, we made a step into FP2 and I'm happy. There are still a few points where I can improve and where I might lose a little too much, but I'm positive about tomorrow. Thanks to the team, they did a great job today and to Vale for coming back to the pits to give us all his support.” “I expected this to be a tough weekend, but in a different way and way. So we need to work on a solution to twist a little tighter. We need to find that little thing we're missing. I feel like we can make a big step and I think it's possible to fight for the front two rows or even the front row.” “It wasn't a great day, we're the fastest Honda but we're pretty far from the top and need to find something more. In the afternoon we worked hard to go faster even if the conditions made it quite difficult and we made some progress. Everyone in the team is working very hard to fix the issues and tomorrow's conditions could change the situation a lot. At the moment we are between the medium and the hard, everyone has different strengths and we need to understand what is best.” “In Free Practice 1 I went out and I could see I was struggling a lot so I focused focus more on finding the right line and understanding our limitations. Then in the afternoon, during FP2, we were able to take a step and push harder. Let's see what happens tomorrow, we still have to take a step but at the moment we are quite far from the top. We're having a hard time turning and driving here, but we'll see. Conditions are subject to change and a lot can still happen. We need to understand the bike balance for tomorrow and try to work on a few other things.” This morning FP1 was pretty good but this afternoon as the track temperature rose we struggled with lack of rear grip and the bike was unstable – so it was pretty tough overall. We'll try to improve the feel of the bike in FP3 in the morning and we definitely have good potential in the cooler conditions. We'll try to set a good lap time and make it into Q2.” “Today was pretty good because I had a good feeling with the bike and my pace was good from the morning. I just missed out on the top 10 which is a shame but I'll try to keep pushing tomorrow and I'm hoping for a few clean and fast laps without any mistakes.” I took it easy this morning to understand where I stand in terms of performance: and wow! Jokes aside, we struggled early in the day especially on corners as the bike was moving a lot. We improved in the afternoon but there is still a lot to do as this is a key area at this track.” “We worked really hard today. The aim was to test as many solutions as possible in order to then analyze the data and select the best technical package for qualifying. We now have to remain calm and work meticulously. “First day here in Mugello and I'm very happy with the steps we made today. We started the morning with a good feeling and pace, which is good at Mugello because it's always a track where you have to start with energy. In the afternoon we expected to struggle more with the rear of the bike in the hotter conditions, we had already seen that at Le Mans with the power and consistency of the rear. So that's what we have to focus on tomorrow, luckily it's looking colder on Sunday. We really need to focus on improving the bike in hot conditions and taking a step forward tomorrow.” I struggle quite often on a Friday, it's usually the day I struggle the most. But I have a great team behind me and I know they will find a solution and help me improve tomorrow. We need to find a way for me to stop the bike better and I'll try to take a step forward for FP3 and qualifying. I've been competitive here before so I'm confident.” I took to the track wearing different colors, those of Aruba.it Racing, and debuted what I would call PanigalMotoGP. I can't be particularly happy with what we did in free practice because after this morning's session, where we were fast, we had some difficulties in the afternoon. We still have to work well on the bike to correct the details that will allow me to be more effective tomorrow. The pace is still far from the top, but closer as we are in time attack. When I did the time attack it was much more difficult for me to drive well. I have to concentrate better and drive better tomorrow. I hope it's dry tomorrow so we can have a normal day.” “Overall today was a difficult Friday but we tried something that could help us. The gap to the front is still big, but we'll see if we can improve a little, also by comparing our data with that of the other Yamaha riders. “It was a hot day here in Mugello today. I really enjoyed riding the long straight on a MotoGP bike at full speed, it was definitely the fun part of the day. We're working hard to find solutions and we'll keep pushing tomorrow.” “It's really cool to be able to ride around Mugello on the MotoGP bike. It's such a crazy track, the straight is super fast. I really enjoyed driving here today. I got off to a pretty decent start this morning and I feel like I made a step in FP2 because I was a lot closer to the other guys. I have a pretty good feeling about the end of this Friday now. I know which direction we need to work in tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to getting FP3 going and just continuing to improve and keep having fun racing here at Mugello.” “During Free Practice 1 I had some issues with my hand which prevented me from riding the way I would like. If I use the soft tires to try to gain 1 second and go faster, I can't and end up doing similar times to medium tires. That's an issue we really need to focus on so I can hope to be closer to the front drivers. That being said, the straight at this track is incredible with over 300km/h and the start of the bike. With a MotoGP engine it feels so small.” It still needs work to make it work better. So I wasn't focused on time attack or sheer speed, but I'm delighted to be here in Mugello and to see Aleix competitive again.” Less than half a tenth decided Day 1 in a searing Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley over the top spot, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) narrowly edged out local hero Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) as the two split Friday by just 0.049. Third place went to Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), with Aprilia and Espargaro the only in attendance able to break a Ducati stranglehold on the top six as the two Italian factories battled on Friday. Behind the top six of an Aprilia leading five Ducatis, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Brad Binder was the only other non-Ducati rider in the top eight, the South African finishing seventh with a 1'46.439 . Rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) impressed again in P8 while Championship leader Quartararo was ninth. With forecasts of possible rain on Saturday at Mugello, eyes will be on the sky overnight as Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) waits in 11th and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in 12th. Rins and fellow Suzuki rider Joan Mir also both have work to do if they want to make Q2... Jake Dixon is in the box seat to get into Q2 at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley after the Inde GASGAS Aspar Team rider the fastest was in Moto2 on the opening day of the action. While he couldn't improve in FP2 from his 1'51.966 from earlier on Friday at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, the mercury rose well into the 30s and few drivers went faster in the afternoon. Niccolo Antonelli (Monney VR46 Racing Team) completes the top ten overall after a big jump up. Day 1 at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley saw Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) take on Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with the former setting the benchmark in FP1, a time not beaten and Masia leading FP2 to the end Second overall for the day. Third was another FP1 lap by John McPhee (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), the Brit completing Friday's top three. Championship leader Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) was seventh at the end of the afternoon with a 1'57.921 1st place, and the combined top 10 is rounded out by Bertelle with a 1:58.004 ahead of Riccardo Rossi (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Andrea Migno (Rivacold Sniper Team). Joel Kelso finished the first day of practice just inside the top 20. Two weeks ago he took the lead in the World Cup with a win in the second race at Le Mans and now has pole position for the two races at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, who also set the pace for both training sessions. Alongside the Swiss rider on the front row in Italy will be two local heroes, with Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse) qualifying second fastest and Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) third, the latter making a clean front row start in 2022. From there it's been Le Mans podium finisher Niccolo Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) in seventh and Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) in P8, but the Spaniard's best lap was abandoned after it was discovered that he has low tire pressures. Andrea Mantovani (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) therefore moves up, Alcoba in 10th.

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