Marquez leads the way after FP3, Rossi and Lorenzo unable to improve their times

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Despite an early crash in FP3, Marc Marquez led the way in FP3 and on the combined times to go into qualifying as the man to beat, with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo – who suffered a nasty highside at Turn 6 – unable to improve their times. 

As was predicted, the MotoGP riders found the going tough in FP3 as the riders who finished outside the top ten in FP2 chased a quick lap time, with the session starting in dramatic fashion for Repsol Honda as Lorenzo crashed on the exit of Turn 6.

The five-time World Champion landed heavily and was slow to get to his feet, heading to the medical centre for a checkup. Then, teammate Marquez crash at Turn 14 moments later – rider ok, with the seven-time Champion heading back out to top FP3 standings.

With only Francesco Bagnaia, Pol Espargaro and Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira improving their times from Friday in FP3, the all-important top ten and automatic Q2 places remain unchanged from FP2. This means Maverick Viñales remains Marquez’ closest challenger in P2, with Jack Miller and fellow Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci sit third and fourth respectively.

Fabio Quartararo  will be in Q2 on his maiden MotoGP qualifying outing, the rookie sits fifth fastest after Free Practice, just over a tenth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli makes in two out of two for Petronas Yamaha SRT in Q2 on their inaugural Grand Prix weekend, the Italian sits P7, with Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) eighth – the Spaniard crashing at Turn 2 late in FP3, rider ok.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro bags an automatic Q2 spot in ninth, just ahead of rookie Joan Mir in P10. This means both Lorenzo and Rossi will have to contest in Q1 for a place in the second part of qualifying. But with the likes of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), teammate Takaaki Nakagami

Full FP3 Result

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Celestino VIETTI SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 2'06.689  
2 John MCPHEE Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 2'06.718 0.029 / 0.029
3 Ai OGURA Honda Team Asia Honda 2'06.809 0.120 / 0.091
4 Raul FERNANDEZ Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team KTM 2'06.834 0.145 / 0.025
5 Tatsuki SUZUKI SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 2'06.884 0.195 / 0.050
6 Marcos RAMIREZ Leopard Racing Honda 2'07.253 0.564 / 0.369
7 Alonso LOPEZ Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 2'07.318 0.629 / 0.065
8 Ayumu SASAKI Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 2'07.373 0.684 / 0.055
9 Makar YURCHENKO BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race KTM 2'07.681 0.992 / 0.308
10 Darryn BINDER CIP Green Power KTM 2'07.868 1.179 / 0.187
11 Ryusei YAMANAKA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 2'08.179 1.490 / 0.311
12 Tom BOOTH-AMOS CIP Green Power KTM 2'08.272 1.583 / 0.093
13 Jaume MASIA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 2'08.442 1.753 / 0.170
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