Catalan GP: Rins beats Quartararo to lead FP3

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Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins set a 1:39.547 in FP3 at the Catalan GP to lead the MotoGP field in qualifying.

The Spaniard going 0.036 quicker than Friday’s quickest man Fabio Quartararo on a medium-front Michelin tyre, with Cal Crutchlow slamming in a late lap to finish third overall as times tumbled in Barcelona. 

Conditions were perfect for the premier class to do their thing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and straight from the off, Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Rins improved their times from Friday – Marquez going to the summit, Rins went to third. Other riders were improving in the early stages too, Aleix Espargaro and Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi to most notable ones.

The action calmed down for the middle part of FP3 but it was all bubbling up nicely for a grandstand last 15 minutes, and sure enough, rookie sensation Quartararo took back P1 with just over 15 to go.

This set off a chain reaction as everyone bar Rins went out on the soft-soft tyre combination, with the Suzuki rider hitting top spot on a medium front. The likes of Jorge Lorenzo started to infiltrate the top ten as the timing screen started lighting up with red and orange sectors, with Maverick Viñales getting himself into the all-important top ten in the last ten mins.

However, FP3 would end badly for Petronas Yamaha SRT. Franco Morbidelli, while battling to keep his place in the top ten, suffered a big highside at Turn 13, with Quartararo then experiencing his first premier class crash at Turn 2 – luckily for the 20-year-old, he was safe from dropping out the top ten.

At the chequered flag, it was Rins, Quartararo and Crutchlow who led the way on three different manufacturers, with Rossi sitting 0.175 back from P1 in fourth. Viñales makes it three Yamahas in the top five ahead of qualifying, a very positive weekend so far for the factory YZR-M1 duo, with Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finding time to sit sixth.

Pol Espargaro slammed in a late 1:39.857 to go 7th, the Spaniard heads Mugello winner Danilo Petrucci in eighth who in turn leads the Honda Team duo. Marquez could only manage P9 on the soft-soft combination, with teammate Lorenzo grabbing a Q2 spot in P10 – the two having a bit of an altercation in FP3.

Francesco Bagnaia crashed at Turn 2 late on, rider ok.

Full FP3 Result:

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.547  
2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'39.583 0.036 / 0.036
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.711 0.164 / 0.128
4 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.722 0.175 / 0.011
5 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.756 0.209 / 0.034
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.769 0.222 / 0.013
7 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.857 0.310 / 0.088
8 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.918 0.371 / 0.061
9 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.923 0.376 / 0.005
10 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'39.949 0.402 / 0.026
11 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.967 0.420 / 0.018
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.067 0.520 / 0.100
13 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'40.079 0.532 / 0.012
14 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.158 0.611 / 0.079
15 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.366 0.819 / 0.208
16 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'40.454 0.907 / 0.088
17 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'40.582 1.035 / 0.128
18 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.761 1.214 / 0.179
19 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.942 1.395 / 0.181
20 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.996 1.449 / 0.054
21 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.023 1.476 / 0.027
22 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.102 1.555 / 0.079
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.115 1.568 / 0.013
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.498 1.951 / 0.383

 

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