MotoGP: Marquez storms to top of time sheets in FP3

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez banished the spectre of Mugello with a stunning lap to take top spot in Free Practice 3 at a sunny and hot Barcelona this morning.

Marquez stormed to the top in FP3 this morning

Photo: Repsol Honda

Monster Yamaha Tech3 man Cal Crutchlow opened proceedings with the fastest lap of the weekend some 0.2s faster than the best time of yesterday set by Valentino Rossi which set the tone nicely as almost all riders took to the circuit on soft front and rear Bridgestone tyres.

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo didn’t have the best of starts to the sessions as he lost the front of his Yamaha M1 on the entry to turn 5, thankfully without injury or too much damage to his number one bike and made it back to the garage, without losing too much time, to continue on his second bike.


Marquez team mate Dani Pedrosa, sporting a special design Arai helmet for this weekend as is Marquez with his Shoei and Lorenzo with his HJC, made his mark on the session with the first sub 1:42 lap with a masterful lap of 1:41.987s ahead of Crutchlow, Lorenzo, Rossi, Hayden, Bautista, Dovizioso, Marquez, Bradl and Espargaro.

In the pursuit of his team mate Marquez reached the maximum 61deg lean angle of the Bridgestone tyre round Turn 5 as he and everyone else threw in soft option tyres like an old style qualifying session to set a time that would secure a top ten place to go straight in to Q2 this afternoon and it was the reigning Moto2 World Champion who took it to the rest of the field with a stunning lap of 1:41.906s to snatch the fastest time from Pedrosa.

It was a difficult end to the session for the Avintia Bluesens squad as first Hiroshi Aoyama crashed out of the session with 3 minutes to go and as team mate Hector Barbera pulled up with a technical issue further round the same lap. The frantic final few minutes didn’t materialise as the riders in the top ten seemed confident that their times were enough to secure the all important Q2 place, although Nicky Hayden and his factory Ducati pulled a personal best lap of the year to take second spot with a lap of 1:41.916s. Just 0.5s covers the top eight ahead of the all-important Q2 this afternoon as Smith and Pirro go again in Q1 to try and take the final two places in the second session.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.5 1’41.853
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 341.4 1’41.916 0.063 / 0.063
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 339.1 1’41.987 0.134 / 0.071
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 336.7 1’42.009 0.156 / 0.022
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.7 1’42.064 0.211 / 0.055
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 337.6 1’42.166 0.313 / 0.102
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 339.3 1’42.258 0.405 / 0.092
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 337.2 1’42.345 0.492 / 0.087
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 339.5 1’42.582 0.729 / 0.237
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 327.2 1’42.795 0.942 / 0.213
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.0 1’42.957 1.104 / 0.162
12 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 332.9 1’42.970 1.117 / 0.013
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 339.3 1’43.106 1.253 / 0.136
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 320.2 1’43.260 1.407 / 0.154
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 317.5 1’43.652 1.799 / 0.392
16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 320.4 1’43.942 2.089 / 0.290
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 319.0 1’44.167 2.314 / 0.225
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 320.7 1’44.434 2.581 / 0.267
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 321.5 1’45.136 3.283 / 0.702
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 319.4 1’45.252 3.399 / 0.116
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 318.3 1’45.407 3.554 / 0.155
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 318.5 1’45.612 3.759 / 0.205
23 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 314.9 1’45.686 3.833 / 0.074
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 313.1 1’46.037 4.184 / 0.351

Weather Conditions:

  |   Track Condition: Dry|   Air: 27º| Humidity: 44%|   Ground: 38º

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