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Marquez top practice 3 and 4 in Austria
Marc Marquez leaves rivals in dust
Marc Marquez leaves rivals in dust

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez posted a rapid effort during the closing stages to lead the third practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.

As riders made incremental gains at the short and fast venue, with half a second covering the top 10, Marquez romped clear with a time of 1:23.459, 0.423s clear of Tech 3's Johann Zarco.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone hauled himself up the order to take third position, while Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo ensured four different manufacturers were represented in the top four.

Valentino Rossi ran Yamaha's revised aero fairing and took fifth position, ahead of team-mate Maverick Viñales, who went wide at Turn 6 late on.

Avintia's Loris Baz and Aspar's Karel Abraham sprung a surprise to finish seventh and eighth respectively, in front of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow had crashed through Turn 9 early in the session but was able to recover his damaged bike to the pit lane before resuming his programme.

Scott Redding completed the top 10 in the session but wound up 11th overall after Andrea Dovizioso's Friday time was sufficient for the Ducati rider to finish sixth in the combined classification.

As a result, Dovizioso – who placed a lowly 16th in the 45-minute session – will progress automatically into Q2, while Redding must participate in Q1.

The Briton's time was just 0.008s slower than that managed by compatriot Crutchlow in a congested midfield group, which included Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who must partake in Q1.

Aside from Crutchlow, KTM's Bradley Smith was the only other rider to crash during the session after he fell at Turn 1.

Practice 3

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'23.4590.000 / 0.000
25Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'23.8820.423 / 0.423
329Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'23.9430.484 / 0.061
499Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati1'23.9680.509 / 0.025
546Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'23.9950.536 / 0.027
625Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'24.0490.590 / 0.054
776Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'24.0970.638 / 0.048
817Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'24.1090.650 / 0.012
935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda1'24.1820.723 / 0.073
1045Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDucati1'24.1900.731 / 0.008
119Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDucati1'24.1960.737 / 0.006
1294Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'24.2750.816 / 0.079
138Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'24.2940.835 / 0.019
1426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'24.4210.962 / 0.127
1519Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'24.4270.968 / 0.006
164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati1'24.4540.995 / 0.027
1736Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'24.6301.171 / 0.176
1841Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'24.6421.183 / 0.012
1944Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'24.6601.201 / 0.018
2042Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'24.7091.250 / 0.049
2143Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'24.7441.285 / 0.035
2253Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'24.8871.428 / 0.143
2322Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'25.0331.574 / 0.146
2438Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'25.5152.056 / 0.482

Practice 4

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'24.1800.000 / 0.000
225Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'24.3470.167 / 0.167
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'24.4000.220 / 0.053
45Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'24.4340.254 / 0.034
529Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'24.5250.345 / 0.091
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati1'24.6070.427 / 0.082
746Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'24.6440.464 / 0.037
845Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDucati1'24.8040.624 / 0.160
994Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'24.8140.634 / 0.010
1099Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati1'24.8390.659 / 0.025
1144Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'24.8520.672 / 0.013
1235Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda1'24.8820.702 / 0.030
1317Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'25.1340.954 / 0.252
1442Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki1'25.1370.957 / 0.003
1538Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'25.2981.118 / 0.161
1676Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'25.3681.188 / 0.070
1719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'25.4251.245 / 0.057
188Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDucati1'25.4361.256 / 0.011
1941Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'25.4431.263 / 0.007
209Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDucati1'25.4831.303 / 0.040
2153Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'25.5271.347 / 0.044
2222Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'25.6931.513 / 0.166
2336Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'25.7141.534 / 0.021
2443Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'26.0511.871 / 0.337
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