Marquez shoots to the top in Germany

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez is always fast at the Sachsenring

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took back to the top in FP3 at the German GP, as the seven-in-a-row winner at the venue headed key rival Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.170 seconds. Home rider Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was fastest for some time in the session and completed the top three in an impressive performance from the German rookie.

Joining the fastest three in Q2 will be Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), who has shown great pace all weekend in wet and dry conditions, as well as FP3 improver Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who completes the top five and moves himself safely through after ending Friday further down the timesheets.

Sachsenring
Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was another of those outside the top ten on Friday, but the ‘Doctor’ hit back despite a bike stoppage to take P6. Another impressive mover on the timesheets was Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), who moved up into seventh, and was just ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso – the Championship leader and Friday’s fastest man.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) was ninth quickest and moves through despite a low drama lowside at T1 in the session, with Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) the final name confirmed as going into Q2.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was one high profile name to miss out, and the French podium finisher had a fast crash at Turn 11 in FP3 – rider ok. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was another podium finisher to miss the cut, and also crashed out of the session. The two men will be leading the hunt for the final two spots in Q2 once the lights go out in Q1.

Practice 3 Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Behind Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.745 0.000 0.000
2 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'20.915 0.170 0.170
3 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'21.198 0.453 0.283
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'21.209 0.464 0.011
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'21.275 0.530 0.066
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'21.311 0.566 0.036
7 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'21.373 0.628 0.062
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'21.422 0.677 0.049
9 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'21.480 0.735 0.058
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'21.497 0.752 0.017
11 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'21.608 0.863 0.111
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'21.623 0.878 0.015
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'21.658 0.913 0.035
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'21.835 1.090 0.177
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'21.897 1.152 0.062
16 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'21.925 1.180 0.028
17 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'21.934 1.189 0.009
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'21.945 1.200 0.011
19 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'22.018 1.273 0.073
20 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'22.089 1.344 0.071
21 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'22.350 1.605 0.261
22 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'22.380 1.635 0.030
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'22.569 1.824 0.189
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'22.724 1.979 0.155

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