Marquez tops FP3 in Valencia


Blue skies, few clouds and temperatures creeping up towards 20 degrees was the scene on Saturday morning for FP3, with Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0) initially the only men able to lower their laptimes from Friday – taking between three and four tenths off.

In the last 15 minutes the action hotted up once again, and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took the top spot in the final shootout – getting down to two tenths off Lorenzo’s Best Lap of the circuit – with Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales in P2 – and Lorenzo’s Friday laptime keeping the Spartan in third on combined times.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is fourth quickest going through the Q2, with Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa back from injury in stunning style to complete the top five. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) led brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) next on the timesheets, with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) taking eighth.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was ninth quickest and safely through to Q2, with Bradley Smith winning the battle of the Brits to complete the top ten – and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) the big name left heading for Q1 in P11.


1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m30.258s 0.000s 21
2 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m30.361s 0.103s 23
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m30.643s 0.385s 20
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m30.711s 0.453s 22
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m30.743s 0.485s 22
6 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m30.745s 0.487s 20
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m30.769s 0.511s 21
8 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m30.834s 0.576s 20
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m30.852s 0.594s 22
10 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m31.002s 0.744s 21
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m31.023s 0.765s 21
12 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m31.147s 0.889s 20
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m31.308s 1.050s 19
14 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m31.410s 1.152s 22
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m31.550s 1.292s 20
16 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m31.589s 1.331s 21
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m31.894s 1.636s 22
18 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m31.976s 1.718s 24
19 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m31.991s 1.733s 19
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m32.240s 1.982s 19
21 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m32.464s 2.206s 20
22 Mika Kallio KTM 1m32.772s 2.514s 19

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