Iannone’s Ducati on top in final Red Bull Ring practice

Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) topped FP3 ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso, after the older Italian had gone fastest on Friday ahead of his 250th GP start. Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Vinales was third fastest after having topped FP1, with reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) taking a big leap up the timesheets into P4.

The focus of the session focused on an incident at Turn 3, however, as Marc Marquez was the first to improve on Saturday morning and the Repsol Honda Team rider went up into third on the combined timesheets – but the championship leader suffered an incident later and was forced to watch the lap times tumble as his Q2 position came under threat.

The drama at Turn 3 for Marquez almost became drama for the entire Repsol Honda Team as Dani Pedrosa headed into the corner off the racing line, with teammate Marquez following – and then getting to the corner too hot and having to avoid his teammate. The split second decision made by the younger rider saw him take to the outside, further unsettling his Repsol Honda as he just missed Pedrosa – and then took a hard impact just ahead of the run off area. The 2013 and 2014 World Champion was slow to his feet and headed back to the box – before heading to the medical center. Marquez is reported to have briefly dislocated his shoulder, with the tyre warmers remaining on in the Repsol Honda garage as the 4-time world champion headed off for further checks. After extensive check ups, the points leader was given the all-ok.

Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'23.327 0.000 / 0.000
2 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'23.755 0.428 / 0.428
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'23.843 0.516 / 0.088
4 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'23.962 0.635 / 0.119
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'24.026 0.699 / 0.064
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'24.108 0.781 / 0.082
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.170 0.843 / 0.062
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'24.170 0.843 / 0.000
9 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.265 0.938 / 0.095
10 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.422 1.095 / 0.157
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'24.632 1.305 / 0.210
12 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.692 1.365 / 0.060
13 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.722 1.395 / 0.030
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'24.768 1.441 / 0.046
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.815 1.488 / 0.047
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'24.821 1.494 / 0.006
17 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'25.003 1.676 / 0.182
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'25.005 1.678 / 0.002
19 43 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'25.016 1.689 / 0.011
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'25.278 1.951 / 0.262
21 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'25.447 2.120 / 0.169
22 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'25.552 2.225 / 0.105

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