Marquez stamps authority on practice 3 at Aragon


Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez set the fastest time of the weekend so far at MotorLand Aragon to top FP3. The Spaniard managed a 1.47.380 that he set on just his fifth lap. Despite setting it so early, it was good enough to top the timesheets despite the usual frantic end to the session as riders attempted to secure their progress through to Q2. His time was just two-tenths of his Pole Record from last year in a session where the top seven riders were separated by almost a second. The Spaniard was utilizing a new swingarm his team debuted yesterday and it seemed to pay dividends.

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo tried aerodynamics winglets on his M1 for the first time this weekend during FP3. Despite this he did not improve his time from Friday and ended the session 0.137s off the pace of Marquez.

Marquez's teammate Dani Pedrosa (+0.283s) did improve his time during the session to complete the provisional front row in third. Valentino Rossi (+0.312s) managed to improve his time by over half a second from Friday to end the session in fourth overall, but significantly closer to the time of his teammate and main title rival Lorenzo.

Ducati Team's Andrea Iannone (+0.406s) rode without painkillers despite his injured left shoulder that he re-dislocated in a training accident. The Italian gritted his teeth to finish fifth fastest as he improved his time from Friday by almost a second on the softer option tire.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow (+0.877s) improved from 13th on Friday to end the session in sixth as the leading Satellite rider. Up next were the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Smith had a big crash at turn 5 during the session but was unhurt and finished in sixth, while Espargaro was seventh.

Team Suzuki Ecstar's Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro secured their progress to Q2 by finishing in 9th and 10th respectively as they also utilized the softer option tire available to them. Vinales improving his Friday time by 1.2s despite crashing at turn 2 half way through the session.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Scott Redding (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) are the big names that will have to fight it out in Q1. Dovizioso just missing out on an automatic place in Q2 by just 0.051s.

Forward Racing's Loris Baz was one of a number of riders to be caught out by slightly colder conditions as he crashed at turn 2 and was taken to the Medical Centre for checks on his neck, but was okay. There was also a crash for Jack Miller (LCR Honda) at the same corner, with the rider unhurt.


Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.380 0.000 / 0.000
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'47.663 0.283 / 0.283
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.692 0.312 / 0.029
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.775 0.395 / 0.083
5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.786 0.406 / 0.011
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'48.257 0.877 / 0.471
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'48.449 1.069 / 0.192
8 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'48.449 1.069
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'48.589 1.209 / 0.140
10 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'48.615 1.235 / 0.026
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'48.839 1.459 / 0.224
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'48.900 1.520 / 0.061
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'49.112 1.732 / 0.212
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 1'49.237 1.857 / 0.125
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1'49.238 1.858 / 0.001
16 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'49.464 2.084 / 0.226
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'49.581 2.201 / 0.117
18 43 Jack MILLER AUS LCR Honda Honda 1'49.726 2.346 / 0.145
19 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'49.890 2.510 / 0.164
20 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 1'50.181 2.801 / 0.291
21 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'50.485 3.105 / 0.304
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'51.292 3.912 / 0.807
23 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'51.312 3.932 / 0.020
24 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1'51.561 4.181 / 0.249
25 76 Loris BAZ FRA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward

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