MotoGP: Bagnaia tops third Mugello practice with lap record

Ducati factory rider Francesco Bagnaia set a new MotoGP lap record of Mugello as he topped the third practice session ahead of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

Bagnaia led his title rival Fabio Quartararo by 0.157s with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder also under two tenths away from Bagnaia in third, as we witness the South African equal the top speed record.

The man searching for a 2021 hat-trick of wins is fourth behind Bagnaia, Quartararo and Binder, his name is of course Miller as the Aussie and Zarco complete the top five. Rins, Oliveira, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro and Morbidelli were able to sail into Q2, as just 0.409s covers the leading 10 riders ahead of qualifying at Mugello.

Fabio Quartararo

Viñales sits 11th after FP3 and will have to contest in the opening part of qualifying. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Aleix Espargaro and Nakagami are also outside the all-important top 10, as just under a second splits the top 19.

This means one thing: the fight for the final two Q2 places will be intense in Q1, and the pole position battle is shaping up to be a barn burner.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Time Behind Gap
1 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1m45.465s 0.000s 0.000s
2 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m45.613s 0.157 0.157
3 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m45.652s 0.196 0.039
4 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1m45.701s 0.245 0.049
5 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati 1m45.725s 0.269 0.024
6 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1m45.754s 0.298 0.029
7 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m45.791s 0.335 0.037
8 Joan Mir Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1m45.825s 0.369 0.034
9 Pol Espargaró Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m45.858s 0.402 0.033
10 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1m45.865s 0.409 0.007
11 Maverick Viñales Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m45.895s 0.439 0.030
12 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m46.013s 0.557 0.118
13 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1m46.015s 0.559 0.002
14 Michele Pirro Pramac Racing Ducati 1m46.103s 0.647 0.088
15 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1m46.311s 0.855 0.208
16 Luca Marini SKY VR46 Avintia Team Ducati 1m46.332s 0.876 0.021
17 Danilo Petrucci Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m46.355s 0.899 0.023
18 Valentino Rossi Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1m46.358s 0.902 0.003
19 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1m46.447s 0.991 0.089
20 Enea Bastianini Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1m46.627s 1.171 0.180
21 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda 1.46s 1.397 0.226
22 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m47.247s 1.791 0.394