Barcelona MotoGP: Marc Marquez on top in practice three

Marc Marquez topped the third MotoGP free practice session at Barcelona on Saturday morning

Barcelona MotoGP: Marc Marquez on top in practice three

The Spaniard, who was not a factor at the front on Friday, put in two consecutive laps quicker than anyone else in the closing minutes, knocking Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa off the top spot.

Pedrosa had been at the front for much of the session thanks to a lap he put in early on, but he was knocked back to third as Ducati's Nicky Hayden pulled out a lap good enough for second towards the end.

Friday pacesetter Valentino Rossi was fourth fastest ahead of Cal Crutchlow, while Jorge Lorenzo was only sixth after his session started off with a crash at Turn 5.

The Yamaha rider was quickly back to the pits and back out on his spare bike, but he did not get involved in the scrap at the top of the times after that.

At the bottom of the top 10, the CRT bike of Aleix Espargaro - which was fastest of anyone through the short first sector - prevented Bradley Smith and Michele Pirro from locking themselves into Q2.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Marc Marquez Honda 1m41.853s 2. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m41.916s + 0.063s 3. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m41.987s + 0.134s 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m42.009s + 0.156s 5. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m42.064s + 0.211s 6. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m42.166s + 0.313s 7. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m42.258s + 0.405s 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m42.345s + 0.492s 9. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m42.582s + 0.729s 10. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m42.795s + 0.942s 11. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m42.957s + 1.104s 12. Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m42.970s + 1.117s 13. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m43.106s + 1.253s 14. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m43.260s + 1.407s 15. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m43.652s + 1.799s 16. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m43.942s + 2.089s 17. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m44.167s + 2.314s 18. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 1m44.434s + 2.581s 19. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m45.136s + 3.283s 20. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m45.252s + 3.399s 21. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m45.407s + 3.554s 22. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m45.612s + 3.759s 23. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m45.686s + 3.833s 24. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m46.037s + 4.184s 
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