Ducati's Andrea Iannone stays on top in third Mugello practice

Andrea Iannone kept Ducati on the top of the MotoGP timesheets at its home race, leading third practice for the Italian Grand Prix

Ducati's Andrea Iannone stays on top in third Mugello practice

Iannone led the way on Friday afternoon by nearly half a second and backed that up with another hot lap on Saturday morning at Mugello.

The Italian was the last of the frontrunners to improve on his Friday time, and had dropped down the order as Marc Marquez set the early pace with a 1m47.579s, 0.117 seconds faster than Iannone's benchmark.

The final runs signalled a typical flurry of improvements, with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo moving to the top with four minutes to go, with a time of 1m47.564s.

Marquez then improved to a 1m47.273s on his Honda, before Iannone underlined his strong form.

His lap of 1m46.991s was the first of the weekend beneath the 1m47s barrier, and good enough to lead the session by 0.089s over Marquez, who improved again at the death.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales jumped up to third with his final lap, while Yonny Hernandez was a standout fourth on his Aspar Ducati GP14.2.

Lorenzo wound up fifth, ahead of Danilo Petrucci, Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi.

The local favourite was the first of the frontrunners to make a move late in the session, moving up to second on his Yamaha with seven minutes to go, but was then shuffled down the order, albeit only 0.147s slower than team-mate Lorenzo.

Dani Pedrosa was ninth, while Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro booked the final spot in Q2, denying LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow by just 0.006s.

Battling a neck injury, Andrea Dovizioso was 12th and also missed out on an automatic Q2 spot, as 0.948s covered the top 13 riders.

Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat's weekend is over, the rookie fracturing his left collarbone in a crash at Turn 13 at the start of the session.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m46.991s - 20
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m47.080s 0.089s 19
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m47.180s 0.189s 19
4 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m47.327s 0.336s 17
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.393s 0.402s 18
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m47.408s 0.417s 18
7 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.504s 0.513s 21
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m47.540s 0.549s 19
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m47.583s 0.592s 18
10 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m47.619s 0.628s 17
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m47.625s 0.634s 18
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m47.859s 0.868s 15
13 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m47.939s 0.948s 17
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m48.003s 1.012s 20
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 1m48.015s 1.024s 19
16 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m48.046s 1.055s 16
17 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.048s 1.057s 15
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 1m48.305s 1.314s 18
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia 1m48.592s 1.601s 17
20 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m48.725s 1.734s 17
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m49.285s 2.294s 15
- Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda - - 0


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