Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia pips Quartararo in FP3, Marc Marquez crashes

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia topped a tight third practice for the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix as Marc Marquez will have to go through Q1 in qualifying after a late crash.

Misano MotoGP: Bagnaia pips Quartararo in FP3, Marc Marquez crashes

The miserably wet conditions from Friday gave way to gloriously hot sunshine for the final 45-minute practice session of the Misano weekend.

As a result, improvements on the combined times started to come in almost immediately, with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro the first significant improver to fourth.

As the session ticked off its first 10 minutes, Aragon race winner Bagnaia went fastest on the combined order with a 1m32.489s.

Over half of the field had made gains on the combined standings after 10 minutes of running, with championship leader Fabio Quartararo proving Bagnaia’s nearest challenger in the early stages 0.105s adrift.

With 25 minutes to go in the session, Friday pacesetter Maverick Vinales proved his form on the Aprilia was no fluke as he moved back to the top of the pile with a 1m32.200s.

This would stand as the benchmark for the next 15 minutes before Quartararo set the first sub-1m32s lap of the weekend, a 1m31.975s, to depose his former Yamaha team-mate Vinales.

As the field pushed for laptimes in FP3, the track bit several of them with Valentino Rossi suffering a fast off at the Turn 13 right-hander on his Petronas SRT Yamaha 25 minutes from the end of the session.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira would also have slow-speed front-end crashes at the Carro hairpin at Turn 14 and the Tramonto right at Turn 10 in the latter stages.

And with just over two minutes to go, while he was pushing to get into the top 10, Marc Marquez crashed – his 19th incident of the season - at Carro and was unable to get his Honda going again.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

This resigned the six-time MotoGP world champion to a Q1 appearance in qualifying later this afternoon – giving him an unwelcomed 15 extra minutes of running on a physical circuit on his still weakened right arm.

Moments before Marquez crashed, Bagnaia re-established himself at the top of the timesheets with a 1m31.936s, which would go unchallenged through to the chequered flag.

Quartararo shadowed the Ducati rider by 0.039 seconds, with Jack Miller third on the sister factory team Ducati.

Reigning world champion Joan Mir was top Suzuki rider in fourth ahead of Vinales, who is the only Aprilia into Q2 so far after team-mate Alex Espargaro had a late top eight lap cancelled for a yellow flag infringement.

Alex Rins ensured both Suzukis will go into Q2, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco, Honda’s Pol Espargaro, Pramac’s Jorge Martin and Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro – who benefitted from Aleix Espargaro’s cancelled lap – completing the top 10.

LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami was just 0.049s outside of a direct Q2 place in 11th and will face Q1 later with the likes of Bradl, Marc Marquez, Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaro.

All KTM riders continued to struggle at Misano, with the leading RC16 Brad Binder in 17th – albeit 1.096s off the pace.

He headed Tech3’s Iker Lecuona, who crashed late on, while Miguel Oliveira on the second factory team KTM and the sister Tech3 KTM of Danilo Petrucci – who also had a late fall – occupyied the final spots.

The returning Andrea Dovizioso was only 21st on the timesheets, but the Petronas SRT rider found 2.2s on his best lap from Friday’s only dry running in FP1.

Misano MotoGP - FP3 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 19 1'31.936  
2 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 21 1'31.975 0.039
3 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 21 1'32.089 0.153
4 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 23 1'32.136 0.200
5 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 21 1'32.200 0.264
6 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 22 1'32.324 0.388
7 France Johann Zarco Ducati 20 1'32.364 0.428
8 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 19 1'32.416 0.480
9 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 20 1'32.427 0.491
10 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 15 1'32.432 0.496
11 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 20 1'32.247 0.311
12 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 17 1'32.550 0.614
13 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 20 1'32.637 0.701
14 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 21 1'32.644 0.708
15 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 21 1'32.807 0.871
16 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 16 1'32.307 0.371
17 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 19 1'33.032 1.096
18 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 20 1'33.041 1.105
19 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 17 1'33.053 1.117
20 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 20 1'33.060 1.124
21 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 19 1'33.074 1.138
22 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 20 1'33.120 1.184
23 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 19 1'33.060 1.124
24 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 19 1'33.325 1.389
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