Misano MotoGP: Johann Zarco heads Jack Miller in drying FP3

Johann Zarco and Jack Miller were first and second in the damp third MotoGP practice session at Misano, with both riders earning a spot in Q2 as a result

Misano MotoGP: Johann Zarco heads Jack Miller in drying FP3

The session started in damp conditions, and most of the field decided to stay in pits in the early stages, with only a few riders completing one lap on wet tyres.

The only three riders lapping on slicks from the get go were Alvaro Bautista, Dani Pedrosa and Zarco, with Bautista setting and then repeatedly lowering the FP3 benchmark.

The Nieto Ducati rider's first lap was a 1m44.251s but the pace improved by eight seconds during the next 15 minutes and, when Pedrosa finally demoted the World Superbike-bound Spaniard, others started to venture out on track as well.

Pedrosa still led for another 10 minutes when fellow Honda rider Tom Luthi edged him out, and then Marc Marquez took over.

Marquez first set two 1m35s efforts and then another two in the 1m33s range, the second of those giving him a lead of 1.9s with 12 minutes on the clock.

But with Marquez not improving, others caught up before Andrea Dovizioso and Zarco moved ahead.

Zarco, only 11th overall after FP2, was battling for a Q2 spot, but his 1m33.010s was two tenths off Friday's cut-off time set by Franco Morbidelli.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider did not improve next time around but Miller, who followed him on track, did - moving into the overall top 10 with the 1m32.871s he set just a few seconds before the chequered flag fell.

However, Zarco fought back as he had time for another lap to eventually take first in FP3 with a 1m32.788s, which translated to ninth in the overall classification.

Miller was second, 0.073s adrift, with Dovizioso and Marquez completing the top four.

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow took fifth ahead of Alex Rins, with the top six all securing Q2 berths.

Franco Morbidelli continued his impressive weekend with a seventh, but he, along with Andrea Iannone, was pushed out of the overall top 10 by Zarco and Miller.

Qualifying later on Saturday will thus mark the first time Andrea Iannone has had to fight through the opening segment since the corresponding event last year.

Pedrosa ended up eighth with Hafizh Syahrin recovering from a difficult Friday to take ninth.

It was a quiet session for the factory Yamahas as Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi were 10th and 20th respectively, but both are into Q2.

The Ducati GP18s of Danilo Petrucci, 15th, and Jorge Lorenzo, who ended FP3 without a laptime, also stayed in the overall top 10.

Tom Luthi and Bradley Smith both crashed in the dying stages at Turn 8 and 14 respectively.

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.788s - 21
2 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m32.861s 0.073s 14
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m33.278s 0.490s 8
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m33.322s 0.534s 13
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m33.366s 0.578s 10
6 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.554s 0.766s 11
7 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m33.600s 0.812s 9
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m33.689s 0.901s 17
9 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.743s 0.955s 12
10 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.774s 0.986s 8
11 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m33.926s 1.138s 22
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m34.170s 1.382s 11
13 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.485s 1.697s 12
14 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.500s 1.712s 13
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.681s 1.893s 5
16 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m34.889s 2.101s 13
17 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.941s 2.153s 7
18 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m34.953s 2.165s 9
19 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m34.963s 2.175s 13
20 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m35.202s 2.414s 10
21 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m35.236s 2.448s 15
22 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m35.598s 2.810s 10
23 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m35.808s 3.020s 11
- Christophe Ponsson Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m40.469s 7.681s 8
- Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m50.722s 17.934s 2
- Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati - - 0

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