Moto GP Mugello: Marquez tops FP3, Vinales resigned to Q1

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez topped the third MotoGP practice session at Mugello, as Yamaha's Maverick Vinales was resigned to Q1

Moto GP Mugello: Marquez tops FP3, Vinales resigned to Q1

Vinales had ended Friday's running second-fastest, but could not improve on his laptime in FP3 and was knocked out of the combined-classification top 10 at the death.

Having convincingly topped both of Friday's sessions, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was into the lead once more six minutes into FP3 and concluded his first run two tenths clear of LCR's Cal Crutchlow.

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci soon edged a few hundredths closer to Iannone's 1m47.236s effort, and remained in the runner-up spot until teammate Jack Miller, who had crashed at the Correntaio right-hander earlier in the session, improved to just 0.066s off the Suzuki man's pace.

As late-session soft-tyre time attacks kicked off, Iannone was finally deposed by compatriot Valentino Rossi, the Yamaha rider dipping below the 1m47s mark.

Shortly thereafter, Honda rider Marquez fired in the best lap of the weekend so far, eclipsing Iannone's Friday benchmark with a 1m46.439s.

His lap also surpassed the pole record, which had likewise been set by Iannone, on a Ducati back in 2015.

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo improved to second place before being relegated to third by Rossi at the chequered flag, as the Yamaha man wound up 0.336s slower than Marquez.

Iannone ended the session in fourth, ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, Petrucci and Crutchlow.

Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli followed Marquez throughout the Spaniard's pace-setting lap and managed to book his first Q2 appearance as a result, finishing eighth in FP3.

Iannone's Suzuki teammate Alex Rins stunned Vinales at the chequered flag by snatching ninth place and securing a Q2 berth, while Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso also advanced in 10th.

Miller and Honda's Dani Pedrosa are the other frequent frontrunners who will be joining Vinales in Q1.

FP3 results

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m46.439s - 20
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m46.775s 0.336s 20
3 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m46.782s 0.343s 17
4 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m46.790s 0.351s 19
5 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m46.863s 0.424s 18
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m46.946s 0.507s 18
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m46.946s 0.507s 18
8 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 1m46.987s 0.548s 17
9 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m47.056s 0.617s 18
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m47.086s 0.647s 16
11 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m47.134s 0.695s 16
12 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m47.227s 0.788s 19
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m47.248s 0.809s 16
14 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m47.249s 0.810s 21
15 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m47.257s 0.818s 21
16 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 1m47.269s 0.830s 15
17 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m47.460s 1.021s 22
18 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m48.019s 1.580s 18
19 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m48.093s 1.654s 18
20 Scott Redding Aprilia 1m48.148s 1.709s 16
21 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m48.194s 1.755s 19
22 Bradley Smith KTM 1m48.534s 2.095s 17
23 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 1m48.799s 2.360s 19
24 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati 1m49.224s 2.785s 19


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