MotoGP Algarve: Bagnaia beats Quartararo by 0.001s in FP3

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia led MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo by just 0.001 seconds in an extremely tight Algarve Grand Prix FP3.

MotoGP Algarve: Bagnaia beats Quartararo by 0.001s in FP3

Despite clear skies bathed in bright sunshine, conditions were cold for the third 45-minute session of the Algarve weekend.

This meant lap time improvements on the combined order were few and far between for most of FP3.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir was the first major improver on the combined order, the 2020 world champion moving up to third with a 1m39.586s – which also put him top of the individual FP3 timesheet.

But this would be the most significant lap for some time, with LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami the only other rider able to improve into the top 10 with 25 minutes of the session gone.

Despite the lack of combined order improvements, the field still went for fresh slicks in the closing stages for a final time attack to try and secure a direct place in Q2 for this afternoon’s qualifying.

With seven minutes to go, Quartararo finally bettered his Friday time with a 1m39.206s to slightly extend his advantage at the top of the combined timesheets.

But it wouldn’t keep him top for long, as Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia found 0.004s to edge ahead with a 1m39.202s moments later.

A flurry of late lap times shook up the top 10 order as the session wound down, but Bagnaia remained fastest of all.

Mir was one of few riders to improve for much of the session until the final time attacks

Mir was one of few riders to improve for much of the session until the final time attacks

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

However, Yamaha’s Quartararo found a 1m39.203s on his final lap to shadow Bagnaia by 0.001s – setting up a titanic battle for pole position later today.

Mir completed the top three, missing top spot by just 0.025s on his Suzuki, with Ducati’s Jack Miller jumping up to fourth late on ahead of top Honda runner Alex Marquez on the LCR-run RC213V.

Franco Morbidelli had a wild ride to sixth on the second of the factory Yamahas ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins, while Pol Espargaro bagged a place in Q2 on the factory Honda ahead of Avintia rookie Luca Marini and Pramac’s Jorge Martin.

Just 0.461s covered the top 10, with Nakagami denied a place in Q2 by 0.005s from Tech3’s Iker Lecuona, who was comfortably top KTM on a continuing difficult weekend for the Austrian brand.

Home hero Miguel Oliveira – who said on Friday he had “hit a wall” in terms of going faster – did manage to find nine tenths compared to his Friday best, but that was still only good enough for 15th and was still 0.859s off the pace.

He’ll face Q1 later along with the likes of Petronas SRT duo Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, and both Aprilias of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.

MotoGP Algarve FP3 Results:

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 18 1'39.202  
2 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 20 1'39.203 0.001
3 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 16 1'39.227 0.025
4 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 19 1'39.362 0.160
5 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 20 1'39.375 0.173
6 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 19 1'39.476 0.274
7 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 20 1'39.550 0.348
8 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 18 1'39.552 0.350
9 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 18 1'39.580 0.378
10 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 19 1'39.663 0.461
11 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 19 1'39.668 0.466
12 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 19 1'39.883 0.681
13 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 18 1'39.936 0.734
14 France Johann Zarco Ducati 19 1'39.995 0.793
15 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 19 1'40.061 0.859
16 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 17 1'40.207 1.005
17 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 19 1'40.213 1.011
18 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 17 1'40.213 1.011
19 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 20 1'40.282 1.080
20 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 19 1'40.364 1.162
21 Spain Maverick Viñales Aprilia 15 1'40.616 1.414
22 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 18 1'40.826 1.624
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