MotoGP Assen: Valentino Rossi beats Jorge Lorenzo in GP3

Valentino Rossi topped the third MotoGP practice session at Assen, beating Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in a late shootout

MotoGP Assen: Valentino Rossi beats Jorge Lorenzo in GP3

The session was interrupted after around 12 minutes by light drizzle but conditions improved enough for riders to return to the track just over 10 minutes later.

Improvements by others in a frantic end to the session meant Lorenzo was pushed down to the bottom of the top 10 on combined times and in danger of not making Q2.

However, a late effort in the final minute sent the Spaniard to first place.

Rossi - who has a one-point advantage over Lorenzo at the top of the standings - was able to better that moments later to top the session by 0.108 seconds.

Ducati duo Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso claimed third and fourth respectively with their late efforts, beating the time of Bradley Smith that briefly put Tech 3 Yamaha rider top just seconds before the factory aces took over.

Marc Marquez was sixth ahead of his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, whose FP3 time was half a tenth slower than his benchmark from Thursday.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales was knocked out of a Q2 place in the early stages by Smith but he recovered to set a time good enough for third with six minutes remaining and remained sufficient for eighth place at the flag.

Pol Espargaro joined team-mate Smith in making Q2 in ninth ahead of LCR Honda man Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow fell one hundredth of a second short of his best time from Thursday but just held onto the final place in the top 10 ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Catalunya pole-sitter Aleix Espargaro.

FREE PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.167s 18
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.108s 18
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 0.125s 16
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.189s 15
5 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.220s 18
6 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.310s 16
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.341s 16
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 0.359s 17
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.493s 16
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.577s 14
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 0.636s 18
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 0.787s 16
13 Stefan Bradl Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1.028s 16
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.056s 17
15 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1.239s 17
16 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.273s 15
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.501s 16
18 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.846s 15
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.859s 17
20 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2.010s 15
21 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2.253s 15
22 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2.863s 7
23 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 3.131s 13
24 Marco Melandri Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 4.222s 14

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