MotoGP Austria: Marquez dominates damp FP3, Rossi to contest Q1

Marc Marquez dominated a damp Saturday morning MotoGP practice session in Austria, while Valentino Rossi will be forced to take part in the first part of qualifying

The session was held under damp, drying conditions with the majority of the riders starting on wet tyres and Jorge Lorenzo dominating the early stages.

However, it only took 12 minutes for the track to be quicker on slicks when Rossi outpaced the Ducati rider.

The top time was continuously lowered before Lorenzo retook the lead with a 1m30.687s, a time still nearly seven seconds slower than Andrea Dovizioso's benchmark from Friday.

Despite the track getting drier, Lorenzo led for nearly 20 minutes when Jack Miller finally demoted him, only for Marquez to go a second faster a lap later.

Marquez then improved significantly one more time and his 1m26.396s was unreachable for the rest of the field, ending up topping the session by 1.7s.

A trio of British riders followed Marquez with KTM's Bradley Smith taking second, ahead of Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow.

Marc VDS Honda's Tom Luthi was fifth followed by the top Ducati of Miller.

Dovizioso was seventh as the top 10 was completed by Alex Rins, Hafizh Syahrin and Maverick Vinales.

Lorenzo and Rossi were only 14th and 15th respectively and, with nobody improving on their FP1 times, the latter is forced to take part in Q1, having only finished 11th in the opening practice of the weekend.

The 10 riders to automatically make it to Q2 are the three Ducati GP18s of Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci, Honda trio Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Crutchlow, the Yamahas of Johann Zarco and Vinales, as well as Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati).

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m26.496s - 8
2 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m28.280s 1.784s 11
3 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m28.478s 1.982s 14
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m28.653s 2.157s 14
5 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m28.744s 2.248s 19
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m28.967s 2.471s 12
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m29.008s 2.512s 10
8 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m29.014s 2.518s 15
9 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.206s 2.710s 14
10 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m29.208s 2.712s 21
11 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m29.762s 3.266s 14
12 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m30.255s 3.759s 19
13 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.390s 3.894s 20
14 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m30.687s 4.191s 10
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.375s 4.879s 22
16 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.644s 5.148s 19
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m32.239s 5.743s 13
18 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m32.363s 5.867s 19
19 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m32.451s 5.955s 17
- Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m34.465s 7.969s 7
- Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m35.186s 8.690s 5
- Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m38.257s 11.761s 3
- Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati - - 0

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