MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo leads Rossi in Yamaha third practice 1-2

Jorge Lorenzo set a new lap record as he beat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to the top spot in third practice for the Czech MotoGP at Brno

MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo leads Rossi in Yamaha third practice 1-2

Lorenzo's time of 1m55.476s was set during a late flurry of fast laps as world champion Marc Marquez initially broke the circuit record, only for Lorenzo to better it moments later and Rossi then bump the Honda rider down to third.

Marquez had been the fastest rider the majority of the 45-minute session after moving to the top of the timesheets early on, as the riders enjoyed cooler morning conditions of 38C track temperature.

In the end, Lorenzo's lap was a commanding 0.555 seconds clear of the pack.

Bradley Smith finished the session in fourth place, but the Tech 3 rider had spent most of the session out of the top 10 before he produced two laps good enough to advance directly into Q2 late on.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone managed to get within 0.444s of Marquez's then fastest time but the Italian was shuffled down to fifth place by the end of the session.

Maverick Vinales and Yonny Hernandez improved late on to be sixth and seventh ahead of Hector Barbera and the other Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, who only made it into Q2 with the last lap of the session.

Dani Pedrosa completed the top 10, despite visibly limping as he climbed aboard his Honda as a result of his heavy accident on Friday afternoon.

Although he improved his fastest time of the weekend, the Spaniard spent much of the session circulating around a second slower than he did on Friday.

Pol and Aleix Espargaro will have to go through Q1 as they were bumped out of the top 10 inside the last minute and ended up in 11th and 12th, ahead of Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow found himself down in 13th, the LCR Honda rider one of the few who could not improve during the final minutes of the session.

Rossi visited the Turn 13 gravel trap with eight minutes remaining after the Yahama rider could not get his bike slowed down in time.

He was able to recover to the pits, while Jack Miller crashed the other LCR Honda at Turn 3 in the final minutes of the session.

Follow the Czech MotoGP from 10:00 BST on Sunday, on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live.

THIRD PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m55.476s - 14
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m56.031s 0.555s 17
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m56.044s 0.568s 18
4 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m56.195s 0.719s 18
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m56.222s 0.746s 18
6 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m56.271s 0.795s 18
7 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m56.351s 0.875s 15
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m56.400s 0.924s 12
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m56.429s 0.953s 15
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m56.471s 0.995s 19
11 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m56.484s 1.008s 18
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m56.533s 1.057s 17
13 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m56.576s 1.100s 15
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m56.756s 1.280s 17
15 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m56.822s 1.346s 17
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m57.458s 1.982s 18
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m57.463s 1.987s 14
18 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m57.849s 2.373s 15
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m57.910s 2.434s 18
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m58.090s 2.614s 12
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m58.239s 2.763s 15
22 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m58.256s 2.780s 15
23 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m58.280s 2.804s 15
24 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1m58.947s 3.471s 13
25 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m59.165s 3.689s 15


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