MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez fastest in crash-strewn FP3 session

Marc Marquez recovered from an early-session crash to set the pace in the Saturday morning MotoGP practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno

MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez fastest in crash-strewn FP3 session

Just four and a half minutes into the session, Alvaro Bautista crashed at Turn 10 after his Aspar Ducati seemingly leaked oil on the track.

The Hondas of Marquez and Cal Crutchlow both fell at the same spot a few moments later and the red flag came out to repair the damaged air fence the bikes hit.

After the restart, Dani Pedrosa quickly moved to the top with a 1m55.541s, before he also fell at Turn 8.

While he didn't improve for the rest of the session, he stayed at the front until the very last minute, when Marquez went 0.171s quicker with a 1m55.370s.

Pedrosa ended up second as the two factory Yamahas followed with Valentino Rossi ahead of Maverick Vinales.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest of the three 2017-spec Ducatis, all of which used different fairing designs.

While Dovizioso again opted not to use the new fairing, Jorge Lorenzo tested the same version he ran in FP2 and was ninth, two tenths behind his team-mate.

Meanwhile, Danilo Petrucci used a more extreme version of the new fairing on his Pramac-run machine, but was only 16th.

Crutchlow recovered from his early crash to take seventh, followed by Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, who also had a crash at Turn 3.

Lorenzo and Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz were the last riders to seal automatic spots in Q2.

Baz was another rider to fall at Turn 8, while Scott Redding crashed at the fifth corner.

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m55.370s - 18
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m55.541s 0.171s 17
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m55.758s 0.388s 19
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m55.773s 0.403s 18
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m55.777s 0.407s 16
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m55.819s 0.449s 15
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m55.871s 0.501s 17
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.895s 0.525s 18
9 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m55.969s 0.599s 18
10 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m56.177s 0.807s 16
11 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m56.268s 0.898s 16
12 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m56.280s 0.910s 18
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m56.320s 0.950s 17
14 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m56.350s 0.980s 18
15 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m56.667s 1.297s 16
16 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m56.686s 1.316s 17
17 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m56.766s 1.396s 20
18 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m56.835s 1.465s 20
19 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m57.001s 1.631s 13
20 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m57.156s 1.786s 18
21 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m57.307s 1.937s 17
22 Bradley Smith KTM 1m57.398s 2.028s 20
23 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m57.406s 2.036s 18


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