MotoGP Brno: Rossi fasest in FP3, Vinales misses automatic Q2 spot

Valentino Rossi set the pace in third practice at for MotoGP's 2018 Czech Grand Prix, while his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales missed out on an automatic Q2 spot

MotoGP Brno: Rossi fasest in FP3, Vinales misses automatic Q2 spot

Rossi was in danger of having to take part in Q1 in qualifying as he was only 11th when the chequered flag came out, but he responded with a 1m55.175s to end up first with a last-gasp effort.

At the beginning of FP3, Marc Marquez quickly beat Dani Pedrosa's Friday benchmark with a 1m55.637s, with Cal Crutchlow slotting into second.

The Honda duo locked out the top two for most of the session, but Marquez was demoted with 11 minutes remaining when Crutchlow went faster by 0.02s, before Danilo Petrucci improved the top spot time with a 1m55.369s.

Petrucci led for four minutes before his factory Ducati counterpart Jorge Lorenzo moved ahead by 0.041s, but the Pramac rider fought back during the final minute of the session.

But he still had to settle for second thanks to Rossi's final lap, with Lorenzo also improving during the dying stages but staying third, ahead of Marquez.

Andrea Iannone was fifth in an otherwise disappointing session for Suzuki, as Alex Rins and wildcard Sylvain Guintoli were only 17th and 24th respectively.

Pedrosa and Crutchlow ended up sixth and seventh, with the latter ending the session with a crash at Turn 3.

Johann Zarco took eighth, while Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat was ninth and Andrea Dovizioso only just made it in to Q2 automatically as the works Ducati rider finished 10th.

Vinales was best of the rest in 11th, missing out on the top 10 by 0.055s, and he was followed by Aleix Espargaro.

Takaaki Nakagami crashed at T7 and finished 23rd, while Hafizh Syahrin, who spent most of the session inside the top 10, fell at T13 and ended up only 16th.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 20th, 1.5s off the pace.

FP3 results

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m55.175s 17
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.086s 16
3 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 0.151s 16
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.283s 17
5 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 0.324s 18
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.342s 18
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 0.442s 16
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 0.453s 17
9 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 0.488s 15
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.546s 16
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 0.601s 16
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 0.635s 14
13 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.666s 18
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 0.741s 19
15 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 0.758s 14
16 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 0.838s 14
17 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 0.934s 17
18 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1.105s 16
19 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1.311s 16
20 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1.511s 17
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1.727s 14
22 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1.789s 15
23 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1.833s 16
24 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Suzuki 2.029s 14
25 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 2.147s 17
26 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 2.385s 14

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