MotoGP Sachsenring: Marquez fastest in FP3, Lorenzo to contest Q1

Honda's Marc Marquez led the way in third practice for the German Grand Prix, while reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo will have to contest Saturday's first phase of qualifying

MotoGP Sachsenring: Marquez fastest in FP3, Lorenzo to contest Q1

Marquez, who is undefeated at the Sachsenring in the premier class, finally displaced Maverick Vinales' Friday benchmark at the top of the combined times with six minutes to go.

Having tried an updated Honda chassis during his middle run, Marquez recorded a 1m21.679s late to become the first rider to lap beneath the 1m22s barrier this weekend.

That was 0.402 seconds clear of the pack, and he improved again to a 1m21.552s the next time around.

It was enough to finish 0.107s clear of Andrea Iannone, the Ducati rider and Vinales both eclipsing their Friday times in the final five minutes.

Vinales was 0.268s off the pace set by Marquez, while his 2017 team-mate Valentino Rossi bounced back from being a quiet 14th on Friday to finish with the fourth-fastest time.

On the other Yamaha, Lorenzo was off the pace and did not secure one of the 10 guaranteed places in the second phase of qualifying for the first time since the format was introduced in 2013.

Having crashed at the high-speed Turn 11 on Friday morning in significantly cooler conditions, Lorenzo was down in 16th place with 10 minutes to go, before improving to 11th and then sixth place.

But he was shuffled back down the order to 15th, 0.901s off Marquez's pace and 0.578s slower than Rossi.

Pol Espargaro was the top satellite rider for Tech3 Yamaha in fifth, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Aleix Espargaro, Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso.

Yonny Hernandez secured the final place in Q2 with 10th, denying LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow by 0.055s, the British rider having fallen at Turn 10 early in the session.

In a tight order, just 0.162s split Suzuki's Espargaro in seventh and Danilo Petrucci in 12th.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m21.552s - 23
2 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1m21.659s 0.107s 24
3 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1m21.820s 0.268s 21
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m21.880s 0.328s 25
5 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1m21.910s 0.358s 23
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m21.950s 0.398s 22
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1m22.064s 0.512s 21
8 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m22.069s 0.517s 22
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m22.072s 0.520s 20
10 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 1m22.127s 0.575s 22
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m22.190s 0.638s 21
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m22.226s 0.674s 24
13 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 1m22.308s 0.756s 21
14 Bradley Smith Tech3 Yamaha 1m22.326s 0.774s 24
15 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m22.453s 0.901s 21
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1m22.656s 1.104s 23
17 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m22.763s 1.211s 20
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1m22.987s 1.435s 22
19 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 1m23.453s 1.901s 27
20 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m24.060s 2.508s 18
21 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1m24.096s 2.544s 19


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