MotoGP Valencia: Marquez tops FP3 but Dovizioso struggles

MotoGP title favourite Marc Marquez topped the third practice session at Valencia, while Andrea Dovizioso ended a poor Saturday morning 16th

MotoGP Valencia: Marquez tops FP3 but Dovizioso struggles

Honda rider Marquez took the lead early in the session and established a clear advantage with a lap time of 1m30.939s.

He had a seven-tenth gap over Andrea Iannone at the time, but as the session progressed, Johann Zarco took over as Marquez's main challenger, getting as close 0.002s with five minutes to go.

Marquez then went even quicker, and his 1m30.255s surpassed Jorge Lorenzo's Friday benchmark.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Zarco and Suzuki man Iannone ended up in second and third with identical lap times, as Lorenzo grabbed fourth.

Alex Rins was fifth on the second Suzuki, followed by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro and Jack Miller, who is spending his last race weekend with Marc VDS Honda.

Valentino Rossi had a low-key session and looked set to miss out on a Q2 spot until a last-minute improvement that put him eighth, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, just as the chequered flag fell.

Those riders riders all booked a place in Q2, as did 16th-fastest Dovizioso, who managed eighth in the combined times on the strength of a strong Friday lap.

Maverick Vinales was only 13th in FP3, and must battle through Q1 along with Honda and Ducati satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci.

The session featured five crashes, two from Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Honda) and one each for Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), Miller, and Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati).

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m30.255s 23
2 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.246s 21
3 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 0.246s 21
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0.348s 18
5 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.591s 22
6 Michele Pirro Ducati 0.628s 20
7 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 0.776s 19
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.782s 22
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.794s 23
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.843s 18
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.862s 21
12 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.879s 21
13 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1.065s 20
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.147s 19
15 Bradley Smith KTM 1.152s 22
16 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1.205s 20
17 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1.267s 15
18 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1.338s 21
19 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1.340s 19
20 Mika Kallio KTM 1.362s 23
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1.449s 22
22 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.455s 19
23 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.714s 17
24 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2.549s 18
25 Michael van der Mark Tech3 Yamaha 2.570s 21

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