Rins fastest in drying Aragon MotoGP FP3

Suzuki's Alex Rins topped a damp third MotoGP practice for the Aragon Grand Prix, having been one of only three riders to use slick tyres during the session

Rins fastest in drying Aragon MotoGP FP3

The track was drying out slowly from morning rain at the start of the session, and wet tyres were the preference for almost the entirety of FP3.

The mixed conditions allowed some unusual names to lead early on, with both KTM's Mika Kallio - stepping into replace the ousted Johann Zarco from this weekend to the end of the season - and Suzuki's Joan Mir topping the timesheets for about 10 minutes each.

As the final 15 minutes began, only Fabio Quartararo (Petronas SRT Yamaha) was out on the circuit, with the Frenchman gradually making his way to the top of the order, outpacing Mir by a tenth.

But soon the majority of the field was back on track, and Kallio was again took over top spot with a 1m57.744s, beating Quartararo's time by over a second and forming a KTM one-two with Tech3's Miguel Oliveira at one point.

Kallio couldn't hold onto first place, however, as he was demoted by Vinales, before Rins - who gave slicks a go along with Franco Morbidelli (SRT) and the sister Tech3 bike of Hafizh Syahrin - went another second faster.

Rins ended the session on top with a 1m55.934s, with Vinales and Kallio completing the top three.

Despite topping the session, Rins will still needs to battle through the first part of qualifying after missing the cut at the end of practice on Friday in 11th.

Morbidelli jumped up to fourth at the end on slicks, with Oliveira bringing a second KTM into the top five.

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) and Yamaha's Rossi were sixth and seventh respectively ahead of wildcard Bradley Smith - the only Aprilia to set a laptime in the session.

Aprilia's works riders Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone were two of five riders deciding to forgo a flying lap, joined in doing so by championship leader Marc Marquez (Honda), Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati).

Quartararo and Mir ended up completing the top 10.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m55.934s - 7
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m57.013s 1.079s 8
3 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m57.744s 1.810s 10
4 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m57.988s 2.054s 17
5 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m58.153s 2.219s 11
6 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m58.159s 2.225s 14
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m58.338s 2.404s 11
8 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1m58.593s 2.659s 12
9 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m58.904s 2.970s 14
10 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m59.050s 3.116s 7
11 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m59.143s 3.209s 7
12 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m59.145s 3.211s 8
13 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m59.216s 3.282s 5
14 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m59.504s 3.570s 8
15 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m59.610s 3.676s 5
16 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m59.792s 3.858s 13
17 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 2m02.673s 6.739s 4
18 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 2m03.241s 7.307s 6
- Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia - - 0
- Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia - - 0
- Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati - - 0
- Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati - - 0
- Marc Marquez Honda Honda - - 0

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