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

shares
comments
Marquez's 1.6s Aragon MotoGP FP1 margin "f***ing hurt" rivals

Previous article

Marquez's 1.6s Aragon MotoGP FP1 margin "f***ing hurt" rivals

Next article

KTM "lost hope" with Zarco's negativity over its MotoGP bike

KTM "lost hope" with Zarco's negativity over its MotoGP bike
Load comments
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021