Silverstone MotoGP: Crutchlow edges Petrucci by 0.027s to lead FP3

Home hero Cal Crutchlow headed third practice for the MotoGP British Grand Prix by 0.027 seconds over Danilo Petrucci

Damp patches on a mostly dry Silverstone circuit meant combined standings improvements were few and far between, with Crutchlow snatching top spot after a late flurry of laps.

Honda's Marc Marquez set the benchmark at 2m04.864s in the opening stages of the session, with FP1 pacesetter Vinales just 0.119s adrift on the Yamaha.

LCR's Crutchlow took over from his Honda stablemate moments later by 0.171s, though Vinales would demote the Briton with a 2m03.458s.

Marquez and Vinales traded top spot with just under half an hour to go, with the latter creeping ahead by four tenths.

Friday's overall pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso cut Vinales' advantage to just over a tenth on his Ducati, though the Yamaha rider steadily build his gap back up to over half a second with a 2m02.176s lap as the session entered its final 10 minutes.

The first major improvement on the combined times came moments later, when Pramac's Petrucci - who felt dangerous riding from Jorge Lorenzo denied him a place in the top 10 in FP2 - leaped up to 10th overall and second in session with a 2m02.257s.

Vinales re-established his position at the front of the pack with a 2m02.088s, though this was beaten first by Jack Miller on the sister Pramac bike, before Crutchlow edged ahead of his former LCR teammate with a 2m01.866s.

Petrucci jumped back up to second on his last attempt to secure a Q2 place with Crutchlow, while Miller headed the Yamaha trip of Tech3's Johann Zarco and the factory pairing of Vinales and Valentino Rossi - all of whom in Q2 spots.

Marc VDS' Franco Morbidelli - who was officially announced on Friday as joining the SIC Yamaha team next year - was seventh on his Marc VDS Honda, but his 2m02.321 was not good enough to push him into Q2.

Dovizioso headed Marquez in eight spot, with KTM's Bradley Smith 10th, though will face Q1 later today.

13th-placed Andrea Iannone and Lorenzo in 15th were the final two riders to secure Q2 placements, both by virtue of their FP2 times.

Farm corner claimed two victims in FP3, with Takaaki Nakagami and Alvaro Bautista crashing through the fast left-hander. The former fell again at the end of the session, though this time two turns later at the Loop.

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 2m01.866s
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.027s
3 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.181s
4 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 0.210s
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 0.222s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.222s
7 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 0.455s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.485s
9 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.684s
10 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 0.693s
11 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 0.774s
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1.074s
13 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1.242s
14 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1.331s
15 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1.616s
16 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1.627s
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1.835s
18 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1.836s
19 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1.947s
20 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 2.024s
21 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 2.066s
22 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 2.369s
23 Loris Baz KTM KTM 2.450s
24 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 3.211s

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