Silverstone MotoGP: Marquez beats Vinales to fastest time in FP3

Marc Marquez edged out Maverick Vinales by three thousandths of a second to top the third MotoGP practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Silverstone MotoGP: Marquez beats Vinales to fastest time in FP3

Suzuki rider Vinales led for much of the session, and had just reclaimed top spot back from Cal Crutchlow with two minutes remaining when Marquez posted a 2m00.944s lap on his Honda - becoming the first rider to dip below the 2m01s mark this weekend.

Vinales went on another flyer at the very end of the session and fell just 0.003s short of matching Marquez's time.

Friday pacesetter Andrea Iannone crashed at Farm inside the final 10 minutes but was able to return on his spare Ducati and beat the home favourite Crutchlow to third place at the chequered flag.

Jorge Lorenzo took fifth as the leading Yamaha, while Scott Redding was a strong sixth on his Pramac Ducati in front of factory rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi were both outside of the combined top 10 - and a guaranteed place in Q2 - as the chequered flag came out, but managed to squeeze in in eighth and 10th respectively, split by Aleix Espargaro.

Pol Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci were the best of those who will have to go through Q1. Alex Lowes, making his debut in place of the injured Bradley Smith, was 16th.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 2m00.944s 15
2 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.003s 16
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.116s 15
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.297s 15
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.562s 17
6 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 0.618s 16
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.715s 16
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.830s 16
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.897s 15
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.109s 17
11 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1.219s 18
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.256s 16
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1.911s 14
14 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 2.000s 13
15 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 2.064s 14
16 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 2.137s 16
17 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2.295s 15
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2.680s 14
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2.859s 13
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 3.154s 15
21 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 3.242s 16

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