Silverstone MotoGP: Zarco late lap seals fastest third practice time

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco topped third free practice for MotoGP's British Grand Prix, with track conditions meaning the automatic Q2 qualifiers were unchanged from Friday

Silverstone MotoGP: Zarco late lap seals fastest third practice time

The 45-minute session started in slightly damp conditions, although riders quickly headed out on slicks as Valentino Rossi moved into top spot.

Twenty-five minutes in Honda's Marc Marquez hit the front but, with track temperatures close to half what they were at their peak yesterday and the pace improving throughout the session, it wasn't until the final minutes that riders set their quickest times.

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, fastest yesterday, went quickest with seven minutes remaining at the start of a flurry of improvements.

Marquez and Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci both briefly went fastest before Zarco went moved to the front with a 2m01.762s, which lifted him from eighth in the combined practice classification to seventh.

Zarco then improved again, posting a 2m01.734s to make sure of ending the session fastest, although this did not improve his overall position.

Maverick Vinales put his Yamaha second, 0.143s slower than Zarco, late on, with Jonas Folger putting the second Tech 3 Yamaha into third place.

Folger was one of the few riders to improve his position in the combined classification, although it was only good enough to move him up to 13th.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was fourth ahead of Petrucci and Crutchlow, with Marquez shuffled down to seventh at the end ahead of KTM's Pol Espargaro.

Dani Pedrosa was ninth fastest, but the Honda rider did not improve his time from Friday practice and is the highest-profile rider to miss out on automatic Q2 qualification.

Scott Redding was tenth, just ahead of Rossi, with the Pramac rider holding onto his place in the top 10 of combined classification despite not improving.

The third and final rider to improve his overall practice time was KTM's Bradley Smith, who moved from 23rd to 22nd with a 2m03.167s lap to jump Aprilia's Sam Lowes in the combined classification.

Aprilia rider Aleix Esparagro, who was struggling with a pinched ligament yesterday that made riding uncomfortable, did not run but has made it to Q2 with the fourth fastest time overall.

FP3 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 2m01.734s -
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 2m01.877s 0.143s
3 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 2m02.088s 0.354s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m02.208s 0.474s
5 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 2m02.287s 0.553s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m02.318s 0.584s
7 Marc Marquez Honda 2m02.513s 0.779s
8 Pol Espargaro KTM 2m02.530s 0.796s
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m02.602s 0.868s
10 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 2m02.818s 1.084s
11 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m02.852s 1.118s
12 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 2m02.871s 1.137s
13 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2m02.946s 1.212s
14 Alex Rins Suzuki 2m02.965s 1.231s
15 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 2m03.029s 1.295s
16 Bradley Smith KTM 2m03.187s 1.453s
17 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 2m03.352s 1.618s
18 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2m03.362s 1.628s
19 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 2m03.757s 2.023s
20 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 2m03.798s 2.064s
21 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 2m03.919s 2.185s
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 2m04.242s 2.508s


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