Spanish MotoGP: Quartararo sets new lap record to lead Jerez FP3 as Rins misses Q2

Fabio Quartararo set a new lap record in MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix FP3 to lead the session by 0.052 seconds, while Alex Rins missed the Q2 qualifying cut

Spanish MotoGP: Quartararo sets new lap record to lead Jerez FP3 as Rins misses Q2

The cooler track conditions relative to FP2 meant several riders improved on combined times almost immediately, with Suzuki's Alex Rins taking over top spot in FP3 with a 1m38.309s putting him fifth overall.

Around 10 minutes after Rins set his lap, Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller took over top spot on the individual FP3 timesheet with a 1m37.375s, which moved him into third on the combined times.

The first major improvement came from Joan Mir on the sister Suzuki, who fired in a 1m37.333s to better Marc Marquez's best time from Friday's running.

Mir's run at the top of the standings was short-lived, however, as Quartararo took over with a 1m37.182s with just over 20 minutes to go.

The Petronas SRT rider - who said on Friday that the 2020 Yamaha is not as easy to ride as its predecessor - proceeded to dip underneath his outright lap record set last year in qualifying with a 1m36.806s.

PLUS: Will past MotoGP demons haunt Yamaha at Jerez?

Quartararo's laptime came under threat in the closing stages, with Mir getting to within 0.102s on his final effort.

Miller posed the biggest danger to Quartararo's time, but would miss out by just 0.052s with his 1m36.858s in second spot.

Reigning world champion Marquez was fourth on the Honda, though may find himself under investigation by race direction after appearing to impede Rins late in the session.

Maverick Vinales rounded out the top five on his works team Yamaha, with Crutchlow heading Franco Morbidelli on the second SRT M1 and a late-improving Valentino Rossi, who said after Friday he was "never fast" in practice.

Francesco Bagnaia clung onto a direct spot in Q2 in ninth on his Pramac Ducati, with Andrea Dovizioso sneaking into 10th at the death by 0.038s to push KTM's Pol Espargaro into Q1.

The surprise scalp in FP3 was Rins, who was shuffled out of the Q2 places into 12th in the end, with the Suzuki rider edging ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Johann Zarco (Avintia).

Aleix Espargaro was top Aprilia runner in 17th, his woes in the slightly cooler conditions seemingly continuing.

Tech3 rookie Iker Lecuona was the only crasher, the Spaniard suffering a low-speed off at Turn 2 in the closing stages.

Spanish GP FP3 results:

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m36.806s
2 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 0.052s
3 Joan Mir Suzuki 0.102s
4 Marc Marquez Honda 0.223s
5 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.240s
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.293s
7 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 0.306s
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.324s
9 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 0.365s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.379s
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.417s
12 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.501s
13 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.557s
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 0.656s
15 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 0.823s
16 Brad Binder KTM 0.849s
17 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.895s
18 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 0.943s
19 Alex Marquez Honda 0.955s
20 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM 0.977s
21 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1.265s
22 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1.423s


shares
comments
Espargaro: Honda MotoGP chassis not much better than Aprilia's
Previous article

Espargaro: Honda MotoGP chassis not much better than Aprilia's

Next article

Lorenzo has "proposed himself" to Ducati for 2021 MotoGP season

Lorenzo has "proposed himself" to Ducati for 2021 MotoGP season
Load comments
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021