Valencia MotoGP: Andrea Iannone quickest in third practice

Ducati's Andrea Iannone edged out Valentino Rossi to set the pace in practice three for MotoGP's Valencia Grand Prix, with Jorge Lorenzo in fifth place

Valencia MotoGP: Andrea Iannone quickest in third practice

Lorenzo was the only rider who could not improve on his Friday time in the Saturday morning session, although he had been set to do so before being baulked by Ducati's extra rider, Michele Pirro.

Rossi lived up to his promise to continue working on outright pace as normal despite being consigned to the back-of-the-grid start, and was in the thick of the battle at the front of the field with Marc Marquez when the session ramped up after a low-key start.

Ultimately, both Marquez and Rossi were upstaged by Iannone's late 1m30.925s lap, and though Rossi found more pace on his final run, he fell 0.063 seconds short of his compatriot's time.

Marquez ended up third, but produced a very consistent and rapid longer run and had been the pacesetter in the first part of the session.

After a quiet Friday, Bradley Smith surged up the standings to fourth in the session, which confirmed his participation in Q2 later today.

Lorenzo and Honda's second rider Dani Pedrosa completed the top six, both within two tenths of pacesetter Iannone.

The Suzuki riders will be the main contenders in Q1, both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were unable to break into the top 10 as Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci held on to the final guaranteed Q2 spot.

On his final weekend in MotoGP before heading to World Superbikes, Nicky Hayden had a minor incident on his first run but quickly rejoined.

Aprilia rider Alvaro Bautista also stopped on track in the opening minutes.

FP3 results:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m30.925s 22
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.063s 22
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.109s 20
4 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 0.209s 21
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 0.221s 17
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 0.238s 23
7 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 0.239s 18
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.422s 17
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.442s 21
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 0.598s 21
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 0.681s 19
12 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 0.770s 16
13 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 0.899s 19
14 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1.108s 19
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.177s 21
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1.179s 18
17 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1.181s 19
18 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1.302s 20
19 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1.480s 19
20 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1.506s 18
21 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1.525s 17
22 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1.631s 18
23 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1.838s 20
24 Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2.008s 21
25 Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 2.405s 19
26 Broc Parkes IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 3.214s 17


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