Aragon MotoGP: Marquez edges Lorenzo for third practice honours

Marc Marquez ended Jorge Lorenzo's run of dominance at Aragon by setting the quickest lap of the weekend so far by just over a tenth of a second in third practice.

The reigning MotoGP champion was quickest out of the blocks, setting what would prove to be the benchmark time early in the session - a 1m47.380s.

That was 0.137s faster than Lorenzo's best Friday time, the Yamaha rider not improving in FP3 as he opted to focus on longer runs, circulating in the mid-1m48s for much of the session.

Lorenzo's best time of the session was a 1m47.775s, putting him behind Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi for the day - although he stayed second in the combined classification.

Pedrosa and Rossi were both late improvers, lapping with 0.283s and 0.312s of pacesetter Marquez respectively in the final five minutes of the session.

Meanwhile, Andrea Iannone hauled himself inside the top five with a final effort of 1m47.786s, which put him half a second clear of top satellite rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Tech 3 Yamaha duo Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro both failed to improve on their times from Friday, dropping to seventh and eighth in the overall standings, the former suffering a crash at Turn 5 before resuming on his spare bike.

Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro, both on Suzukis, assured themselves of automatic Q2 berths, meaning Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, as well as Scott Redding's Marc VDS Honda, will have to fight his way through Q1.

Vinales recovered from a low-side crash at Turn 2 to book his Q2 spot, with Jack Miller (LCR Honda) and Loris Baz (Forward Racing) also falling at the same corner, the latter failing to set a time at all.

Practice results (session only):

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap
Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.380  
Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'47.663 0.283
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.692 0.312
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'47.775 0.395
Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'47.786 0.406
Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.257 0.877
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'48.449 1.069
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'48.449 1.069
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'48.589 1.209
10  Scott Redding Honda 1'48.615 1.235
11  Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'48.839 1.459
12  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'48.900 1.520
13  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'49.112 1.732
14  Nicky Hayden Honda 1'49.237 1.857
15  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'49.238 1.858
16  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'49.464 2.084
17  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'49.581 2.201
18  Jack Miller Honda 1'49.726 2.346
19  Hector Barbera Ducati 1'49.890 2.510
20  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'50.181 2.801
21  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'50.485 3.105
22  Karel Abraham Honda 1'51.292 3.912
23  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'51.312 3.932
24  Toni Elias Yamaha Forward 1'51.561 4.181

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Series MotoGP
Event Aragon GP
Track Motorland Aragon
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report