Argentina MotoGP: Marquez crashes but still tops third practice

Marc Marquez was the man to beat in the third practice session for the Argentina MotoGP race, hanging on at the top of the timesheets from Jorge Lorenzo despite suffering a late crash.

WIth track conditions improving compared to the first two sessions on Friday, it took no time at all for factory Honda rider Marquez to break through the benchmark he had set in FP2, recording a 1m40.899s on only his second flying lap.

The two-time champion followed that up with a succession of improvements, working his way down to a 1m40.529s with just under 20 minutes remaining before improving to a 1m40.368s.

In the last 10 minutes, Marquez lost the front end of his factory Honda RC213V at Turn 1, ending up in the gravel - promptly dashing back to the pits to use the spare bike, but failing to improve thereafter.

Lorenzo, who had ended a miserable Friday down in 14th, came closest to deposing Marquez, setting a number of overall best third sector times only to lose ground in the last sector.

In the end, the Yamaha rider finished just 0.024s adrift, three tenths clear of the factory Ducati of Andrea Iannone in third place.

A late improvement for Hector Barbera promoted the Avintia Ducati rider to a surprise fourth place, just under four tenths adrift, ahead of Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and a somewhat off-colour Valentino Rossi on the slower of the factory Yamahas completed the top 10, all sealing automatic spots in Q2.

Marc VDS rider Jack Miller, fourth on Friday, just missed out on a place in Q2 in 11th, and will have to fight his way through the first qualifying session along with the Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.

Scott Redding had a tough time aboard the Pramac Ducati, ending the session down in 17th, two places behind teammate Michele Pirro - who only arrived on Friday afternoon and missed both FP1 and FP2.

Practice results:

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGap
1 SpainMarc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:40.368  
2 SpainJorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 1:40.392 +0.024
3 ItalyAndrea Iannone  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:40.741 +0.373
4 SpainHector Barbera  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:40.766 +0.398
5 SpainMaverick Vinales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.796 +0.428
6 SpainDani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:40.807 +0.439
7 SpainAleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.893 +0.525
8 United KingdomCal Crutchlow  Team LCR Honda RC213V 1:40.929 +0.561
9 ItalyAndrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 1:41.040 +0.672
10 ItalyValentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 1:41.101 +0.733
11 AustraliaJack Miller  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:41.145 +0.777
12 SpainPol Espargaro  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:41.171 +0.803
13 United KingdomBradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 1:41.246 +0.878
14 FranceLoris Baz  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:41.359 +0.991
15 ItalyMichele Pirro  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:41.379 +1.011
16 SpainAlvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:41.679 +1.311
17 United KingdomScott Redding  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 1:41.726 +1.358
18 SpainTito Rabat  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 1:41.798 +1.430
19 GermanyStefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 1:41.909 +1.541
20 ColombiaYonny Hernandez  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:41.924 +1.556
21 IrelandEugene Laverty  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 1:42.106 +1.738

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Series MotoGP
Event Argentinian GP
Track Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report