Brno MotoGP: Rossi tops FP3, Vinales to Q1

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Brno MotoGP: Rossi tops FP3, Vinales to Q1
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Aug 4, 2018, 8:58 AM

Valentino Rossi set the pace in Saturday morning's third practice at for MotoGP's Czech Grand Prix, while Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales missed the automatic Q2 cut.

Rossi was in danger of having to take part in Q1 as he was only 11th when the chequered flag fell, but responded with a last-minute effort of 1m55.175s to end up on top.

Marquez quickly beat Dani Pedrosa’s Friday benchmark with a 1m55.637s at the start of the session, with LCR's Cal Crutchlow soon doing likewise moving up to second.

The Honda duo locking out the top two for most of the session, until Crutchlow edged out Marquez with 11 minutes remaining, which was followed by the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci going even quicker with a time of 1m55.369s.

Petrucci led for four minutes before his factory Ducati counterpart Jorge Lorenzo - sampling the new fairing first tried by Petrucci on Friday - moved ahead by 0.041s, but the Pramac rider fought back during the final minute.

However, Petrucci still had to settle for second thanks to Rossi's last-minute flyer, with Lorenzo also improving during the dying stages but staying third, ahead of Marquez.

Andrea Iannone was fifth in an otherwise disappointing session for Suzuki, as Alex Rins and wildcard Sylvain Guintoli were only 17th and 24th respectively.

Honda duo Pedrosa and Crutchlow were sixth and seventh, the latter ending the session with a crash at Turn 3.

Johann Zarco took eighth on the Tech 3 Yamaha, with Avintia Ducati’s Tito Rabat and the second factory GP18 of Andrea Dovizioso both making it to Q2 behind the Frenchman.

Vinales was best of the rest in 11th, missing out on the top 10 by 0.055s, followed by Aleix Espargaro's Aprilia.

Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 20th, 1.5s off the pace.

Takaaki Nakagami crashed at Turn 7 on the second LCR bike, while Tech 3's Hafizh Syahrin, who spent most of the session inside the top 10, fell at Turn 13 and ended up only 16th.

FP3 results:

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 46 Italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 1'55.175  
2 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 1'55.261 0.086
3 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 1'55.326 0.151
4 93 Spain Marc Marquez  Honda 1'55.458 0.283
5 29 Italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 1'55.499 0.324
6 26 Spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 1'55.517 0.342
7 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 1'55.617 0.442
8 5 France Johann Zarco  Yamaha 1'55.628 0.453
9 53 Spain Tito Rabat  Ducati 1'55.663 0.488
10 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati 1'55.721 0.546
11 25 Spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 1'55.776 0.601
12 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 1'55.810 0.635
13 43 Australia Jack Miller  Ducati 1'55.841 0.666
14 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 1'55.916 0.741
15 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli  Honda 1'55.933 0.758
16 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin  Yamaha 1'56.013 0.838
17 42 Spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'56.109 0.934
18 44 Spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 1'56.280 1.105
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 1'56.486 1.311
20 6 Germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 1'56.686 1.511
21 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  Aprilia 1'56.902 1.727
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 1'56.964 1.789
23 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami  Honda 1'57.008 1.833
24 50 France Sylvain Guintoli  Suzuki 1'57.204 2.029
25 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi  Honda 1'57.322 2.147
26 10 Belgium Xavier Simeon  Ducati 1'57.560 2.385
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