Lorenzo dominates third MotoGP free practice session at Jerez

Jorge Lorenzo continued his domination of this weekend’s MotoGP round at Jerez with a late surge to the top of the timesheets in third practice.

Having topped both of Friday’s sessions, Lorenzo once again dominated, the factory Yamaha rider setting an untouchable best lap of 1m38.493s amid a late flurry of improvements near the end of the session.

The first of these came from Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi, who beat the long-standing benchmark of Honda’s Marc Marquez to go fastest before immediately being beaten by Tech 3 man Pol Espargaro, whose 1m38.547s was still good enough for second behind Lorenzo.

Jumping to third in the closing stages was Cal Crutchlow aboard the LCR Honda, who ended up just 0.082s off the pace and looked set to improve further on the following lap before he backed off.

Suzuki is enjoying a more level playing field this weekend due to the nature of the Jerez circuit, and Aleix Espargaro took full advantage on the GSX-RR machine with the fourth-best lap of 1m38.653s.

Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took fifth place, one place ahead of championship leader Rossi who made better progress on his factory YZR-M1 to end in sixth.

Marquez was close behind in seventh, despite his hand injury, booking his place in the second phase of qualifying ahead of Andrea Iannone, who continued to threaten the top riders on the Ducati GP15.

British riders Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Scott Redding (Marc VDS Honda) rounded off the top 10, securing their Q2 spots at the expense of Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales and the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, both of which had been inside the top 10 for much of the session.

Practice results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m38.493
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.054
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.082
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.160
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.235
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.274
Marc Marquez Honda 0.367
Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.383
Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.431
10  Scott Redding Honda 0.658
11  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.703
12  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.736
13  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 0.819
14  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.089
15  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.231
16  Karel Abraham Honda 1.331
17  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1.347
18  Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1.389
19  Eugene Laverty Honda 1.595
20  Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1.656
21  Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1.861
22  Jack Miller Honda 1.993
23  Nicky Hayden Honda 2.006
24  Alex de Angelis ART 2.556
25  Marco Melandri Aprilia 2.940

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Series MotoGP
Event Spanish GP
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Scott Redding , Aleix Espargaro , Marc Marquez , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone
Article type Practice report
Tags ducati, honda, lcr honda, tech 3, yamaha