Marquez back on top in Argentina MotoGP FP3

Reigning champion Marc Marquez jumped into top spot in third practice at Termas de Rio Hondo, ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

Marquez back on top in Argentina MotoGP FP3
Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team Honda

Marquez returned to his familiar spot atop the time sheets, the facory Honda rider setting a best lap of 1m38.602s to guarantee himself a spot in second qualifying.

Crutchlow was a close second on the LCR Honda, while Aleix Espargaro, who topped both of the previous sessions, continued to impress by setting the third fastest time, 0.174s slower than Marquez.

A number of riders were bumped out of automatic qualification for Q2, but the factory Ducati bikes of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso wer not among them, the Italian duo sitting in fourth and fifth respectively ahead of factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi also made it into Q2 with the seventh best lap, the championship leader leading Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci and the second Suzuki of Maverick Vinales.

Marc VDS rider Scott Redding ended up in 10th, while Pol Espargaro was lucky to snatch an automatic Q2 place with the Tech 3 rider 11th. Taking the final Q2 spot was the Open Class Aspar machine of Eugene Laverty.

FP3 Results:

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
Marc Marquez Honda 1m38.602
Cal Crutchlow Honda 0.056
Andrea Iannone Ducati 0.189
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.216
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 0.317
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.350
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.417
Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.595
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 0.651
10  Scott Redding Honda 0.710
11  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 0.724
12  Eugene Laverty Honda 0.760
13  Bradley Smith Yamaha 0.869
14  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1.126
15  Nicky Hayden Honda 1.160
16  Hector Barbera Ducati 1.192
17  Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1.210
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1.336
19  Jack Miller Honda 1.397
20  Karel Abraham Honda 1.533
21  Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1.586
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1.653
23  Marco Melandri Aprilia 1.930
24  Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2.203
25  Alex de Angelis ART 2.963
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