Sepang MotoGP: Lorenzo beats Marquez in FP3, Rossi fourth

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo scorched his way to fastest time in the third practice session for the Malaysian MotoGP round at Sepang, but had Honda's Marc Marquez 0.111s behind.

Lorenzo, who is 11 points behind his series-leading teammate Valentino Rossi, produced a storming lap around the hazy Sepang venue to top the works Hondas of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi was fourth, 0.709s off the pace.

Story of the session

Lorenzo, who was fastest on Friday on 2m00.246s, lowered the bar to 2m00.198s on his third flying lap. Marquez went P2 on 2m00.254s, just 0.056s off Lorenzo.

Rossi rose to fifth on 2m00.649s on his first run, then to fourth on 2m00.472s on the first lap of his second outing. He improved again to 2m00.360s but stayed fourth, 0.162s off Lorenzo’s pace.

On his final run, Lorenzo recorded the first sub-two minute lap of the weekend, an eye-watering 1m59.544s, extending his advantage to 0.71s.

Pedrosa, who didn’t improve on his Friday time on his first couple of runs, regained his second place in the closing moments of the session on 1m59.983s. Marquez then went even quicker on 1m59.655s, to end the session just a tenth off Lorenzo's fastest time.

Hector Barbera leapt to an impressive fourth on his Open Class Ducati on 2m00.332s, but was beaten on his final lap by Rossi on 2m00.253s. Barbera stayed fifth.

Cal Crutchlow jumped to sixth with a late quick lap on his LCR Honda, ahead of Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro. Ducati’s Andrea Iannone too didn’t beat his Friday time – one of the few frontrunners not to do so and ended the session with a technical failure.

Iannone's teammate Andrea Dovizioso along with Pol Espargaro’s Tech 3 Yamaha and Suzuki's Maverick Vinales made it through to the automatic Q2 places.

Missing out were Iannone and Bradley Smith, who were 11th and 12th and will hope to progress through Q1 later.

The only shunt of the session was Danilo Petrucci, who crashed at Turn 7, losing the front end of his Pramac Ducati, but he trudged away unharmed.

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeGap
1  Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.544  
2  Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.655 0.111
3  Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.983 0.439
4  Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.253 0.709
5  Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2'00.332 0.788
6  Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 2'00.371 0.827
7  Aleix Espargaro Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2'00.482 0.938
8  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.604 1.060
9  Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.709 1.165
10  Maverick Vinales Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2'00.739 1.195
11  Andrea Iannone Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.783 1.239
12  Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.968 1.424
13  Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2'01.016 1.472
14  Scott Redding EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'01.086 1.542
15  Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'01.303 1.759
16  Nicky Hayden Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'01.318 1.774
17  Yonny Hernandez Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 2'01.557 2.013
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'01.742 2.198
19  Toni Elias Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2'01.923 2.379
20  Jack Miller LCR Honda Honda 2'02.057 2.513
21  Mike di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2'02.135 2.591
22  Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2'02.699 3.155
23  Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2'02.845 3.301
24  Anthony West AB Motoracing Honda 2'03.791 4.24
25  Damian Cudlin E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 2'07.639 8.095
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Series MotoGP
Event Malaysian GP
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report