Silverstone MotoGP: Quartararo leads Rossi in FP3

Fabio Quartararo smashed his own Silverstone MotoGP lap record to lead Valentino Rossi in third practice for the British Grand Prix by 0.146 seconds, while Andrea Dovizioso missed the Q2 cut.

Silverstone MotoGP: Quartararo leads Rossi in FP3

Marc Marquez set the initial pace in the third 45-minute session of the Silverstone weekend, going top initially with a 2m00.598s, which he improved to a 2m00.152s on his next tour.

He was briefly dislodged from top spot by home hero and Honda stablemate Cal Crutchlow, though Marquez would soon move the goalposts further with the first sub-two minute lap of the day, a 1m59.972s.

Marquez bettered this after 10 minutes to a 1m59.743s, though was once again deposed by LCR's Crutchlow, who was the first of the frontrunners to equip fresh soft rubber.

Crutchlow’s 1m59.184s, the fastest time of the weekend so far and the fastest-ever lap of Silverstone on a MotoGP bike, gave him an advantage of 0.559s over the field.

However, Friday pacesetter Quartararo soon fired in the first sub-1m59s lap at the circuit, moving 0.283s clear of Crutchlow with a 1m58.901s – which the Petronas SRT rider improved next time around to a 1m58.727s.

This came under minimal threat for most of the remainder of the session, though Rossi on the works Yamaha started to light up the timing screens in the closing moments.

The Italian briefly went top with a 1m58.693s, but Quartararo denied him at the death by 0.146s with a 1m58.547s, the new lap record.

Marquez moved back up to third late on, though some 0.366s off the pace, ahead of Pramac’s Jack Miller – who was forced to abandon one of his GP19s after it developed a technical issue on the run to Stowe 25 minutes into the session.

Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci was fifth fastest to book a spot in Q2, but teammate Dovizioso was unable to do the same and ended the session just over a tenth outside of the top 10 in 14th.

Crutchlow headed the sister Yamaha of Maverick Vinales, with the second Petronas bike of Franco Morbidelli, LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro – who will make his first Q2 appearance since May's French GP – completing the top 10.

Alex Rins will face the first qualifying segment alongside Dovizioso this afternoon, after the Suzuki rider missed out on a place by just 0.011s.

Jorge Lorenzo’s difficult return to action continued this morning, with the Honda rider failing to improve on 21st and only finding four tenths of laptime over his best Friday effort.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'58.547  
2 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'58.693 0.146
3 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1'58.913 0.366
4 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'59.003 0.456
5 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'59.034 0.487
6 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'59.184 0.637
7 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'59.298 0.751
8 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'59.421 0.874
9 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'59.480 0.933
10 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'59.529 0.982
11 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'59.540 0.993
12 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'59.626 1.079
13 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'59.725 1.178
14 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'59.740 1.193
15 5 France Johann Zarco KTM 1'59.847 1.30
16 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'59.904 1.357
17 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 2'00.530 1.983
18 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 2'00.911 2.364
19 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 2'00.958 2.411
20 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 2'01.168 2.621
21 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 2'02.478 3.931
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 2'02.629 4.082
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