Teruel MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP3, all Ducatis miss Q2

Franco Morbidelli led a tight third MotoGP practice for the Teruel Grand Prix as all Ducati runners fall into Q1 for the second week in a row.

Teruel MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP3, all Ducatis miss Q2
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Not even four tenths covered the direct Q2 graduates at the end of FP3 in the top 10, with Petronas SRT’s Morbidelli leading the pack by 0.059 seconds with a 1m47.333s posted at the death.

Improvements on the combined timesheets were typically minimal in the early stages of FP3, with Morbidelli the most notable improver up to eighth from 15th with a 1m48.233s.

The factory Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso did find time on their Friday bests, but remained 16th and 18th on the timesheets following a dismal Friday.

With half the 45-minute session gone, Morbidelli’s SRT teammate Fabio Quartararo went fastest on the individual timesheet with a 1m48.171s, before finally deposing Nakagami’s Friday best with a 1m47.401s. 

Quartararo, just as he did on Friday, spent a handful of laps at the start of the session shadowing title rival Joan Mir on the Suzuki having spotted on Friday where the Yamaha was losing out to the GSX-RR.  

Nakagami’s first time attack lap put him to within 0.009s of Quartararo’s lap, before his second effort on the 2019 Honda put him top of the pile with a 1m47.392s.

As the pace increased in the closing stages as the grid made their plays to gain direct access to the pole shootout session, Nakagami’s lap remained intact.

However, Morbidelli found time on his last lap to depose Nakagami by 0.059s, while Quartararo held onto third ahead of factory Yamaha counterpart Maverick Vinales.

Alex Marquez on the factory Honda leaped up to fifth late with a 1m47.546s to make his second appearance in Q2 this season, while fellow rookie Iker Lecuona led the KTM charge on the Tech 3 RC16.

Aragon GP race winner Alex Rins was the best Suzuki runner in seventh, with Miguel Oliveira ensuring both Tech 3 KTMs feature in Q2 this afternoon after the Austrian manufacturer made a breakthrough in set-up following a tough time last weekend. 

Cal Crutchlow was ninth on his LCR Honda, with championship leader Mir securing the final Q2 place by just 0.007s from Pramac’s Jack Miller.

Miller was the closest any Ducati rider got to escaping Q1 in FP3, with title contender Dovizioso only 14th as his tough weekend continues. 

He’ll be joined in Q1 by teammate Petrucci, who was 17th ahead of Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia, while factory KTM rider Pol Espargaro will also feature after a late mistake on his flying lap.

Avintia’s Johann Zarco brought up the rear of the field after crashing at Turn 9 in the closing stages. 

FP3 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.333  
2 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.392 0.059
3 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'47.401 0.068
4 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.473 0.140
5 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.546 0.213
6 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1'47.548 0.215
7 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1'47.554 0.221
8 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'47.625 0.292
9 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.708 0.375
10 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.715 0.382
11 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.739 0.406
12 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.742 0.409
13 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1'47.822 0.489
14 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.878 0.545
15 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1'48.023 0.690
16 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.025 0.692
17 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'48.096 0.763
18 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'48.134 0.801
19 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1'48.255 0.922
20 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'48.471 1.138
21 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.501 1.168
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