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Mugello MotoGP: Marquez tops FP3, Vinales to Q1

Mugello MotoGP: Marquez tops FP3, Vinales to Q1

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez topped the third practice session with a new record lap at Mugello, as Yamaha's Maverick Vinales was consigned to Q1.

Andrea Iannone, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Jack Miller, Pramac Racing
Maverick Viñales, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team

Vinales had ended Friday's running second-fastest, but could not improve on his laptime in FP3 and was knocked out of the combined-classification top 10 at the death.

Having convincingly topped both of Friday's sessions, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was into the lead once more six minutes into FP3 and concluded his first run two tenths clear of LCR's Cal Crutchlow.

Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci soon edged a few hundredths closer to Iannone's 1m47.236s effort, and remained in the runner-up spot until teammate Jack Miller, who had crashed at the Correntaio right-hander earlier in the session, improved to just 0.066s off the Suzuki man's pace.

As late-session soft-tyre time attacks kicked off, Iannone was finally deposed by compatriot Valentino Rossi, the Yamaha rider dipping below the 1m47s mark.

Shortly thereafter, Honda rider Marquez fired in the best lap of the weekend so far, eclipsing Iannone's Friday benchmark with a 1m46.439s.

His lap also surpassed the pole record, which had likewise been set by Iannone, on a Ducati back in 2015.

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo improved to second place behind Marquez, before being relegated to third by Rossi at the chequered flag, as the Yamaha man wound up 0.336s slower than the Spaniard.

Iannone ended the session in fourth, ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, Petrucci and Crutchlow.

Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli followed Marquez throughout the Spaniard's pace-setting lap and managed to book his first Q2 appearance as a result, finishing eighth in FP3.

Iannone's Suzuki teammate Alex Rins stunned Vinales at the chequered flag by snatching ninth place and securing a Q2 berth, while Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso also advanced from 10th.

Miller and Honda's Dani Pedrosa are the other frequent frontrunners who will be joining Vinales in Q1.

Session results

1 93 spain Marc Marquez Honda 20 1'46.439  
2 46 italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 20 1'46.775 0.336
3 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 17 1'46.782 0.343
4 29 italy Andrea Iannone Suzuki 19 1'46.790 0.351
5 5 france Johann Zarco Yamaha 18 1'46.863 0.424
6 9 italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 18 1'46.946 0.507
7 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 18 1'46.946 0.507
8 21 italy Franco Morbidelli Honda 17 1'46.987 0.548
9 42 spain Alex Rins Suzuki 18 1'47.056 0.617
10 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 16 1'47.086 0.647
11 43 australia Jack Miller Ducati 16 1'47.134 0.695
12 26 spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 19 1'47.227 0.788
13 41 spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 16 1'47.248 0.809
14 25 spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 21 1'47.249 0.810
15 30 japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 21 1'47.257 0.818
16 55 malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 15 1'47.269 0.830
17 53 spain Tito Rabat Ducati 22 1'47.460 1.021
18 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham Ducati 18 1'48.019 1.580
19 44 spain Pol Espargaro KTM 18 1'48.093 1.654
20 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 16 1'48.148 1.709
21 19 spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 19 1'48.194 1.755
22 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith KTM 17 1'48.534 2.095
23 12 switzerland Thomas Luthi Honda 19 1'48.799 2.360
24 10 belgium Xavier Simeon Ducati 19 1'49.224 2.785
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