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Assen MotoGP: Quartararo breaks lap record, Rossi 14th

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Assen MotoGP: Quartararo breaks lap record, Rossi 14th
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Fabio Quartararo led MotoGP's FP3 at the Dutch TT by 0.109s with a new lap record, while Yamaha stablemate Valentino Rossi missed out on an automatic Q2 spot after his best lap was cancelled.

Rossi lifted himself into Q2 contention with a 1m32.881s to go fifth at the end of FP3, but had that lap scrubbed for exceeding track limits at the last corner and was dropped to 14th as a result.

Teammate Maverick Vinales and Petronas Yamaha's Quartararo traded top spot on the individual FP3 timesheet in the early stages, with the works Yamaha rider prevailing to set the pace with a 1m33.260s.

For much of the session, only Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, Tito Rabat on the Avintia Ducati and Tech3's Hafizh Syahrin had improved on the combined times.

LCR's Cal Crutchlow was the first significant mover, as he guided his Honda into a provisional Q2 place in seventh, while Quartararo cemented second with a 1m32.807s.

With just over nine minutes remaining, Danilo Petrucci shot to the top of the order with a record lap of 1m32.580s on his Ducati, which looked like it would remain unchallenged through as the chequered flag fell.

However, Quartararo began to light up the timing screens, and produced a 1m32.471s to usurp Petrucci.

The Ducati rider held onto second, with Marc Marquez third on the works Honda ahead of LCR counterpart Takaaki Nakagami.

Vinales was fifth in the session, but held onto third on the combined times by virtue of his 1m32.638s lap set in FP2.

Franco Morbidelli shadowed Vinales on the second SIC Yamaha, with Jack Miller (Pramac) heading Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Crutchlow and Suzuki's Joan Mir, who was elevated to a Q2 place courtesy of Rossi's cancelled lap.

Rossi will be joined in Q1 by Suzuki's Alex Rins, alongside the Aprilia duo of Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro, and Pramac's Francesco Bagnaia.

KTM's Pol Espargaro had to go to hospital following Friday's sessions after experiencing pain in the hand he injured in a heavy crash during the Barcelona test two weeks ago.

He was cleared to continue, and will join the aforementioned in the first part of qualifying this afternoon.

Session results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 19 1'32.471
2 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 18 1'32.580 0.109
3 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 23 1'32.688 0.217
4 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 21 1'32.890 0.419
5 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 22 1'32.910 0.439
6 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 23 1'32.913 0.442
7 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 19 1'32.918 0.447
8 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 22 1'32.922 0.451
9 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 20 1'32.956 0.485
10 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 21 1'33.068 0.597
11 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 20 1'33.138 0.667
12 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 21 1'33.205 0.734
13 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 19 1'33.228 0.757
14 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 22 1'33.279 0.808
15 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 18 1'33.636 1.165
16 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 18 1'33.868 1.397
17 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 21 1'33.962 1.491
18 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 20 1'34.257 1.786
19 France Johann Zarco
KTM 17 1'34.258 1.787
20 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 21 1'34.326 1.855
21 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 16 1'35.136 2.665
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Series MotoGP
Event Dutch TT
Sub-event FP3
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Fabio Quartararo
Teams SIC Racing Team
Author Lewis Duncan