Marquez sets pace in FP3 on the Island

Daniel Herrero

Saturday 27th October, 2018 - 1:07pm

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Marc Marquez pic: MotoGP.com

Marc Marquez has gone fastest in the third MotoGP practice session at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, despite a fall.

The 2018 world champion rolled out a 1:29.714s in the final few minutes to bump Maverick Viñales back to second position, while Jack Miller ended up third.

Only Marquez, Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) found more time than their Friday efforts and even then, the combined top 10 remained exactly the same but for the addition of Hafizh Syahrin due to the withdrawal of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

As such, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Ducati Team substitute Alvaro Bautista remain on the outside and will have to start qualifying from Q1 this afternoon.

Viñales took up top spot with a 1:29.756s with 10 minutes to run despite his Movistar Yamaha breaking into a small rear slide exiting MG.

Marquez, on a new medium front/soft rear as opposed to Viñales’ soft front/hard rear, then snipped 0.025s from his Friday best to go fastest on Saturday.

It wasn’t a trouble-free session for the Spaniard, however, as his Repsol Honda folded the front at the Turn 4 Hairpin on an out lap earlier in the piece.

Andrea Iannone remains the fastest on combined times on his Suzuki Ecstar entry and was fourth-fastest in Free Practice 3, one position ahead of Rossi.

Rounding out the FP3 top 10 were Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM), Pedrosa, Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), Bautista, and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

Syahrin was moved up into the top 10 due to Crutchlow’s injury but he too had to visit the medical centre after a crash at Doohan Corner.

The Malaysian Tech3 Yamaha rider was, however, declared fit a short time later.

Mike Jones remains at the bottom of the field on combined times but found another 0.645s relative to his Friday times.

The afternoon’s MotoGP running starts with Free Practice 4 at 1530 local time/AEDT, then Qualifying 1 at 1610 and Qualifying 2 at 1635.

Combined Practice (FP1, FP2, FP3): Australian MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike FP1 FP2 FP3
1 29 A.IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:30.418 1:29.131 1:29.867
2 9 D.PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:30.027 1:29.291 1:31.205
3 25 M.VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:29.952 1:29.354 1:29.756
4 04 A.DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.121 1:29.406 1:30.580
5 5 J.ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.658 1:29.686 1:30.296
6 93 M.MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.384 1:29.739 1:29.714
7 43 J.MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:29.989 1:29.838 1:29.792
8 42 A.RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.207 1:29.918 1:30.830
9 46 V.ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:30.828 1:30.133 1:29.974
10 55 H.SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:30.956 1:30.179 1:31.655
11 44 P.ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:30.936 1:30.545 1:30.221
12 26 D.PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.984 1:30.472 1:30.259
13 38 B.SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.546 1:30.346 1:30.724
14 19 A.BAUTISTA ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.197 1:30.734 1:30.485
15 17 K.ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:30.772 1:31.166 1:30.720
16 41 A.ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.334 1:30.736 1:31.860
17 21 F.MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:31.670 1:30.787 1:31.047
18 30 T.NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:31.339 1:30.830 1:30.846
19 10 X.SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.013 1:31.275 1:30.973
20 12 T.LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:32.024 1:31.539 1:31.320
21 81 J.TORRES ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.793 1:31.570 1:32.045
22 45 S.REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:31.941 1:32.045 1:33.139
23 7 M.JONES AUS Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:35.012 1:33.633 1:32.988

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