2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda’s Marquez Fastest Again

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  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa
  • 2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda's Marquez Fastest Again Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow

2013 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 3 Results

Following a dominating performance in Free Practice 2 under the floodlights at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez once again proved his speed Friday by leading the third and final free practice session.

The MotoGP rookie and reigning Moto2 Champion posted a quickest lap of 1:56.084 in the final laps of the 45-minute practice session, giving him a clear shot at qualifying for the pole on Saturday. Also, due to the new qualifying regulations, Marquez and the top 10 riders of all three free practices combined with move into Q2 along with the two fastest riders in Q1. There will be a Free Practice 4 ahead of qualifying Saturday, but it doesn’t count towards qualifying placement (either Q1 or Q2); instead, it’s for final tweaks on the MotoGP bikes.

Under drying track conditions, Marquez beat his Spanish compatriot Jorge Lorenzo to the line by a mere 0.001 of a second, Marquez’s RC213V having just that little extra over the YZR-M1, which dominated the first free practice.

Third fastest was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, the Brit 0.242 of a second behind Marquez. Crutchlow also beat Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi by 0.090 of a second to secure third.

The top Ducati was once again the factory GP13 piloted by Andrea Dovizioso, who was quickest of all Ducati riders in all three practice sessions. Sixth went to Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who struggled with grip throughout free practice.

The seventh fastest rider was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who finished 0.488 of a second behind Marquez, and 0.098 of a second ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden. As the battle ensued to push riders out of the top 10 to enter Qualifying 2, the British rookie Bradley Smith aboard the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha taking the ninth fastest time, followed by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who was the final rider to post within a second of Marquez.

The two satellite Ducati GP13s, which receive factory backing this year, were next, with Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone leading ahead of Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies, the American 1.224 second behind Marquez.

And once again taking top CRT honors was Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró. The Spaniard was 1.336 seconds behind Marquez, showing that the bikes are becoming a bit more competitive with the new ECUs.

The first of two qualifying sessions gets underway for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar at 8:35 p.m. local time Saturday.

2013 Qatar MotoGP Free Practice 3 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.2 1’56.084
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 341.0 1’56.085 0.001 / 0.001
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 337.5 1’56.326 0.242 / 0.241
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 340.2 1’56.416 0.332 / 0.090
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 343.0 1’56.417 0.333 / 0.001
6 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.4 1’56.502 0.418 / 0.085
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 341.0 1’56.572 0.488 / 0.070
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 340.2 1’56.670 0.586 / 0.098
9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 332.6 1’56.901 0.817 / 0.231
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 343.0 1’56.984 0.900 / 0.083
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 342.2 1’57.169 1.085 / 0.185
12 11 Ben SPIES USA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 341.2 1’57.308 1.224 / 0.139
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 325.2 1’57.420 1.336 / 0.112
14 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 320.7 1’57.956 1.872 / 0.536
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 320.7 1’58.211 2.127 / 0.255
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 324.2 1’58.396 2.312 / 0.185
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 320.8 1’58.863 2.779 / 0.467
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 318.2 1’59.180 3.096 / 0.317
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 318.3 1’59.212 3.128 / 0.032
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 321.2 1’59.755 3.671 / 0.543
21 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 322.8 1’59.758 3.674 / 0.003
22 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 317.8 1’59.837 3.753 / 0.079
23 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 317.1 2’00.080 3.996 / 0.243
24 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 317.8 2’00.439 4.355 / 0.359

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