2013 Qatar MotoGP FP3 | Honda’s Marquez Fastest Again

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda344.21’56.084
299Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha341.01’56.0850.001 / 0.001
335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha337.51’56.3260.242 / 0.241
446Valentino ROSSIITAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha340.21’56.4160.332 / 0.090
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati343.01’56.4170.333 / 0.001
626Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda344.41’56.5020.418 / 0.085
719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda GresiniHonda341.01’56.5720.488 / 0.070
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati340.21’56.6700.586 / 0.098
938Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha332.61’56.9010.817 / 0.231
106Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda343.01’56.9840.900 / 0.083
1129Andrea IANNONEITAEnergy T.I. Pramac RacingDucati342.21’57.1691.085 / 0.185
1211Ben SPIESUSAIgnite Pramac RacingDucati341.21’57.3081.224 / 0.139
1341Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART325.21’57.4201.336 / 0.112
148Hector BARBERASPAAvintia BlusensFTR320.71’57.9561.872 / 0.536
1568Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPaul Bird MotorsportART320.71’58.2112.127 / 0.255
1614Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART324.21’58.3962.312 / 0.185
175Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki320.81’58.8632.779 / 0.467
1817Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingART318.21’59.1803.096 / 0.317
197Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensFTR318.31’59.2123.128 / 0.032
209Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter321.21’59.7553.671 / 0.543
2167Bryan STARINGAUSGO&FUN Honda GresiniFTR Honda322.81’59.7583.674 / 0.003
2252Lukas PESEKCZECame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter317.81’59.8373.753 / 0.079
2370Michael LAVERTYGBRPaul Bird MotorsportPBM317.12’00.0803.996 / 0.243
2471Claudio CORTIITANGM Mobile Forward RacingFTR Kawasaki317.82’00.4394.355 / 0.359