Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3

  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez
  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo
  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl
  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 Ducati Team Nicky Hayden
  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez
  • Laguna Seca MotoGP | Marquez Leads Rossi in Free Practice 3 Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi

2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Free Practice 3 Results

Although Marc Marquez had limited experience aboard a prototype at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – a day, actually – he ended up leading the third free practice Saturday afternoon.

The Repsol Honda rider, who was also quickest on Friday during his debut at Laguna Seca, posted a 1:21.568 around the 2.243-mile circuit, the shortest on the 2013 MotoGP schedule.

Marquez was followed 0.184 of a second back by Assen MotoGP winner, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, and a further 0.391 back by LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl.

As for Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard continues to recover from injuring his collarbone at practice for Sachsenring last weekend. The RC213V rider opted out of FP3, and for the first time in 2013 MotoGP will have to ride in the Qualifying 1 instead of in Qualifying 2 (top 10 riders throughout the first three free practices, and the top two from Qualifying 1).

As for Rossi’s teammate, two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Yamaha rider also continues to recover from surgery he had on surgery following a nasty high-side at Sachsenring, which he was forced to miss. During that wreck, Lorenzo upset his shoulder which he broke at Assen two weeks earlier.

But Lorenzo battled through the pain, finishing seventh quickest at FP3, 0.722 behind Marquez.

Further up front, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow took the fourth- and fifth-place positions, and were followed by the top Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo was next, followed by Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden in eighth; Hayden was 0.936 of a second behind Marquez, and the final rider to post within a second of the rookie and current points leader.

Rounding out the top 10 were Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro who once again set the pace for the CRT field, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith.

There was immense disappointment for Blake Young, as the American wildcard rider withdrew from the event after damaging his Attack Performance Racing APR frame on Friday; with his only bike left irreparable this weekend, he will be back in action at Indianapolis.

Following Free Practice 4, which has no bearing on the running order for Qualifying, the 15-minute Qualifying 1 for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix will start at 2:10 p.m. PDT.

Photos by Ara Ashjian

2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP Free Practice 3 Results:

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 263.6 1’21.568
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 267.5 1’21.752 0.184 / 0.184
3 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 265.4 1’21.959 0.391 / 0.207
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 269.1 1’22.085 0.517 / 0.126
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 262.5 1’22.187 0.619 / 0.102
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 264.4 1’22.226 0.658 / 0.039
7 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 261.7 1’22.290 0.722 / 0.064
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 263.6 1’22.504 0.936 / 0.214
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 257.6 1’22.733 1.165 / 0.229
10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 256.4 1’22.812 1.244 / 0.079
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 253.1 1’23.269 1.701 / 0.457
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 258.1 1’23.616 2.048 / 0.347
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 254.7 1’24.057 2.489 / 0.441
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 256.4 1’24.108 2.540 / 0.051
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 257.6 1’24.460 2.892 / 0.352
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 253.9 1’24.618 3.050 / 0.158
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 250.6 1’24.670 3.102 / 0.052
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 256.4 1’24.761 3.193 / 0.091
19 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 256.5 1’24.895 3.327 / 0.134
20 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 251.8 1’24.946 3.378 / 0.051
21 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 248.3 1’25.220 3.652 / 0.274
22 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 236.9 1’26.979 5.411 / 1.759
26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

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