2014 Indianapolis MotoGP FP3 Result: Bradl Leaps To The Top

Stefan Bradl charged to the top of the timesheet Saturday with a 1'32.522 that left him a mere one-hundredth of a second clear of Valentino Rossi (2nd). Jorge Lorenzo set the third-fastest time, another eight-hundredths back.

Andrea Dovizioso, who lingered in the top five for much of the session, held on for fourth fastest and Pol Espargaro put down a quick final lap to drop the fifth-place rider into sixth. That sixth-place rider, championship leader Marc Marquez, wasn't able to improve much on his fast time from Friday. Andrea Iannone, who held second for much of FP3, was pushed into seventh followed by Bradley Smith (8th). Two-time Indy winner Dani Pedrosa settled into ninth with Aleix Espargaro rounding out the top 10.

The top 10 FP3 riders will head straight into Q2 later in the day to set the top 12 grid positions. The rest of the field will head into Q1. The two fastest riders from Q1 also then will head into Q2.

For much of the session -- in ideal conditions without a hint of rain -- Marquez led the field. Within the first 30 minutes, the young World Champion had improved on his blistering Friday pace.

But with four minutes left, the rest of the field began to make a charge.  First, Lorenzo jumped to the top of the timesheet, a position he held for a handful of seconds until Rossi leaped from seventh to first with a 1’32.538. Two minutes later, Bradl seized the top sopt with a 1'32.522. When Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro set fast laps at the session's end, Marquez found himself in unfamiliar territory in sixth.

The session was slowed briefly when Alvaro Bautista (12th) suffered a massive high-side at Turn 13 that catapauted him high into the air. He appeared shaken but not seriously injured.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'32.522  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.538 0.016 / 0.016
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'32.606 0.084 / 0.068
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.767 0.245 / 0.161
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'32.797 0.275 / 0.030
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.862 0.340 / 0.065
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'33.015 0.493 / 0.153
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'33.202 0.680 / 0.187
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.220 0.698 / 0.018
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'33.453 0.931 / 0.233
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.634 1.112 / 0.181
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'33.676 1.154 / 0.042
13 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'33.765 1.243 / 0.089
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'34.118 1.596 / 0.353
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'34.267 1.745 / 0.149
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'34.745 2.223 / 0.478
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'34.772 2.250 / 0.027
18 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'34.801 2.279 / 0.029
19 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'34.938 2.416 / 0.137
20 2 Leon CAMIER Honda 1'35.010 2.488 / 0.072
21 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'35.122 2.600 / 0.112
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'35.521 2.999 / 0.399
23 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'35.915 3.393 / 0.394

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
10
2014

Comments

I wouldn't be surprised to

I wouldn't be surprised to see Marquez pull another half second out of nowhere come qualifying, but... the weather forecast says there's a chance of thundershowers. That would certainly throw a spanner into the works!

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