2013 COTA MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Fights Back

Dani Pedrosa sent a clear message to his talented, younger teammate at the end of FP3 with a blistering lap nearly four-tenths quicker than Marc Marquez's best time. Marquez, who had dominated every practice and every test thus far at the new Circuit of the Americas track, didn't have much of a chance to answer as Pedrosa timed his quickest lap perfectly, leaving only 18 seconds on the clock for a response.

And none was coming in the final free practice in warm but breezy conditions. Marquez, who crashed heavily early in the practice session -- reportedly because of cold tires on an out lap -- will get another chance to better his time in the second qualifying practice. Jorge Lorenzo, who improved his lap times from FP2, pipped an increasingly quick Cal Crutchlow at the end of FP3 to grab the third slot.

In all, every factory bike appears likely to earn a spot in QP2 under the new MotoGP qualifying format, leaving CRT rider Aleix Espargaro (11th) and Bradley Smith (12th) and Andrea Iannone (13th) as the three riders who will lead the battle in QP1 in an effort to get into the second and final qualifying round later today.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.408  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.795 0.387 / 0.387
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'05.295 0.887 / 0.500
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 2'05.630 1.222 / 0.335
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'05.908 1.500 / 0.278
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.963 1.555 / 0.055
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.173 1.765 / 0.210
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'06.300 1.892 / 0.127
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 2'06.622 2.214 / 0.322
10 11 Ben SPIES Ducati 2'06.862 2.454 / 0.240
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 2'07.149 2.741 / 0.287
12 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'07.714 3.306 / 0.565
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'07.749 3.341 / 0.035
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 2'08.405 3.997 / 0.656
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 2'08.514 4.106 / 0.109
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 2'09.249 4.841 / 0.735
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 2'09.409 5.001 / 0.160
18 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 2'09.504 5.096 / 0.095
19 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 2'09.660 5.252 / 0.156
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'09.675 5.267 / 0.015
21 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 2'09.698 5.290 / 0.023
22 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'10.109 5.701 / 0.411
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'11.017 6.609 / 0.908
24 79 Blake YOUNG APR 2'11.528 7.120 / 0.511
  52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'13.510 9.102 / 1.982
  44 Mike BARNES BCL 2'16.283 11.875 / 2.773

 

Round Number: 
2
2013
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