Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo declined to show weakness in the third practice session at Mugello with a hot lap of 1’47.972. The current world champ was the only rider to dip into the 1’47s at the Italian circuit. Current points leader Dani Pedrosa greatly improved his prospects with a lap only two-tenths shy of his rival. And surprise fast man, Stefan Bradl, jumped into the third slot on his final lap of the session.
Bradl’s fast lap not only dropped Valentino Rossi into fourth it also improved the overall mood among the Honda teams which appeared to struggle in earlier sessions.
Well, improved the mood except in the Marc Marquez camp. The sensational rookie crashed hard early in FP3 at turn 12 – giving him a spill in every Mugello practice thus far. He was running in tenth when he went down. After remounting on his second bike, he finished the session in twelfth and will have to run in Q1 for the first time this year.
Aleix Espargaro continued his fine form for 2013 when he put his CRT Aprilia into tenth and ahead of one one factory bike (Marquez) and the satellite prototypes of Badley Smith (Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati).
|10||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'49.039||1.067||0.005|
|14||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'49.551||1.579||0.294|
|15||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'49.673||1.701||0.122|
|16||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'51.101||3.129||1.428|
|17||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'51.251||3.279||0.150|
|18||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'51.560||3.588||0.309|
|19||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1'51.619||3.647||0.059|
|20||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'52.189||4.217||0.570|
|21||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'52.226||4.254||0.037|
|23||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'52.295||4.323||0.005|
|24||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'53.165||5.193||0.870|