2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Leads Rossi And Bradl

Marc Marquez' domination at Laguna Seca continues, with the Repsol Honda rookie topping the timesheets once again at the Californian track, despite never having ridden the circuit before Friday. Marquez was quick early on, but came out in the middle of the session and posted a blistering lap, following it up with a series of laps in the high 1'21s.

After struggling early on, including running off the track and through the gravel trap, Valentino Rossi found some pace at the end of practice, climbing up to second in the standings after a tweak to his suspension, and putting nearly two tenths between himself and Stefan Bradl. Bradl led a duo of satellite Hondas, the LCR man ending ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini bike, while Cal Crutchlow, who had been near the top early on in FP3 ended the day in 5th.

Andrea Dovizios had a decent morning on the Ducati, taking 6th spot ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who also had a respectable outing, despite still suffering with an injured collarbone. Nicky Hayden took 8th, and was the last man within a second of Marquez.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.568    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'21.752 0.184 0.184
3 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'21.959 0.391 0.207
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'22.085 0.517 0.126
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'22.187 0.619 0.102
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'22.226 0.658 0.039
7 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'22.290 0.722 0.064
8 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'22.504 0.936 0.214
9 41 Aleix Espargaro ART 1'22.733 1.165 0.229
10 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'22.812 1.244 0.079
11 14 Randy De Puniet ART 1'23.269 1.701 0.457
12 15 Alex De Angelis Ducati 1'23.616 2.048 0.347
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter 1'24.057 2.489 0.441
14 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1'24.108 2.540 0.051
15 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR 1'24.460 2.892 0.352
16 8 Hector Barbera FTR 1'24.618 3.050 0.158
17 68 Yonny Hernandez ART 1'24.670 3.102 0.052
18 17 Karel Abraham ART 1'24.761 3.193 0.091
19 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1'24.895 3.327 0.134
20 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'24.946 3.378 0.051
21 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1'25.220 3.652 0.274
22 52 Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter 1'26.979 5.411 1.759
  26 Dani Pedrosa Honda      

 

Round Number: 
9
2013
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Comments

Marquez is starting to believe he can win the title, but that is always a tricky time for a rookie...Rossi also knows that he can make up plenty of points here...

It's FP3 not FP2 ... a little amend.

Marc is impressive on the pace too ..... and Lorenzo had a very good lap considering how little he has been circulating. He could still make it front row today.....

At Laguna Seca, you know the bike's a turd. Ride your race, do your job, Nicky, and walk away from that POS. You have respectfully soldiered through years of a junk bike and willfully ignorant management. You should get a standing ovation purely for your work ethic on that junk scooter. If the Ducati staff were Japanese, there would be a shortage of Seppuko knives.

Blown away by this kid - I also think the seamless gearbox is more of an advantage here than at longer tracks.... But still, it took Rossi a couple of years to figure this track out.... (Play station seems to work quite well in prepping for this course - at least in Marquez's case).

Still hoping Rossi can pull a W on Sunday - But not very confident after looking at MM time sheet the last couple days.

I'm totally not surprised by Marquez. Remember Austin? He learns extremely quickly, quicker than anyone else.

Rossi looks on the pace, in for a podium. Bradl also fast, but I suspect Crutchlow will find his way back to the top come raceday. I still think this is his best chance to win a race this year.

Rossi's issues are not yet sorted possibly...like he keeps saying, it's probably that balance issue with them having more weight onto the front and not enough up at the rear to get optimal grip.

That front suspension tweak might only be a hack, enabling better braking and corner entry while leaving a 'regression' of bad rear grip on not-so-flowing tracks.

Back in the 'good days' JB and co might get it sorted more thoroughly with a new chassis, but wonder how much 'pull' they have at the moment with Yamaha...at least as far their response speed is concerned.

Hopefully after the summer break we might see a revised chassis...IF that happens, things should get more interesting

The Hondas seem to load up the rear pretty nice and get awesome drive out of corners...

This is about the time of year when Jorge lost all contact with the honda, and never got anywhere near for the rest of the season.. Rossi and Jorge need to work together to solve this.. Though a fit Marquez is a much tougher prospect than an absent and then returning from injury stoner..