2013 Brno MotoGP FP3 Result: Crutchlow Eclipses The Field

Cal Crutchlow pounced at the end of FP3 with a 1'56.156 lap, a full two-tenths faster than second-place Jorge Lorenzo who led most of the session. Marc Marquez, who led practice briefly, finished third, a tenth of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi. Repsol's Dan Pedrosa rounded out the top five, finishing a nearly half a second down on Crutchlow. The top 10 riders in FP3 move on to the final qualifying session (Q2) with riders at 11 (Andrea Iannone) though 25 (Lukas Pesek) taking place in an earlier qualifying session. The fastest two riders from Q1 will then join the top 10 riders for Q2.

So what can be learned from FP3? First, Crutchlow seems happy with the setup of his Tech 3 Yamaha and can put in a fast lap when needed. But a closer look at the timesheets shows two riders -- Lorenzo and Marquez - capable of putting in a long series of laps in the middle 1'56s with Rossi and Pedrosa not far off that race pace. In all, the top seven riders remain within a second of each other. The race forecast calls for possible rain.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'56.156  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'56.322 0.166 / 0.166
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'56.366 0.210 / 0.044
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.486 0.330 / 0.120
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.642 0.486 / 0.156
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'56.921 0.765 / 0.279
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'56.956 0.800 / 0.035
8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'57.055 0.899 / 0.099
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'57.196 1.040 / 0.141
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'57.542 1.386 / 0.346
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'57.862 1.706 / 0.320
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'58.210 2.054 / 0.348
13 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'58.374 2.218 / 0.164
14 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'58.821 2.665 / 0.447
15 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'58.846 2.690 / 0.025
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'58.873 2.717 / 0.027
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'58.896 2.740 / 0.023
18 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'59.148 2.992 / 0.252
19 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'59.294 3.138 / 0.146
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'59.754 3.598 / 0.460
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 2'00.401 4.245 / 0.647
22 45 Martin BAUER S&B Suter 2'00.721 4.565 / 0.320
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'01.206 5.050 / 0.485
24 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'01.337 5.181 / 0.131
25 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'01.339 5.183 / 0.002

 

Round Number: 
11
2013
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Comments

I always look at the lap by lap analysis on MotoGP.com. Lorenzo did 15 laps under 1:57, Marquez did 10, Cal did 3. Cal needs to consistently put in those fast laps, not just a few, if he wants to win a race this year.