2014 Silverstone MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Fastest, Lorenzo, Rossi And Pedrosa Back On The Pace

Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo rescued themselves from disaster on Saturday morning, all three rider finding the pace they had been missing and earning a passage straight to Q2. All three had struggled on the first day of practice, but qualified comfortably for Q2 in FP3.

But it was Marc Marquez once again topping free practice for the MotoGP class, the Repsol Honda man dominating FP3 right from the start. Just how hard Marquez was pushing became clear towards the end of the session, when he lowsided at the Loop, the front coming loose over a bump. Marquez was unhurt, and went on to post another hot lap before the end of the session.

Andrea Dovizioso was second fastest, getting very close to Marquez using the extra soft tire. But Dovizoso had been quick throughout, even when lapping on the medium tire, the hardest of the two options for the Ducatis. Dani Pedrosa took 3rd, ahead of the Movistar Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, restoring some semblance of the normal order. Pol Espargaro was the fastest of the Tech 3 satellite Yamahas, beating his teammate Bradley Smith by nearly a quarter of a second. Stefan Bradl ended the session in 7th, after falling heavily in the middle of the session, though he walked away unhurt.

There was also a dangerous moment at the end of the session. Marc Marquez was on a fast lap when he came across Jorge Lorenzo cruising on the racing line. Marquez was surprised, and missed Lorenzo by just a few centimeters. 


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'01.906    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'01.940 0.034 0.034
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'02.116 0.210 0.176
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'02.243 0.337 0.127
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'02.359 0.453 0.116
6 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'02.368 0.462 0.009
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 2'02.564 0.658 0.196
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'02.605 0.699 0.041
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'02.726 0.820 0.121
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 2'02.886 0.980 0.160
11 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 2'02.912 1.006 0.026
12 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'02.912 1.006 0.000
13 45 Scott Redding Honda 2'03.368 1.462 0.456
14 17 Karel Abraham Honda 2'03.845 1.939 0.477
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 2'04.319 2.413 0.474
16 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2'04.350 2.444 0.031
17 15 Alex De Angelis Forward Yamaha 2'04.655 2.749 0.305
18 2 Leon Camier Honda 2'04.735 2.829 0.080
19 70 Michael Laverty PBM 2'05.732 3.826 0.997
20 9 Danilo Petrucci ART 2'06.021 4.115 0.289
21 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 2'06.053 4.147 0.032
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 2'06.909 5.003 0.856
23 23 Broc Parkes PBM 2'07.648 5.742 0.739


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...and Cal now has a ride on something half decent lined up for next year. It'd be a shame to ruin it by breaking his neck now trying to push on a bike that rewards aggression with pain...

It's a Ducati MotoGP bike. Cal's name is not Casey Stoner. ergo he's never going to be competitive on it, the best he can hope for is not having to eat hospital food between now & the end of the season. Dovi is only looking good on it by being less bad than anybody else, it has ended more MotoGP careers than you can count on the fingers of one hand (I'd argue it it even ended Casey's, that massive chip on his shoulder that could partly explain why he walked away was seeded & developed during his time getting incredible results on a turd while being accused by Ducati of not trying hard enough while they ignored all his feedback). It nearly ended Rossi's career, did end Jeremy Burgess's. But Rossi has proved that being crap on a Ducati says nothing about your drive, your determination or your ability, thanks to his post Ducati comeback, and so Cal has nothing to gain from trying harder than he currently is...

What was Lorenzo thinking?! If the shoe had been on the other foot, I'm sure he would have held a press conference by now to call for penalties. Part of me thinks it was deliberate - he's too professional to forget something so important - but maybe he was just foolish.

In any event, it will be interesting to see what comes of this. Penalty points? Or just eye-rolling next time Lorenzo criticises another rider? :P