2014 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Imperturbable Marquez Sets Circuit Record

Championship leader Marc Marquez has topped a frantic MotoGP FP3 session as riders clambered for a direct route to this afternoons Q2 in a chaotic final few minutes. Marquez encountered technical problems in the opening stages of the session which were later identified as a new engine acting 'strangely'. In familiar style he didn't let the disruption effect him, he jumped on his second bike and went on to set the fastest ever MotoGP lap at the Motegi circuit, almost exactly one second quicker than his best Friday time. Andrea Dovizioso's quick lap from Friday was enough for him to take second place in combined times for Q1 qualification, while compatriot Valentino Rossi finished second in the session and completed the top three in combined times.

Fellow Yamaha rider and MotoGP rookie Pol Espargaro did a sterling job to set the fourth fastest combined time edging out the more senior Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati rider Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith put in a solid performance to claim seventh place ahead of countryman Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa who struggled to find outright quick lap pace. Stefan Bradl's Friday time was enough to round out the top ten and completed the group of riders who qualify directly for this afternoons Q2 session. The likes of Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Yonny Hernandez and Hector Barbera will have to do things the hard way and fight for the final two Q2 slots in the Q1 session beforehand. 

Results: 

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'44.940    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'45.167 0.227 0.227
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'45.239 0.299 0.072
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'45.363 0.423 0.124
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'45.400 0.460 0.037
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'45.477 0.537 0.077
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 1'45.538 0.598 0.061
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'45.548 0.608 0.010
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'45.565 0.625 0.017
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'45.780 0.840 0.215
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'45.933 0.993 0.153
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'46.114 1.174 0.181
13 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'46.204 1.264 0.090
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'46.835 1.895 0.631
15 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 1'46.919 1.979 0.084
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'47.382 2.442 0.463
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'47.401 2.461 0.019
18 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha 1'47.414 2.474 0.013
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'47.729 2.789 0.315
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'47.881 2.941 0.152
21 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'47.960 3.020 0.079
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'48.786 3.846 0.826
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'48.802 3.862 0.016
24 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'48.917 3.977 0.115

 

Round Number: 
15
2014
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