Jorge Lorenzo has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Phillip Island. The Movistar Yamaha was fast for much of the session, but seized control at the end, snatching the lead by nearly three tenths of a second. Newly-crowned champion Marc Marquez took second, just edging out Andrea Iannone, who had been in 2nd until displaced by the Repsol Honda rider. Iannone missed out on an opportunity to improve his time after he crashed at the fast Doohan Corner immediately after beating his best time.
Valentino Rossi is 4th fastest, the Yamaha veteran showing a strong race pace in his 250th career premier class event, while the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith made a late charge to get into the top 10. Aleix Espargaro put the Forward Yamaha into 7th, just bumping Cal Crutchlow into 8th. The Ducati rider had been running in 6th for a while, but lost places when the race for Q2 broke out at the end of the session. Stefan Bradl just sneaked into 9th to go through to Q2, while Dani Pedrosa managed the 10th fastest time in FP3, but was not fast enough to beat the time set by Andrea Dovizioso in FP2, meaning that Dovizioso goes through to Q2, while Pedrosa will have to work his way through Q1 to battle for pole position.
Pedrosa's poor time in FP3 made it a relatively bad day for Honda. Only 2 Hondas made it straight through to Q2, compared to 3 Ducatis and 5 Yamahas (2 factory, 2 satellite and Aleix Espargaro on the Open Forward Yamaha). Both Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista will have to try to advance through Q1.
Results of FP3:
|7||41||Aleix Espargaro||Forward Yamaha||1'29.802||0.645||0.141|
|16||15||Alex De Angelis||Forward Yamaha||1'30.625||1.468||0.098|
|21||63||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia||1'31.631||2.474||0.249|