2014 Sepang MotoGP FP3: Pedrosa Leads Red-Flagged Session

Dani Pedrosa has continued his strong weekend to date and topped the third MotoGP free practice session at Sepang, the Repsol Honda rider showed excellent consistency to edge out his compatriot Jorge Lorenzo by just over a tenth of a second while Marc Marquez completed the top three a further tenth behind. Andrea Dovizioso claimed fourth spot with a quick last ditch lap; the session was red flagged with just over two minutes remaining following a crash for Pol Espargaro. This resulted in a frantic final lap scramble as riders 'on the bubble' poured out of the pit lane and tried to nudge their way into the top ten and Q2 later today. 

Stefan Bradl posted the fifth fastest time ahead of Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro while the Tech 3 pairing of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro rounded out the top ten. Espargaro had two crashes during the session, his second was a massive high side under braking into turn one and caused red flags to be shown as he lay prone on the track, his bike ablaze beside him.

The young Spaniard was eventually stretchered away and taken to the medical centre for examination, on the lap previous Scott Redding had tried to warn Espargaro about smoke and fluid billowing from his bike, the message obviously wasn't received and Espargaro crashed shortly after. It was later revealed that Espargaro was conscious and able to move his limbs but had sustained an injury to his left leg, his participation in Qualifying later this afternoon is in doubt.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.454    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'00.619 0.165 0.165
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.663 0.209 0.044
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.770 0.316 0.107
5 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'00.866 0.412 0.096
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 2'00.870 0.416 0.004
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.901 0.447 0.031
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'01.426 0.972 0.525
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 2'01.498 1.044 0.072
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'01.885 1.431 0.387
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'02.013 1.559 0.128
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'02.105 1.651 0.092
13 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'02.360 1.906 0.255
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'02.581 2.127 0.221
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 2'03.476 3.022 0.895
16 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'03.598 3.144 0.122
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Forward Yamaha 2'03.654 3.200 0.056
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'03.725 3.271 0.071
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 2'03.964 3.510 0.239
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'04.086 3.632 0.122
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 2'04.323 3.869 0.237
22 23 Broc PARKES PBM 2'05.896 5.442 1.573
23 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'06.627 6.173 0.731

 

Round Number: 
17
2014
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During the post crash interview, he points to his head and makes the "loco" sign when describing Pol.

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