2015 Argentina MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Finds A Little Extra

Marc Marquez managed to pull a slim advantage over the field in the third free practice Saturday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Marquez's narrow margin over Cal Crutchlow -- three hundredths of a second -- mirrors what ended up as the smallest differential for the entire field this year: Less than a second separates first through 13th and it is less than three seconds between top spot and 21st and last bike, Alex De Angelis' ART. 

The Andreas' Ducatis grabbed the next two slots -- Ianonne 3rd and Dovizioso 4th -- closely followed by the story of the weekend thus far: Aleix Espargaro's factory Suzuki which led the first two practices. The factory Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo (6th) and Valentino Rossi (7th) spent much of the session outside the top 10. But late in FP3 with a slightly softer rear tires in place, both climbed into the top 10 and earned a spot in Q2. Danilo Petrucci put his satellite Ducati into 8th. Right on his heels is the second factory Suzuki of MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales.

The rest of the riders must head to the first qualifying session. The top two riders from Q1 advance into the second qualifying session which determines the front 12 slots on the grid. In particular, the Yamahas all appear to be struggling. The factory riders climbed into the top ten only at the end of practice and the satellite Yamahas missed out entirely in FP3. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.602  
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.658 0.056 / 0.056
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'38.791 0.189 / 0.133
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.818 0.216 / 0.027
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'38.919 0.317 / 0.101
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'38.952 0.350 / 0.033
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.019 0.417 / 0.067
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.197 0.595 / 0.178
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'39.253 0.651 / 0.056
10 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'39.312 0.710 / 0.059
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'39.326 0.724 / 0.014
12 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'39.362 0.760 / 0.036
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'39.471 0.869 / 0.109
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'39.728 1.126 / 0.257
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'39.762 1.160 / 0.034
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'39.794 1.192 / 0.032
17 6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 1'39.812 1.210 / 0.018
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'39.938 1.336 / 0.126
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'39.999 1.397 / 0.061
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'40.135 1.533 / 0.136
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'40.188 1.586 / 0.053
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'40.255 1.653 / 0.067
23 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia 1'40.532 1.930 / 0.277
24 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'40.805 2.203 / 0.273
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'41.565 2.963 / 0.760
Round Number: 
3
2015
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Both Tech 3 bikes will have to come through Q1 and both Suzuki bikes are in for Q2 already. Who would have thought?