2015 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: Viñales Fastest As Suzukis Shine

Maverick Viñales has taken top spot in the final session of free practice, in a session where both Suzukis showed strong pace throughout. Viñales put in a set of soft tires at the end of FP3 to blast to the fastest lap of the weekend so far, deposing Jorge Lorenzo from top spot.

It was Lorenzo who was most impressive, however, the Movistar Yamaha rider equalling Aleix Espargaro's best lap of the weekend early in the session in a long run of ten laps in the 1'41s. Espargaro ended the session in 3rd, putting two Suzukis in the top ten, and finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. Pol Espargaro was the next fastest Yamaha, the Tech 3 rider pushing hard to get straight through to Q2 at the end of FP3, with Valentino Rossi also ensuring he was into Q2 by bagging 6th spot. Marc Marquez was 7th on the Repsol Honda, but the reigning world champion was concentrating on race pace, doing a long run which was close to the pace of Lorenzo's.

Cal Crutchlow ended within a tenth of Marc Marquez in 8th, and ahead of Yonny Hernandez on the Pramac Ducati. Hernandez looked to be on an even faster lap, but ran into traffic in the shape of Jorge Lorenzo. Bradley Smith was the last rider to make it straight to Q2, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man bumping Dani Pedrosa into 11th. He will now have to make it to Q2 via the Q1 session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'41.105    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'41.158 0.053 0.053
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'41.232 0.127 0.074
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.384 0.279 0.152
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'41.473 0.368 0.089
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.479 0.374 0.006
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.563 0.458 0.084
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'41.644 0.539 0.081
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'41.658 0.553 0.014
10 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'41.667 0.562 0.009
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'41.699 0.594 0.032
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'41.864 0.759 0.165
13 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'41.994 0.889 0.130
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'42.222 1.117 0.228
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.381 1.276 0.159
16 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'42.458 1.353 0.077
17 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'42.519 1.414 0.061
18 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'42.623 1.518 0.104
19 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'42.723 1.618 0.100
20 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'42.805 1.700 0.082
21 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'42.817 1.712 0.012
22 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.013 1.908 0.196
23 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'43.267 2.162 0.254
24 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'44.571 3.466 1.304
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'45.206 4.101 0.635

 

Round Number: 
7
2015
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Comments

Did Pedrosa use the new exhaust in FP3? I couldn't tell from any camera angles whether he uses the updated swingarm, either.

Q1 might be quite a show, Dani and Redding on very similar Hondas, and the Ducatis of Iannone, Petrucci, and Barbera on the softest tires chasing the top 2 spots.

Half second gap in FP3, from Dani to Hector thou (I assume he used a soft in that session), should between Dani, Scott and Andrea.

Has there been any talk about Melandri and that meeting he was rumoured to have with Aprillia after Mugello? He was almost 3 seconds slower then Bautista in FP3