2015 Sachsenring MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Holds Off The Yamahas

Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, dropping the pace as the weather has picked up. The last ten minutes turned frantic, as riders chased times for a slot in Q2, with a few people quick on Friday falling victim on Saturday morning.

Marquez was fast throughout the session, slashing his time in the last few minutes. The Repsol Honda rider finished ahead of the two Movistar Yamahas, Jorge Lorenzo just over a tenth slower than Marquez, Valentino Rossi pushing out a fast lap to be five hundredths behind his teammate. Andrea Dovizioso picked up the pace to grab 4th, but the factory Ducati rider was nearly half a second slower than Marquez.

Bradley Smith finished an impressive 5th, and could have been closer if he hadn't had a moment at the bottom of the waterfall and lost a couple of tenths. Dani Pedrosa was fast on race pace, but less so once the pace hotted up, but still ended 6th ahead of the Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow took 8th slot, despite a minor crash at the Omega corner in the second half of practice, from which he escaped uninjured. Andrea Iannone was the only rider not to improve his time on Saturday morning, his second Ducati sporting a larger set of winglets. Pol Espargaro was the final man in the top 10, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider securing his place in Q2 early.

The warmer weather saw a lot of riders running the asymmetric tire during the session, and a couple of riders even taking the hardest front option out for a spin. There is still plenty of work to do on race pace during FP4 this afternoon, before qualifying starts in earnest.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'21.083    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'21.221 0.138 0.138
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'21.274 0.191 0.053
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'21.562 0.479 0.288
5 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'21.568 0.485 0.006
6 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'21.622 0.539 0.054
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'21.689 0.606 0.067
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'21.766 0.683 0.077
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'21.837 0.754 0.071
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'21.888 0.805 0.051
To Q1:  
11 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'21.922 0.839 0.034
12 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'21.962 0.879 0.040
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'22.001 0.918 0.039
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'22.030 0.947 0.029
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'22.156 1.073 0.126
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'22.334 1.251 0.178
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'22.393 1.310 0.059
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'22.572 1.489 0.179
19 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'22.648 1.565 0.076
20 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'22.975 1.892 0.327
21 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'23.013 1.930 0.038
22 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'23.027 1.944 0.014
23 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'23.345 2.262 0.318
24 70 Michael Laverty Aprilia 1'23.466 2.383 0.121
25 71 Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 1'24.658 3.575 1.192

 

Round Number: 
9
2015
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