2015 Phillip Island MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Tightens His Grip

Marc Marquez, who has never scored a point in his MotoGP career at Phillip Island, moved a step closer to changing his luck in the third free practice Saturday at the Australian circuit. Marquez's 1'29.081 put him four-tenths of a second clear of Cal Crutchlow (2nd) and Jorge Lorenzo (3rd). What more, Marquez's pracrice laps were consistently fast as he dropped into the low 1'30s and 1'29s regularly in the session. 

Scott Redding came in a surprisingly fourth-fastest in the session just in front of Suzuki rookie Maverick Vinales who has been quick all weekend. Andrea Iannone finished the session six-hundredths in front of countyman and championship points leader Valentino Rossi. The top 11 riders finished within a second of each other.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'29.081    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'29.509 0.428 / 0.428
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'29.520 0.439 / 0.011
4 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'29.675 0.594 / 0.155
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'29.715 0.634 / 0.040
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'29.755 0.674 / 0.040
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.815 0.734 / 0.060
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'29.877 0.796 / 0.062
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'29.962 0.881 / 0.085
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'29.982 0.901 / 0.020
11 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'30.034 0.953 / 0.052
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'30.163 1.082 / 0.129
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'30.193 1.112 / 0.030
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'30.295 1.214 / 0.102
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'30.351 1.270 / 0.056
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'30.404 1.323 / 0.053
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'30.414 1.333 / 0.010
18 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'30.505 1.424 / 0.091
19 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'30.766 1.685 / 0.261
20 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'31.145 2.064 / 0.379
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'31.176 2.095 / 0.031
22 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'31.419 2.338 / 0.243
23 13 Anthony WEST Honda 1'31.898 2.817 / 0.479
24 24 Toni ELIAS Yamaha Forward 1'31.913 2.832 / 0.015
25 55 Damian CUDLIN ART 1'34.302 5.221 / 2.389

 

Top 10 Combined Times Moving Straight to Q2:

M.MARQUEZ, HONDA, 1'30.395J.LORENZO, YAMAHA, 1'30.047; C.CRUTCHLOW, HONDA, 1'30.782; M.VIÑALES, SUZUKI, 1'31.240; A.IANNONE, DUCATI, 1'30.967; S.REDDING, HONDA, 1'31.772; V.ROSSI, YAMAHA, 1'30.572; D.PEDROSA, HONDA, 1'30.669; B.SMITH, YAMAHA, 1'30.902; A.DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI 1'31.385.

 

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Comments

Only Rossi set his fastest time in his first stint. If you look at the partials, Marquez is 1,Cruthlow is 2, Lorenzo is 3 virtually tied with Rossi in 4. But if you look closer at the partials, you'll see that Marquez is clearly #1 - but Rossi is way ahead of Jorge everywhere BUT sector 2 - in 1, 3 and 4, Rossi is variably a bit to quite a bit quicker.

This is very interesting indeed.

I don't understand Pedrosa today. Was he injured?

Marquez looks to be a runaway here, though.

News is Hayden to be inducted as the latest MotoGP Legend. Many congratulations to him, he deserved it. If I were him I'd feel a little bit insulted though... but I hope he'll do well in WSBK.