2016 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: Viñales Fastest, But New Layout Helps Honda

The revised layout for the Barcelona circuit has had a big impact on the relative strengths of the various bikes, taking away the fast flowing turns from Yamaha and handing tight hard-braking sections which favor the Honda. But it was the Suzuki if Maverick Viñales which profited most, Viñales topping the timesheets for much of the session, then going on to set the fastest time at the end.

Viñales had faced strong challenges from the Hondas, both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa posting impressive times. Marquez ended up in second, despite a crash with fifteen minutes to go, a tenth of a second behind Viñales, and another tenth ahead of his teammate Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi posted a couple of quick last-gasp laps to secure passage into Q2 and bag fourth spot.

Rossi heads up a flotilla of Yamahas, Pol Espargaro sitting in fifth, while Jorge Lorenzo is sixth. The Pramac Ducatis follow behind, Scott Redding just a fraction slower than Lorenzo and a similar fraction faster than Danilo Petrucci, while Cal Crutchlow took ninth spot. Andrea Iannone was the fastest of the factory Ducatis, and the last rider through to Q2.

Because of the change of the track layout, the times from FP1 and FP2 were canceled. Only the times from this session count for entrance to qualifying and Q2

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'44.727    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'44.847 0.120 0.120
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'44.951 0.224 0.104
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'45.071 0.344 0.120
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'45.193 0.466 0.122
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'45.287 0.560 0.094
7 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'45.305 0.578 0.018
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'45.321 0.594 0.016
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'45.344 0.617 0.023
10 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'45.517 0.790 0.173
To Q1
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'45.543 0.816 0.026
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'45.602 0.875 0.059
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'45.734 1.007 0.132
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'46.018 1.291 0.284
15 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'46.051 1.324 0.033
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'46.343 1.616 0.292
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'46.558 1.831 0.215
18 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'46.613 1.886 0.055
19 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'46.826 2.099 0.213
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'46.993 2.266 0.167
21 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'47.513 2.786 0.520

 

Round Number: 
7
2016
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Comments

What's going on there?

I haven't seen the free practices so I don't know if there have been any issues, but this can't be Bradley's true pace.

I hope it's not a case of factory contract fever...

Bradley crashed in the last few minutes...couldn't put a fast time in at the end.