2017 Argentina MotoGP FP3 Result: Crutchlow Fastest But Few Improvements On Tricky Track

The rain came to Termas De Rio Honda at last during the MotoGP FP3 session, but it held off until the second half of the session before it sent everyone scuttling back to their garages. The conditions made it hard for may riders to improve, with nobody able to break into the top ten and go through to Q2. 

One rider already in the top ten did improve, Cal Crutchlow setting an impressive time to take top spot, and move up to second overall. The LCR Honda rider finished ahead of Maverick Viñales, who has beeen quick in all conditions, and went fast enough to set the fifth fastest time overall. 

Dani Pedrosa managed to improve his time, taking third spot in FP3, but it was only enough to move him up from thirteenth to eleventh overall, while Scott Redding dropped from eleventh to twelfth, despite going a fraction faster than Friday. Marc Marquez set the fifth fastest time, but was seven tenths off his time from Friday.

The results leave the big guns who missed out on Q2 yesterday still stuck in Q1. Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo will all have to fight for one of the two places which allow passage into Q2, and a shot at pole. If, as seems likely, the track is wet, they could end up finding a real wet weather specialist like Jack Miller on their path, making life even tougher. There will be some big names starting from a long way back on the grid on Sunday.

Results for FP3 only are directly below, and the combined times, showing who is through to Q2 and who must make their way through Q1, are below that.

FP3 only results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.772    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.867 0.095 0.095
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.292 0.520 0.425
4 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.321 0.549 0.029
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.394 0.622 0.073
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.397 0.625 0.003
7 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.514 0.742 0.117
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.551 0.779 0.037
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.590 0.818 0.039
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.624 0.852 0.034
11 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'40.638 0.866 0.014
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.690 0.918 0.052
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.700 0.928 0.010
14 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.718 0.946 0.018
15 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.734 0.962 0.016
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'40.742 0.970 0.008
17 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.943 1.171 0.201
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.019 1.247 0.076
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'41.082 1.310 0.063
20 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.350 1.578 0.268
21 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'41.616 1.844 0.266
22 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'41.669 1.897 0.053
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.008 2.236 0.339

Combined times from all three sessions:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.477    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.772 0.295 0.295
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.778 0.301 0.006
4 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'39.880 0.403 0.102
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'39.922 0.445 0.042
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.960 0.483 0.038
7 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.120 0.643 0.160
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.157 0.680 0.037
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.175 0.698 0.018
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.250 0.773 0.075
To Q1
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.292 0.815 0.042
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.321 0.844 0.029
13 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.340 0.863 0.019
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.399 0.922 0.059
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'40.431 0.954 0.032
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.514 1.037 0.083
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.531 1.054 0.017
18 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.599 1.122 0.068
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'40.908 1.431 0.309
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.019 1.542 0.111
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.350 1.873 0.331
22 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'41.616 2.139 0.266
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.008 2.531 0.392

 

Round Number: 
2
2017
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