2017 Austin MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales Fastest While The Party Crashes

Cooler temperatures, gusty winds and a bumpy track conspired to create a crash-filled third practice at the Circuit of the Americas Saturday but the season's dominant rider so far, Maverick Vinales, appeared untroubled by the chaos around him.

Vinales, winner of the seasson's first two races, became the first MotoGP rider at the Circuit of the Americas to dip into the 2'03s this weekend with a 2'03.979 on his second-to-last lap of the morning session that saw multiple crashes including two from reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

And Marquez was hardly the only crasher. Alex Rins, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro (twice), Alex Lowes, Jorge Lorenzo all went down in the session with riders blaming track temperatures that were 20-degrees (F) cooler than Friday and a bumpy, unpredicable, humid surface that has upset the handling of nearly all of the bikes.

Nearly, but not all. None of the four Yamahas crashed Saturday morning -- neither did any of the KTMs but they are much further down the order. The Yamaha chassis seemingly copes well with the uneven track that has left nearly all of the riders complaining about the condition of the surface. Marquez, in an interview with the Spanish press, noted that he followed Johann Zarco for a time on the track. 

The Yamaha chassis at full lean, he said, seems to move through the bumps largely undisturbed while the Honda is bucking and weaving mid-corner. A clear indication of the Honda's difficult, unpredicable handling at the Texas track this year, Marquez managed both a lowside at Turn 15 and a highside minutes later at Turn 18 in FP3.   

FP3 Results:

Riders who advance straight to Q2 in bold when combined practice times from FP1 and FP2 are factored in. The top two riders from Q1 also will advance to Q2.  

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'03.979    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.296 0.317 / 0.317
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'04.677 0.698 / 0.381
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.687 0.708 / 0.010
5 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'04.956 0.977 / 0.269
6 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'05.272 1.293 / 0.316
7 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'05.653 1.674 / 0.381
8 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'05.752 1.773 / 0.099
9 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'05.768 1.789 / 0.016
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'05.872 1.893 / 0.104
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.910 1.931 / 0.038
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'05.930 1.951 / 0.020
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'06.127 2.148 / 0.197
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'06.188 2.209 / 0.061
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.915 2.936 / 0.727
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'07.538 3.559 / 0.623
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'08.257 4.278 / 0.719
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'08.350 4.371 / 0.093
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'09.044 5.065 / 0.694
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'09.135 5.156 / 0.091
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'10.418 6.439 / 1.283
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'12.196 8.217 / 1.778
  42 Alex RINS Suzuki      

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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Comments

I'm starting to get tired of all these random crashes. Questions need to be asked of Michelin.

Anybody else thinking things could get pretty ugly over those mid-corner bumps in tight racing tomorrow?