2017 Sepang MotoGP FP3: Rossi Is One By Undercutting Two

Valentino Rossi seized the top spot in FP3 when he became the only rider to drop into a sub, two-minute laptime at the Sepang circuit Saturday morning. Rossi's set his 1'59.947 -- the weekend's fastest time by any rider -- with no time left in the third practice. Johann Zarco, who led the session late, was bumped into second by the Italian's final lap. Dani Pedrosa jumped from 11th into third near the end of practice as riders began switching to the soft-option rear tire in an attempt to ensure a top-10 finish.

Andrea Dovizioso grabbed fourth, the Ducati rider's first Sepang practice shy of the top spot. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who led FP3 briefly, continued his good form from the previous day's wet FP2 with a fifth. Jack Miller took advantage of the heat -- the track reached 45 degrees celcius (113 farenheit) by the end of the morning session -- to take sixth.  Cal Crutchlow (7th) finished just clear of Andrea Iannone (8th). 

Championship leader Marc Marquez never threatened FP3's top times to take ninth. Rossi's Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales just squeaked into the top ten by five-hundredths of a second. The top 10 riders go directly into Q2 later in the day along with the top two finishers from Q1.

Most riders spent much of the early FP3 session working on setup with the hard-option rear tire -- the likely Sunday choice for the race in sweltering conditions on the 5.5 km track. But with 11 minutes to go, teams began fitting the bikes with the softer rear tire in order to push the lap times down and ensure a trip straight to Q2.

Miller struck first with a 2'00.406 to take the top spot. But five minutes later, Rossi briefly seized the top of the timesheet only to be bumped by Jorge Lorenzo with a 2'00.163. Then Pedrosa, who has been circulating in 11th spot, shot to the front with a 2'00.124. He soon was bumped to second by Johann Zarco.

Then Rossi struck last and best, dipping once into the 1'59s after much of the field had taken the checkered flag.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'59.947    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.024 0.077 / 0.077
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.087 0.140 / 0.063
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.124 0.177 / 0.037
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'00.149 0.202 / 0.025
6 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'00.190 0.243 / 0.041
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.199 0.252 / 0.009
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.394 0.447 / 0.195
9 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.467 0.520 / 0.073
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.695 0.748 / 0.228
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'00.746 0.799 / 0.051
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'00.864 0.917 / 0.118
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'00.876 0.929 / 0.012
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.013 1.066 / 0.137
15 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'01.292 1.345 / 0.279
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.295 1.348 / 0.003
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'01.382 1.435 / 0.087
18 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'01.506 1.559 / 0.124
19 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.752 1.805 / 0.246
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.847 1.900 / 0.095
21 60 Michael VAN DER MARK Yamaha 2'01.984 2.037 / 0.137
22 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.204 2.257 / 0.220
   

 

Round Number: 
17
2017
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Go Valentino, old blokes rule

R.I.P. Stefan Kiefer. Feeling so sad. Sympathy to Stefan's family & friends. the Boss is dead, the team lives on. All the best to the Keifer racing family. I hope there will be many more race wins & world championships to come.

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Talk about Interesting times, Crikey. Iannone faster than Marquee Marc Marquez ? Is this the 1st time ever ?

Lorenzo finally seems to be getting the hang off the Gp 17, matching DesmoDovi's times in this session at least.

Bradley Smith faster than his teammate, the only Espargaro bro racing this weekend. I get confused which brother is on the Aprilia & which is on the Katie M. I will remember Pol is on the KTM, three letters riding three letters. A is riding Aprilia, got it now.

Top seven within a quarter of a second. looking forward to the races tomorrow, daytime for me, luxury.

Total votes: 27