2018 Argentina MotoGP FP3: Marquez.............Everyone Else

It took exactly six-tenths of a second for Marc Marquez to explain to the field who is the favorite on Sunday come rain or shine. The reigning world champion dropped into the 1'48s and gapped the field by more than half a second during Saturday's FP3 at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. 

Marquez, who led the session intermittently as a track conditions changed from damp to wet and back to damp, set his fastest lap with 13 seconds left after he had slid down to ninth over the final five minutes. Marquez's final fast lap dropped Johann Zarco into second after briefly leading FP3. Alvaro Bautista seized third as track conditions and the order rapidly changed over the final minute.

Karel Abraham made a surprise visit to the top of the order for fifth, just in front of Danilo Petrucci (6th) who was the final rider in the 1'49s. Cal Crutchlow (7th) ended the session as the second-fastest Honda rider. Hafizh Syahrin finished in eighth, the second-fastest Yamaha -- but neither of the Yamahas in FP3 top 10 were factory bikes. 

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, well off the pace in the dry, used the difficult track conditions to climb into ninth, less than a tenth of a second in front of Dani Pedrosa (10th). 

Intermittent rain is expected through the afternoon qualifying sessions. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.896      
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.503 0.607 / 0.607
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'49.828 0.932 / 0.325
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.892 0.996 / 0.064
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.948 1.052 / 0.056
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'50.149 1.253 / 0.201
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'50.245 1.349 / 0.096
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'50.261 1.365 / 0.016
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'50.396 1.500 / 0.135
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.463 1.567 / 0.067
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'50.645 1.749 / 0.182
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'50.679 1.783 / 0.034
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'50.685 1.789 / 0.006
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'50.747 1.851 / 0.062
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'50.972 2.076 / 0.225
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'51.001 2.105 / 0.029
17 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'51.051 2.155 / 0.050
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'51.170 2.274 / 0.119
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'51.197 2.301 / 0.027
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'51.296 2.400 / 0.099
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'51.636 2.740 / 0.340
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'52.352 3.456 / 0.716
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'52.462 3.566 / 0.110
24 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'52.648 3.752 / 0.186
Round Number: 
2
2018
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