2018 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: Dovizioso Sends Marquez On Q1 Adventure

With a bit of sunshine, a bit of cloud cover and a cooler surface, plenty of soft rubber had hit the track on Saturday morning. And unlike the usual FP3 session, most attention went to race runs as similar track conditions were forecasted for Sunday afternoon.

After finishing Friday in the gravel, Marc Marquez was on a mission to find his place back into the top ten overall and wasted no time in sorting that one out. Marquez shot into the lead of the session and third overall in the first ten minutes then carried on work as usual. Unfortunately for the world champion, that routine also included a turn 10 crash on a red hot lap in the final three minutes. The domino that followed saw him go from hero to zero as the final shootout saw enough improvements to push the Repsol Honda man into 11th position on the combined standings and into a surprising Q1.

The man to deal the final blow was ironically Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian shooting into the lead at the very last minute to post the fastest time of the weekend by only seven thousandths of a second from his teammate. Jorge Lorenzo did not join the late party for top honours and gambled on his FP2 time for the overall classification. That worked out just fine with the Spaniard finishing second overall despite being 12th in the session and spending his morning being impressively fast on fairly used soft tyres.

Maverick Viñales got the title of top Yamaha with second in the session and third overall, less than a tenth of a second separating him from the leader. Cal Crutchlow accidentally ditched his aero appendages in the gravel trap halfway through the session but recovered to grab third in FP3 and fifth place on combined standings. Much like Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone also bid on his Friday benchmark and guaranteed himself a fourth position overall with excellent pace on used soft rubber despite only being 11th in the session.

After appearing to struggle throughout the weekend, Johann Zarco climbed into fourth in FP3 and sixth overall, while Valentino Rossi attempted two time attacks that saw him finish fifth in FP3 and seventh on combined standings. He was followed by Danilo Petrucci on both timesheets, with Dani Pedrosa also finding some speed to get himself back into a Q2 spot. That final honour went to Tito Rabat, who was in the lead of the session at one point but dropped down to eight in FP3 and tenth overall.

Marquez and Hafizh Syahrin completed the top ten in the session but both riders will meet again later today in Q1 – one of them more familiar with the concept than the other.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.923    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.012 0.089 0.089
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.041 0.118 0.029
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.143 0.220 0.102
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.150 0.227 0.007
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.202 0.279 0.052
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.219 0.296 0.017
8 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.256 0.333 0.037
9 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.390 0.467 0.134
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'39.528 0.605 0.138
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'39.597 0.674 0.069
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'39.677 0.754 0.080
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.712 0.789 0.035
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'39.720 0.797 0.008
15 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.816 0.893 0.096
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'39.819 0.896 0.003
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'39.872 0.949 0.053
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.973 1.050 0.101
19 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'40.034 1.111 0.061
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.040 1.117 0.006
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'40.047 1.124 0.007
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'40.291 1.368 0.244
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.389 1.466 0.098
24 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'40.615 1.692 0.226
25 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'40.638 1.715 0.023
26 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.739 1.816 0.101
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