2019 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Petrucci Blasts Lap Record

Overcast and cooler conditions offered the perfect conditions for the premier class to fight for Q2 honours and some were more eager to get going than others. Alex Rins put in a banker lap on softs early on to join the provisional top ten while Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha thrived in the conditions to also take a massive step on the timesheets, from 14th to 6th. However, Marc Marquez was keen to keep the spotlight on himself and immediately took over at the top on a medium-hard tyre combination. With those the only early changes in the timesheets, riders turned their focus back on race setup, despite conditions not being particularly relevant for race time.

Things were going to plan until Cal Crutchlow went down quite rapidly at turn 9 and the session was red flagged to fix the air fence with 17 minutes left on the clock. The British rider was unharmed and did not miss too much track time as he could restart with the rest of his colleagues. With most of the grid on soft rubber in preparation for a time attack, the battle started early and the initial exchanges were between Fabio Quartararo and Danilo Petrucci, who traded lap records.

However, there was enough time for one final time attack that unleashed chaos, the top 10 changing names every other second. Petrucci was the biggest winner, the Italian setting the first ever lap in the 1:36s on a MotoGP bike in Jerez. Marquez came up short by half a tenth, while Quartararo kept a very dignified top three position. Andrea Dovizioso and Joan Mir posted identical times in fourth and fifth, with Rins dropping to sixth but only three tenths off the leader. The Suzukis were followed by the Hondas of Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow, while Franco Morbidelli and Jorge Lorenzo snatched the final top ten positions.

Birthday boy Lorenzo was one of the first out the gates and he scored a rodeo moment at newly named Pedrosa Corner, a brief stint at the top and eventually just about held on to a Q2 place ahead of unlucky Valentino Rossi. The Italian missed out by only four hundredths of a second and will have to battle Jack Miller, The Espargaro duo and an anonymous Maverick Vinales in Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'36.957    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.018 0.061 0.061
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'37.232 0.275 0.214
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'37.292 0.335 0.060
5 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'37.292 0.335  
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'37.320 0.363 0.028
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'37.324 0.367 0.004
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'37.358 0.401 0.034
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'37.370 0.413 0.012
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'37.376 0.419 0.006
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'37.417 0.460 0.041
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'37.424 0.467 0.007
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'37.492 0.535 0.068
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'37.547 0.590 0.055
15 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'37.661 0.704 0.114
16 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'37.889 0.932 0.228
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'38.006 1.049 0.117
18 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'38.245 1.288 0.239
19 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'38.298 1.341 0.053
20 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'38.327 1.370 0.029
21 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'38.580 1.623 0.253
22 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.669 1.712 0.089
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'38.838 1.881 0.169
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'40.218 3.261 1.380
Round Number: 
4
2019
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