2019 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales vs Marquez vs Miller

The first properly wet session of the year for the premier class came as predicted on Saturday morning at Le Mans and it saw most of the usual suspects shining under the cloud cover. The Yamahas came to the surface like earthworms after rain at the start of the session but rivals picked up some speed on the final run and it turned into a tasty Yamaha-Honda-Ducati battle. Maverick Vinales carried the flag for the blue bikes and ended the session in the lead by nearly two tenths of a second from the master of tricky conditions, Marc Marquez. In Ducati’s corner stood Jack Miller, who thrived in the wet and was the first of only three men to dip down into the 1:42s.

Alex Rins was best of the rest, showing good one lap speed in the wet but still almost a second off the fastest man and not close enough to Vinales and Marquez’s pace. However, given the drastic change of conditions overnight, FP2 times stood for the combined standings and the Spaniard will have to go through Q1 – as will Johann Zarco, who provided a late surprise for the home audience by jumping into fifth in the session. Danilo Petrucci was a couple hundredths of a second behind, with Jorge Lorenzo leaving it late to join the top seven but a full second slower than his teammate.

Pol Espargaro found himself as not the first KTM since quite a while but snuck ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, with compatriot Valentino Rossi completing the top ten. Despite an early fall, Joan Mir led the rookie brigade ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Fabio Quartararo, with the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Franco Morbidelli nearly two seconds off Vinales’ top time.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'42.498    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.678 0.180 0.180
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'42.951 0.453 0.273
4 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'43.438 0.940 0.487
5 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'43.452 0.954 0.014
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'43.487 0.989 0.035
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'43.668 1.170 0.181
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'43.715 1.217 0.047
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'43.766 1.268 0.051
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'43.857 1.359 0.091
11 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'43.942 1.444 0.085
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'44.017 1.519 0.075
13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'44.197 1.699 0.180
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'44.277 1.779 0.080
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'44.402 1.904 0.125
16 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'44.403 1.905 0.001
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'44.989 2.491 0.586
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'45.191 2.693 0.202
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'45.559 3.061 0.368
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'45.638 3.140 0.079
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'46.046 3.548 0.408
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'47.711 5.213 1.665
Round Number: 
5
2019
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