2020 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Quartararo Out To Impress

The decisive FP3 session for the premier class hotted up under the sun of Andalucia and under the pressure of Q2 worthy performances. Perhaps the man under most pressure, Fabio Quartararo had some ground to make up after a tricky Friday and showed signs of improvement early into FP3 but the Frenchman put his magic touch at the top of combined standings with 20 minutes left of the session, when he set a new all time lap record around the Spanish track. Jack Miller came close to challenging that but had to make do with second, half a tenth off the leader and another half tenth keeping him ahead of a splendid performance from Joan Mir, who joined the exclusive 1:36 club of the top three.

Marc Marquez was one of the few riders not to have improved his time going into the final time attack but he left it late to swap to new rubber and climbed safely into fourth. He could not quite challenge the youngsters ahead but did get some unwelcome attention from Alex Rins, who stumbled across the slower Honda on his final flying lap. Maverick Vinales was next in line in fifth spot, two tenths off his future teammate and narrowly ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Franco Morbidelli.

Valentino Rossi pulled another rabbit out of the hat and joined the Q2 lineup late in the session, together with disciple Pecco Bagnaia. Andrea Dovizioso caused the stress levels in the Ducati garage to spike as he left it until the very last lap to sneak into the top ten, pushing Pol Espargaro out of Q2 spots. The KTM man will battle an irritated Rins and the likes of Danilo Petrucci and Takaaki Nakagami in the first qualifying session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'36.806    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'36.858 0.052 0.052
3 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'36.908 0.102 0.050
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.029 0.223 0.121
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'37.046 0.240 0.017
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'37.099 0.293 0.053
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'37.112 0.306 0.013
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'37.130 0.324 0.018
9 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'37.171 0.365 0.041
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'37.185 0.379 0.014
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'37.223 0.417 0.038
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'37.307 0.501 0.084
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'37.363 0.557 0.056
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'37.462 0.656 0.099
15 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'37.629 0.823 0.167
16 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'37.655 0.849 0.026
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'37.701 0.895 0.046
18 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'37.749 0.943 0.048
19 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.761 0.955 0.012
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'37.783 0.977 0.022
21 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.071 1.265 0.288
22 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'38.229 1.423 0.158
Round Number: 
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2020
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