2020 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Quartararo Awakens

The premier class finally got a dry session in Le Mans, albeit still cool under the deceptively bright sun. After taking it very easy in the tricky conditions on Friday, Fabio Quartararo was quick to put his name back at the top of the timesheets and went on to set a fine pace. The home favourite entered the shootout in prime position and ended it there too, a tenth of a second faster than a resurgent Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli was one of his teammate’s main challengers throughout the session but had to make do with third, while showing decent pace on used rubber.

Jack Miller kick-started the yellow flag parade for the final handful of minutes with a harsh off-throttle highside at turn 8 but his best time was good enough for fourth. The yellow flags limited late progress on track but Cal Crutchlow snuck through to climb into fifth. Johann Zarco in sixth position was only three tenths off top spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who joined the gravel trap at turn four in the final couple of minutes. Maverick Vinales saw his fastest time cancelled for being set under a yellow flag and got demoted from fifth to eighth, ahead of Pol Espargaro and with Andrea Dovizioso saved by the bell/yellow flags in holding onto a top ten position.

Brad Binder missed out on Q2 places by five hundredths of a second, with Joan Mir also missing out after a late tumble at turn 3 took him out of the final time attack. Teammate Alex Rins also had on outing at busy turn 3 much earlier in the session but the outcome was the same and both Suzukis will have to go through Q1, in the company of Pecco Bagnaia, Danilo Petrucci or Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.319    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.449 0.130 0.130
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.476 0.157 0.027
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.503 0.184 0.027
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.558 0.239 0.055
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.631 0.312 0.073
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.640 0.321 0.009
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.648 0.329 0.008
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.660 0.341 0.012
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.686 0.367 0.026
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.739 0.420 0.053
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.792 0.473 0.053
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.204 0.885 0.412
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.290 0.971 0.086
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.293 0.974 0.003
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.297 0.978 0.004
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.376 1.057 0.079
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.470 1.151 0.094
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.482 1.163 0.012
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.499 1.180 0.017
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.686 1.367 0.187
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'33.757 1.438 0.071
Round Number: 
10
2020
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