2021 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Morbidelli Tops, Miller Tumbles

With track surface sizzling at over 45 degrees Celsius, there was not much learning to be done on Saturday afternoon in Qatar. Jack Miller's FP2 time was unchallenged at the top of the combined standings but an early tumble at turn 15 allowed Franco Morbidelli to take the laurels in FP3. The Italian started the session at the top and finished there too, with a brief interruption from former teammate Fabio Quartararo. Aleix Espargaro came within two tenths of a second of challenging Morbidelli but ended the session in the gravel trap at turn six.

Rookie Luca Marini made his presence known inside the top three of FP3, while Alex Rins and Quartararo completed the top five, the duo also safely in Q2. World champion Joan Mir climbed up to sixth position but will still have to join Q1 once night falls. Takaaki Nakagami, Maverick Vinales, Stefan Bradl and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten positions, but only the Spaniard has a Q2 ticket in his name.

Also joining the action straight in Q2 will be Valentino Rossi, Pol Espargaro, Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco, the group not getting much airtime on Friday afternoon and finishing outside the top 15 positions in the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.676    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.841 0.165 0.165
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.855 0.179 0.014
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.914 0.238 0.059
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.070 0.394 0.156
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.077 0.401 0.007
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.085 0.409 0.008
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.103 0.427 0.018
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.207 0.531 0.104
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.261 0.585 0.054
11 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.366 0.690 0.105
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.517 0.841 0.151
13 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.704 1.028 0.187
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.784 1.108 0.080
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.791 1.115 0.007
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.834 1.158 0.043
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.916 1.240 0.082
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.923 1.247 0.007
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.978 1.302 0.055
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.996 1.320 0.018
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.166 1.490 0.170
22 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'56.653 1.977 0.487
Round Number: 
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2021
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