2019 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: Rins Shines On Home Playground

The cloudless sky and significantly cleaner track surface meant that it took no time whatsoever for Marc Marquez to bring down Friday’s benchmark before things settled for long runs on different combinations of the soft and medium compounds almost throughout the field. Fabio Quartararo brought some excitement in the final 15 minutes with some fresh rubber helping him help himself to the first 1:39 time of the weekend and laying down the gauntlet ahead of the top ten shoothout. Alex Rins wasn’t particularly impressed and swiftly went a couple hundredths of a second faster.

The usual shootout left it a bit late to bring the excitement after a difficult five minutes for the Petronas squad brought out yellow flags, Franco Morbidelli suffering a vicious highside in turn 13 and Quartararo taking his first gentle tumble in the premier class at turn two. That left rivals with only a couple of flying laps to make a difference and to Suzuki’s joy, they failed to dethrone the leader, Rins still leading the way at the checkered flag. Despite his late tumble, Quartararo kept second position but was nowhere near as happy as Cal Crutchlow to finally see the top three in such a close field.

The factory Yamahas enjoyed some time in the sunshine, Valentino Rossi returning to the garage with a big smile on his face after a welcome fourth position, less than two tenths off the lead and three hundredths ahead of teammate Maverick Viñales. Andrea Dovizioso in sixth left it really late to claim sixth as top Ducati, with Pol Espargaro making the KTM a familiar occurrence in the top ten.

The last time Danilo Petrucci and Marc Marquez took a checkered flag so close to one another it was for the win in Mugello rather than eighth and ninth in FP3 but both riders had a less than ideal morning. The Italian was one of the last men to improve on his Friday benchmark, while Marquez didn’t quite make the best of his time attack and had some arms to wave in his teammate's direction. Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo made good on his promise that the trip to Japan would make a difference and managed to secure the final Q2 spot available, leaving Jack Miller, Takaaki Nakagami, Morbidelli and Joan Mir to fight off Aleix Espargaro and Pecco Bagnaia in Q1.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'39.547    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'39.583 0.036 0.036
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.711 0.164 0.128
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.722 0.175 0.011
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.756 0.209 0.034
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.769 0.222 0.013
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.857 0.310 0.088
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.918 0.371 0.061
9 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.923 0.376 0.005
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'39.949 0.402 0.026
11 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.967 0.420 0.018
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'40.067 0.520 0.100
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'40.079 0.532 0.012
14 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'40.158 0.611 0.079
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.366 0.819 0.208
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'40.454 0.907 0.088
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'40.582 1.035 0.128
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.761 1.214 0.179
19 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'40.942 1.395 0.181
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.996 1.449 0.054
21 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.023 1.476 0.027
22 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.102 1.555 0.079
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'41.115 1.568 0.013
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.498 1.951 0.383
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Eleven riders faster than the lap record !

That's mighty rapid! Jorge Lorenzo only set the lap record last year riding the red missile to victory.

Sixteen within 0.907.

How quick will qualifying be?

We are so privileged to be race fans now.