2013 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Dominates Saturday Morning

Scintillating Spanish rookie Marc Marquez finished FP3 half a second quicker than the rest of the MotoGP field. The Repsol Honda rider's stunning lap time of 1:33.600 was close to the pole position time of last years French grand prix. Jorge Lorenzo finished in second place followed by the third of the championship contenders Dani Pedrosa. Ducati continued their impressive showing for the weekend thus far with Nicky Hayden finishing the session in fourth ahead of Cal Crutchlow and his Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso. An impressive Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten. 

An initially cool track saw the likes of Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl fail to improve on their fastest lap times from Friday, while Alvaro Bautista suffered a heavy crash on the approach to the Dunlop chicane with six minutes to go in the session, Hector Barbera had a near identical spill, both riders were able to walk away. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.600    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'34.099 0.499 0.499
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'34.182 0.582 0.083
4 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati 1'34.426 0.826 0.244
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'34.467 0.867 0.041
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'34.476 0.876 0.009
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'34.597 0.997 0.121
8 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'34.786 1.186 0.189
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'34.814 1.214 0.028
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'34.990 1.390 0.176
11 14 Randy de Puniet Aprilia ART 1'35.122 1.522 0.132
12 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'35.243 1.643 0.121
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia ART 1'35.507 1.907 0.264
14 8 Hector Barbera FTR Kawasaki 1'35.565 1.965 0.058
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'35.592 1.992 0.027
16 71 Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki 1'36.265 2.665 0.673
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Suter BMW 1'36.279 2.679 0.014
18 5 Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki 1'36.658 3.058 0.379
19 17 Karel Abraham Aprilia ART 1'36.784 3.184 0.126
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Kawasaki 1'36.866 3.266 0.082
21 68 Yonny Hernandez Aprilia ART 1'37.151 3.551 0.285
22 67 Bryan Staring FTR Honda 1'37.376 3.776 0.225
23 52 Lukas Pesek Suter BMW 1'37.693 4.093 0.317
24 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'37.813 4.213 0.120

 

Round Number: 
4
2013
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Comments

As an Aussie I am obviously interesting in how Bryan Staring is going, and as the times go down at the front, so they do at the back - in FP1/2 Bryan was around 3.8 behind the fastest guy, and in FP3 he is still right there at 3.77 behind... so he is not being left behind, as such; he is improving his pace just as much as the fastest guy. Just running that far behind due to machinery.

It simply goes to show that it's not what you know, it's who you know - or perhaps, who pays you to ride for them ;)