2013 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Results: Sensational Marquez Leads Frantic Session

Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez continues to show phenomenal speed in his debut MotoGP season, topping FP3 with a blistering time of 1:41.853. The Spaniard headed a hectic session that saw the top three riders lap in the 1:41 bracket and be split by a tenth of a second. Nicky Hayden put in a scintillating one-off lap to finish in second place ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was the first rider to dip into the 1:41's and looks in fine form heading into the race on Sunday. 

Friday's pace setter Valentino Rossi ended up in fourth ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo was hampered by a low speed crash under braking at turn five early on in proceedings. The World Champion will look to bounce back in qualifying later today. Stefan Bradl, Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten, which was covered by only nine tenths of a second. 

Hiroshi Aoyama was the only other crasher in the session, the Japanese rider had a big shunt in the closing stages. Thankfully he was able to walk away from the high-speed incident. Meanwhile Prototype riders Bradley Smith, Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone will have to battle it out in QP1 for a place in QP2 after finishing eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth places respectively. 


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.853    
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'41.916 0.063 0.063
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'41.987 0.134 0.071
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.009 0.156 0.022
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'42.064 0.211 0.055
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'42.166 0.313 0.102
7 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'42.258 0.405 0.092
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.345 0.492 0.087
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'42.582 0.729 0.237
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'42.795 0.942 0.213
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'42.957 1.104 0.162
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'42.970 1.117 0.013
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'43.106 1.253 0.136
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'43.260 1.407 0.154
15 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'43.652 1.799 0.392
16 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'43.942 2.089 0.290
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'44.167 2.314 0.225
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'44.434 2.581 0.267
19 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'45.136 3.283 0.702
20 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'45.252 3.399 0.116
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'45.407 3.554 0.155
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'45.612 3.759 0.205
23 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'45.686 3.833 0.074
24 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'46.037 4.184 0.351


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Marquez is going to be killer next season the way he is going. The calls for a championship win in his rookie season are not totally uncalled for but IMHO that's not going to happen. Once he gets a lay of the land this season he will be a top contender next year. A seemingly fearless rider on the best motorcycle, I wouldn't mind eating a humble pie if he proves otherwise this season, as that would result in some good battles on the track, the kind that we fans have been missing for a good 2-3 years now.

Espargaro continues to impress.

I wonder why no one seems to be interested in picking him up.

Also, I'd love to hear more about the technicalities of the CRTs and also just the teams in general. Very interesting machines.

Looking at the analysis, it seems pretty clear most of the top six put in their fast time on a soft rear. Marquez was doing 43s, then he stops for a bit, then goes out, does a 41.9 then a 41.8 and after that his times get progressively slower: 42.2; 42.5; 42.4; 42.7. By contrast, Lorenzo rattled off 10 laps in the 42s...

Did Crutchlow stick to race tyres throughout, it seems as if he may have. But it looks as if Marquez, Pedrosa, Hayden and Rossi all did their best times with a soft rear, same as Friday.