2014 Argentina MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Leads, The Pack Closes In

Marc Marquez again set the fastest practice lap but this time not by the margin he held during the previous practices. The points leader's FP3 time of 1'39.171 -- his fastest of the weekend -- was slightly more than one-tenth faster than second-fastest Dani Pedrosa, his Repsol Honda teammate.

Valentino Rossi finished FP3 at the new Argentina circuit as the third fastest rider and top Yamaha at two-tenths behind Marquez. Aleix Espargaro, another two-tenths back, grabbed fourth after holding second for much of the session. Andrea Dovizioso, who spent most of the practice mid pack, put in a fast lap at the end of the session to climb into fifth, a little more than half a second from the leader.

Marquez led most of the session. But while his closest pursurer -- Pedrosa -- still remains a tenth back, the outcome of FP3 serves as good news for any top rider not named Marquez. At the end of Friday's FP2, the Spanish champion held a full second advantage over second place and was nearly than two seconds clear from sixth place onward. Moreover, he led the slpit times in every sector of the 4.8 km (2.986 mi.) track.

During Saturday's FP3 however, Marquez led only in two of the track's four timing sectors and pack had considerably closed the gap. Stefan Bradl (6th) was six-tenths shy of the top with Jorge Lorenzo (7th) another one-hundredth back. Rounding out the top ten and earning the right to skip the first qualifying practice were Andrea Iannone (8th), Alvaro Bautista (9th) and Pol Espargaro (10th).

Riders 11 through 23 will head into Q1 with the top two advancing into Q2 which will set the front of the grid.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.171  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.330 0.159 / 0.159
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.458 0.287 / 0.128
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 1'39.573 0.402 / 0.115
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.757 0.586 / 0.184
6 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'39.771 0.600 / 0.014
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'39.782 0.611 / 0.011
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.050 0.879 / 0.268
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'40.223 1.052 / 0.173
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'40.422 1.251 / 0.199
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'40.575 1.404 / 0.153
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'40.802 1.631 / 0.227
13 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 1'40.950 1.779 / 0.148
14 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'41.142 1.971 / 0.192
15 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'41.193 2.022 / 0.051
16 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'41.457 2.286 / 0.264
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'41.552 2.381 / 0.095
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 1'41.904 2.733 / 0.352
19 23 Broc PARKES PBM 1'41.935 2.764 / 0.031
20 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'41.958 2.787 / 0.023
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 1'42.419 3.248 / 0.461
22 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 1'42.482 3.311 / 0.063
23 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'42.932 3.761 / 0.450

 

Round Number: 
3
2014
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