2017 Motegi MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Leads As Viñales Loses Out

Saturday morning was still wet as it welcomed the premier class riders but at least it didn’t soak them to the core this time around.

Danilo Petrucci was the early leader, about two seconds off the Friday benchmark, as teams bided their time and their tyre allocation. With most rivals back in the pits, Marc Marquez struck and found another six tenths before some more drizzle returned to worry riders looking for a Q2 spot. Andrea Iannone was the first rider to get within a second of the Friday time in the final twenty minutes but conditions still looked uncertain for Q2 hopefuls.

The final ten minutes saw the extra soft rear tyre finally getting some airtime but Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were still disputing the lead of the session on the “traditional” soft. The duo were amongst the few not to try on the extra soft but that didn’t make much of a difference, Marquez continuing to improve his time at the top and getting within three tenths of his Friday time to lead FP3.

Behind the world champion, the first big mover on the extra soft was Valentino Rossi, the Italian jumping into fifth place on the combined standings in the final two minutes. That also brought him a second position in the session, only three hundredths of a second behind Marquez. Rossi’s late resurgence was Cal Crutchlow’s misfortune, the British rider dropping out of the combined top ten after not finding his feet on the extra soft rear.

With riders struggling to improve, many of the Friday times still stood, Andrea Dovizioso retaining the lead of the combined standings, ahead of Marquez, despite being thirteenth in the session. Aleix Espargaro showed a bit more consistence, third overall and fifth in the session. Jorge Lorenzo eventually dropped back to fourth in the session to match his combined time.

With Rossi fifth, Johann Zarco saved his sixth spot overall and added an eighth place in FP3. Iannone featured heavily in the FP3 action with a third on the timesheets but the Italian could not improve on the time that scored him seventh place overall. Danilo Petrucci also ensured a direct Q2 ticket despite only being eleventh in the session, while Dani Pedrosa was ninth on both standings. The last man to get straight to Q2 was Alex Rins, the extra soft working wonders for the Spaniard.

The biggest name to join the unlucky list was Maverick Viñales, the factory Yamaha man unable to find great speed on either tyre, which saw him finish fourteenth on the combined standings and with an upcoming Q1 date.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.254    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'55.283 0.029 0.029
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'55.499 0.245 0.216
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'55.558 0.304 0.059
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'55.655 0.401 0.097
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'56.139 0.885 0.484
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'56.218 0.964 0.079
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'56.257 1.003 0.039
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.267 1.013 0.010
10 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'56.281 1.027 0.014
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'56.329 1.075 0.048
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'56.354 1.100 0.025
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.383 1.129 0.029
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.498 1.244 0.115
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.787 1.533 0.289
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'56.840 1.586 0.053
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'57.218 1.964 0.378
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'57.237 1.983 0.019
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'57.247 1.993 0.010
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'57.405 2.151 0.158
21 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'57.463 2.209 0.058
22 31 Kohta NOZANE Yamaha 1'57.497 2.243 0.034
23 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha 1'58.528 3.274 1.031
24 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'58.730 3.476 0.202


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