2018 Jerez MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Doing Marquez Things

The sun in Jerez shone brighter for some than others on Saturday morning. The first run was a tentative display where Marc Marquez subtly retrieved top spot from Cal Crutchlow on the combined standings. Crutchlow fired back on new mediums on his second run but the world champion put on soft rubber shoes for the first time this weekend in the final seven minutes of the session and shot to the top of the timing screens with the fastest lap ever around the Spanish track.

Behind him, the chaos started to unfold with new tires all around. Crutchlow’s early lap was enough to secure him second position, while Andrea Iannone waited until his final run to improve on his Friday time and climb from outside the top ten into third position. The Italian was the final rider to dip into the 1:37s.

Johann Zarco had a similar morning, eventually saving a fourth place ahead of the lead Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard was followed by an impressive Jack Miller, both Ducatis about half a second down on the leader of the session. Valentino Rossi looked like he was in more trouble than his teammate throughout the session but the Italian came through in characteristic fashion and eventually secured a top seven position.

Dani Pedrosa was another of the late improvers, the Repsol Honda man finishing eighth, ahead of Danilo Petrucci in ninth. The final top ten spot went to Alex Rins, the Suzuki man being the one to push the championship leader into eleventh position.

Andrea Dovizioso drew the short straw in the final shootout but the Italian did not look like challenging the top men throughout the session. He will be in elite company later today in Q1, with Maverick Viñales twelfth and Aleix Espargaro thirteenth in FP3. They might face serious competition from Tito Rabat, the Spaniard showing good speed by sneaking into the top five early in the session, before a crash in turn six impeded his progress.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.702    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'37.973 0.271 0.271
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'37.989 0.287 0.016
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'38.163 0.461 0.174
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'38.185 0.483 0.022
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'38.224 0.522 0.039
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'38.340 0.638 0.116
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'38.366 0.664 0.026
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'38.462 0.760 0.096
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'38.468 0.766 0.006
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.511 0.809 0.043
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'38.531 0.829 0.020
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'38.550 0.848 0.019
14 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'38.714 1.012 0.164
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'38.746 1.044 0.032
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'38.772 1.070 0.026
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'38.792 1.090 0.020
18 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'38.942 1.240 0.150
19 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'38.982 1.280 0.040
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.066 1.364 0.084
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'39.103 1.401 0.037
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'39.238 1.536 0.135
23 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'39.488 1.786 0.250
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'39.644 1.942 0.156
25 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'40.234 2.532 0.590
Round Number: 
4
2018
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