2019 Sachsenring MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Reclaiming Territory

A warm but windy Sachsenring set the scene for FP3 and Yamahas enthusiastically sampling the gravel at turn one was a more consistent sight than any race pace on display. After Fabio Quartararo provided the early off track entertainment, the Frenchman did a long stint in the pits for some adjustments before coming out swinging and laying the benchmark for the rest of the session. The youngster’s time stood until the final 20 seconds of FP3, when the King wanted his crown back. Marc Marquez went a tenth and a half faster than the competition and within a tenth of his own lap record at his beloved track. The Honda man had another busy session of back-to-back comparisons of his two frames while setting a steady pace in the high 1:21s on a hard-soft tyre combination. In the end it was the new carbon reinforced chassis with a fresh soft rear that was the winning combination for the top of the timesheets.

Quartararo settled for second and showed to favour softs all around, making them work to similar results as his Honda nemesis, but there was some late concern in the Petronas garage as the Frenchman looked in considerable pain in his arm after a violent shake of the bike going down turn 11. Factory colleague Maverick Vinales looked less convinced by his race options and sampled various tyre combinations on his way to the top three but the Spaniard looked just as strong as his main opposition. Cal Crutchlow did not let his fresh cycling injury impede him too much and joined the top four, three tenths off the leader and not looking bad at all on used medium rubber. Alex Rins predictably wrote his name down amongst the favourites with impressive pace on a medium-hard combination which he also used to good effect for his mock qualifying run.

Franco Morbidelli in sixth spot was the final rider within half a second of the leader, while Danilo Petrucci was top Ducati in seventh position, one place ahead of Jack Miller, continuing what has been a challenging weekend for the Borgo Panigale squad. Suzuki will be much happier to see Joan Mir in ninth spot, with Pol Espargaro snatching the final direct Q2 place despite a late fall at notorious turn three.

The Q1 brigade was led by Valentino Rossi, whose updated chassis didn’t seem to work miracles and left him 11th in the combined standings, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Takaaki Nakagami and Andrea Dovizioso, in what is turning into a weekend to forget for the Ducati leader. To finish with some good news, a fit Pecco Bagnaia was back in action in FP3 after his quick hospital visit on Friday.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.347    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'20.515 0.168 0.168
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'20.634 0.287 0.119
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'20.653 0.306 0.019
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'20.679 0.332 0.026
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'20.833 0.486 0.154
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'20.867 0.520 0.034
8 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'20.891 0.544 0.024
9 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'20.986 0.639 0.095
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'21.019 0.672 0.033
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.026 0.679 0.007
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.086 0.739 0.060
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'21.125 0.778 0.039
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.184 0.837 0.059
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'21.375 1.028 0.191
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'21.381 1.034 0.006
17 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'21.435 1.088 0.054
18 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'21.443 1.096 0.008
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'21.611 1.264 0.168
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'21.832 1.485 0.221
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'21.972 1.625 0.140
22 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'22.150 1.803 0.178
Round Number: 
9
2019
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