2021 Styria MotoGP FP3 Result: Bagnaia Brings Ducati To The Fore

After the FP2 washout, the premier class were particularly keen to make the most of the sunny and dry conditions on Saturday morning. Improvements came quickly on the combined standings but the serious battle on fresh soft rubber started in the final 15 minutes and Pecco Bagnaia waited until the final flying lap to take control of the session and confirm Ducati’s speed around the Red Bull Ring. Two hundredths of a second behind the leader doesn’t tell the full story of Fabio Quartararo’s session, the Frenchman having half a dozen wobbles at turn 3 and just as many cancelled lap times before securing a top 10 position at the last moment. Teammate Maverick Viñales had a much easier time in FP3, leading the way on occasion, showing consistent pace and ending up pretty happy with third place.

Jorge Martin had a solid session in fourth spot, ahead of Joan Mir, who finally got his hands on Suzuki’s ride height device. Johann Zarco in sixth place was only three tenths off the lead, with Marc Marquez close behind. Aleix Espargaro was a bit slow to go quicker than on Friday but managed to climb back into eighth, ahead of Jack Miller, who was six tenths off his teammate’s top time. Friday leader Takaaki Nakagami was even slower to get up to speed but he held onto the final top 10 position.

With the top 15 riders covered by six tenths of a second, quite a few fast men will be battling it out in Q1, including Pol Espargaro, who missed out on Q2 by one hundredth of a second, the top KTM of Dani Pedrosa and the Alex duet of Rins and Marquez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'23.114    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'23.142 0.028 0.028
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'23.262 0.148 0.120
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'23.294 0.180 0.032
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.387 0.273 0.093
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'23.487 0.373 0.100
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'23.513 0.399 0.026
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'23.594 0.480 0.081
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'23.731 0.617 0.137
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.740 0.626 0.009
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'23.757 0.643 0.017
12 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'23.758 0.644 0.001
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'23.766 0.652 0.008
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'23.789 0.675 0.023
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'23.799 0.685 0.010
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.935 0.821 0.136
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.159 1.045 0.224
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'24.342 1.228 0.183
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.381 1.267 0.039
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'24.384 1.270 0.003
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'24.403 1.289 0.019
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'24.437 1.323 0.034
23 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'24.644 1.530 0.207
Round Number: 
10
2021
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