2021 Austin MotoGP FP3 Result: Miller Miles Ahead

Saturday morning in Texas was still dry and hot, albeit quite overcast, and it allowed the premier class another physically-demanding battle for the top 10. There was no major movement on the timesheets early on but the time attack eventually hotted up for the final handful of minutes, with Jack Miller ending FP3 on a high, almost seven tenths of a second ahead of the opposition. Only five rivals managed to finish the session within a second of the Ducati man, with Takaaki Nakagami as the main challenger. The LCR man spent the session in the top three and with a brief stint at the top, before dropping to second, ahead of Alex Rins. The Suzuki man’s late charge promoted him to third, ahead of Friday headliner Marc Marquez, who was in no rush to swap to fresh rubber until the final few minutes, when he recovered some ground to claim fourth.

Johann Zarco and compatriot Fabio Quartararo were the final riders posting a time within a second of Miller’s, with Pol Espargaro another tenth back in seventh place. Brad Binder’s late attack pushed teammate Miguel Oliveira out of the top 10, while the Ducatis of Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin just about held onto a ticket directly into Q2.

Enea Bastianini briefly looked like securing another trip to Q2 but got demoted at the last minute and will be in good company in Q1, from world champion Joan Mir in particular. The Spaniard dipped in and out of the top 10 throughout the session and the carousel stopped with him in 13th position, only a hundredth of a second ahead of a still-convalescent Franco Morbidelli. Aleix Espargaro’s bad time in Texas continues, the Aprilia man crashing out at turn 12 on an outlap, before making his final bid for the top 10, and dropping to 20th overall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 2'02.923    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'03.602 0.679 0.679
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2'03.727 0.804 0.125
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'03.804 0.881 0.077
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2'03.823 0.900 0.019
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2'03.867 0.944 0.044
7 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2'04.020 1.097 0.153
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 2'04.040 1.117 0.020
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2'04.125 1.202 0.085
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2'04.197 1.274 0.072
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'04.260 1.337 0.063
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'04.427 1.504 0.167
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'04.494 1.571 0.067
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2'04.510 1.587 0.016
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'04.860 1.937 0.350
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2'04.890 1.967 0.030
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 2'05.310 2.387 0.420
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2'05.539 2.616 0.229
19 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2'05.558 2.635 0.019
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'05.928 3.005 0.370
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 2'06.050 3.127 0.122
Round Number: 
15
2021
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So impressive. RD wiggles down the front straight, onto the dragstrip, at a ton was nothing like this..