Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro led the way in the third practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone.
> Espargaro near lap record
> Aprilia and Ducati shine
> No Hondas or KTM heading directly to Q2
Espargaro flirted with beating Marc Marquez’s MotoGP lap record of the legendary British venue on his first rear soft-tyre run in the closing stages of the session, but came up just short with his 1m58.245s.
He was unable to improve subsequently on his second run but held on to the lead, ending up 0.028s clear of a last-second push lap from Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin.
Martin’s team-mate Johann Zarco was on lap record pace when he crashed at the Village corner late on, bringing out yellow flags that disrupted several other laps.
Zarco wound up fourth, with Ducati’s Jack Miller right ahead of him and both within a tenth of Espargaro.
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The other Aprilia of Maverick Vinales completed the top five, albeit thee tenths off the pace, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) was close behind in sixth.
Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, seventh, took issue with Espargaro when the presence of the Aprilia on the outside caught him out coming through Village and compromised his lap – but after a heated initial exchange the pair very quickly buried the hatchet during the practice laps.
The two Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins both booked Q2 spots, as did VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini, who followed Rins on his fastest lap.
Among those who will have to contest Q1 later today are all four Honda riders and all four KTM riders. The top KTM was Miguel Oliveira in 14th, while Honda was led by departing LCR rider Alex Marquez a spot below.
Also missing out was Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini, who ran Ducati’s new rear winglets on Friday with Martin and, unlike Martin, stuck with them for FP3.
Practice 3 Results
|Pos||Name||Team||Bike||Gap Next||Gap Leader||Best Time|
|1||Aleix Espargaró||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1m58.254s|
|2||Jorge Martin||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+0.028s||+0.028s||1m58.282s|
|3||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||+0.05s||+0.078s||1m58.332s|
|4||Johann Zarco||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+0.012s||+0.09s||1m58.344s|
|5||Maverick Viñales||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||+0.231s||+0.321s||1m58.575s|
|6||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+0.044s||+0.365s||1m58.619s|
|7||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||+0.006s||+0.371s||1m58.625s|
|8||Joan Mir||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+0.032s||+0.403s||1m58.657s|
|9||Luca Marini||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||+0.006s||+0.409s||1m58.663s|
|10||Alex Rins||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+0.066s||+0.475s||1m58.729s|
|11||Marco Bezzecchi||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||+0.182s||+0.657s||1m58.911s|
|12||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||+0.016s||+0.673s||1m58.927s|
|13||Franco Morbidelli||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+0.079s||+0.752s||1m59.006s|
|14||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.06s||+0.812s||1m59.066s|
|15||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda Castrol||Honda||+0.044s||+0.856s||1m59.11s|
|16||Pol Espargaró||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.115s||+0.971s||1m59.225s|
|17||Andrea Dovizioso||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||+0.015s||+0.986s||1m59.24s|
|18||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||+0.245s||+1.231s||1m59.485s|
|19||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.046s||+1.277s||1m59.531s|
|20||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||+0.092s||+1.369s||1m59.623s|
|21||Remy Gardner||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.026s||+1.395s||1m59.649s|
|22||Stefan Bradl||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.166s||+1.561s||1m59.815s|
|23||Raul Fernandez||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.25s||+1.811s||2m0.065s|
|24||Darryn Binder||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||+0.574s||+2.385s||2m0.639s|