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Bagnaia leads Yamaha trio in FP3, Dovizioso to Q1

Sep 19 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Francesco Bagnaia led a trio of Yamahas in the third practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano, as championship leader Andrea Dovizioso was consigned to Q1.

Bagnaia went below the Misano MotoGP lap record, but then crashed in the final minutes of the session, limping away from the site of the accident. The Italian had only returned to MotoGP action last weekend from an absence necessitated by a tibia fracture.

KTM rider Pol Espargaro led Bagnaia by 0.002s at the top of the timesheets for much of the session, with Bagnaia’s time already proving good enough to nudge him into the combined practice top 10 at that point – the Pramac man having ended Friday on course for Q1.

Espargaro then dipped into the 1m31s margin after equipping the soft tyres, but remained three tenths short of Friday pace, and was soon surpassed by Dovizioso (Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) in quick succession.

Mir lowered the session benchmark to a 1m31.722s with 10 minuets left to go, but this was still not enough to surpass Brad Binder’s FP2-topping lap.

However, that benchmark was demolished by Bagnaia a few moments later, the Pramac rider firing in a 1m31.127s to go well below not only Binder’s Friday lap, but also the pole record set by Maverick Vinales the prior weekend.

Though Bagnaia then crashed on his final run, his time would go unmatched, although Vinales – who appeared to be very unhappy with his initial runs in FP3 – lapped just 0.058s slower at the chequered flag.

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The Petronas Yamaha duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli made up the top four, 0.232s and 0.302s behind Bagnaia respectively.

A late improvement from Mir elevated him to fifth, with Valentino Rossi making it four Yamahas in Q2 in sixth and Danilo Petrucci being the sole works Ducati to secure an automatic Q2 berth in seventh.

Petrucci’s championship-leading team-mate Dovizioso was only 13th, just under two tenths behind Petrucci.

Nakagami settled for eighth, and progressed to Q2 automatically on the strength of his Friday time – as did the works KTM duo of Binder and Espargaro, the latter crashing at Turn 6 late in the session, around a minute before Bagnaia fell at the same corner.

Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro both made the top 10 in FP3 but will still have to contest Q1.

Miller had crashed after passing Tech3 KTM rider Iker Lecuona into Turn 1 on what was his very first flying lap in the session.

Lecuona’s team-mate Miguel Oliveira was the only other rider to crash, falling late on at Turn 15.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Racing Ducati 1m31.127s
2 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.058s +0.058s 1m31.185s
3 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.174s +0.232s 1m31.359s
4 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.07s +0.302s 1m31.429s
5 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.197s +0.499s 1m31.626s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.054s +0.553s 1m31.68s
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.021s +0.574s 1m31.701s
8 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.052s +0.626s 1m31.753s
9 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati +0.007s +0.633s 1m31.76s
10 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.03s +0.663s 1m31.79s
11 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati +0.036s +0.699s 1m31.826s
12 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.034s +0.733s 1m31.86s
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +0.034s +0.767s 1m31.894s
14 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.068s +0.835s 1m31.962s
15 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.216s +1.051s 1m32.178s
16 Iker Lecuona Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.051s +1.102s 1m32.229s
17 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.031s +1.133s 1m32.26s
18 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.118s +1.251s 1m32.378s
19 Bradley Smith Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.643s +1.894s 1m33.021s
20 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +0.027s +1.921s 1m33.048s
Francesco Bagnaia, Motogp, Emilia Romagna Motogp, 18 September 2020

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