MotoGP

Rossi leads third Misano practice, all KTMs to Q1

Sep 12 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Valentino Rossi led a Yamaha 1-2-3 in the third MotoGP practice session at Misano, as all four KTMs were consigned to contesting Q1.

The trend of Yamaha’s single-lap dominance this weekend resumed from the opening minutes of FP3, as Fabio Quartararo led Yamaha stablemates Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli, the trio replicating the order from the combined practice classification on Friday.

Vinales then jumped into first place in the FP3 standings with 15 minutes left on the clock, but was still a tenth off Quartararo’s Friday benchmark.

A few minutes later, the Quartararo lap was finally surpassed by Jack Miller’s 1m32.129s, with Francesco Bagnaia – making his return from a fractured tibia – making it a Pramac Ducati 1-2.

But Quartararo then restored Yamaha’s advantage with the first sub-1m32s lap of the weekend, and Vinales then went a quarter of a tenth faster, with a 1m31.936s.

At that point, Rossi – who had to back out of a lap that looked easily good enough for the top 10 – was facing Q1, but the seven-time premier-class champion had enough time for one final attempt, and he surpassed Vinales by 0.075s at the chequered flag.

Quartararo completed a top three split by a tenth, with Miller best of the rest in fourth, 0.268s down, having crashed at the final corner in the closing minutes.

The two Suzukis has been outside the combined classification top 10 after Friday, but Alex Rins placed fifth and Joan Mir was sixth, both booking their Q2 spots.

Bagnaia took seventh, ahead of his 2021 Ducati works ride rival Johann Zarco – with the rider the two of them are aiming to replace, Andrea Dovizioso, in 10th behind the fourth Yamaha of Morbidelli. All the aforementioned riders will go straight into Q2.

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KTM’s Pol Espargaro was left to rue a crash in the late stages of the session and was dumped out of the direct Q2 spots by Rossi’s late improvement.

His fellow KTM riders Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona had all set in the combined top 10 after Friday but were all relegated to Q1, with Lecuona unable to bounce back after crashing with 15 minutes to go.

There were no Aprilias or Hondas making it directly to Q2 either, the former led by Aleix Espargaro in 12th and the latter by LCR rider Takaki Nakagami in 14th. Nakagami’s team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who ran in Friday practice, has been ruled out from the weekend due to complications after fascia removal surgery on his right arm.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1m31.861s
2 Maverick Viñales Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.075s +0.075s 1m31.936s
3 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.025s +0.1s 1m31.961s
4 Jack Miller Pramac Racing Ducati +0.168s +0.268s 1m32.129s
5 Alex Rins Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.077s +0.345s 1m32.206s
6 Joan Mir Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki +0.032s +0.377s 1m32.238s
7 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Racing Ducati +0.01s +0.387s 1m32.248s
8 Johann Zarco Avintia Racing Ducati +0.02s +0.407s 1m32.268s
9 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.013s +0.42s 1m32.281s
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati +0.137s +0.557s 1m32.418s
11 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.149s +0.706s 1m32.567s
12 Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.046s +0.752s 1m32.613s
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda +0.017s +0.769s 1m32.63s
14 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Team Ducati +0.065s +0.834s 1m32.695s
15 Iker Lecuona Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.007s +0.841s 1m32.702s
16 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +0.089s +0.93s 1m32.791s
17 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.209s +1.139s 1m33s
18 Alex Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.251s +1.39s 1m33.251s
19 Tito Rabat Avintia Racing Ducati +0.019s +1.409s 1m33.27s
20 Bradley Smith Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.066s +1.475s 1m33.336s
21 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.187s +1.662s 1m33.523s
22 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda
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