Marquez completes practice sweep

Marquez completes practice sweep


Marquez completes practice sweep


Marc Marquez completed a clean sweep of MotoGP Misano practice by dominating the third session on Saturday morning.

The Spaniard became the only man to break into the 1m33s bracket midway through the morning, which was enough to earn him top spot for a third straight session by just over one tenth of a second.

His Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa once again led the challengers, but fell just after setting his own best late in the session.

Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were third and fourth, although the former pitted several times complaining of rear grip problems.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was the last man to get within half a second of Marquez in fifth, with Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Iannone rounding out the top eight.

The latter’s late lap secured an automatic entry into Q2, and meant that Michele Pirro, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith all missed out and must go through via Q1.

Crutchlow, who has started from pole twice this year, never managed to break into the overall top 10 despite just half a second covering fifth through to 12th at times during the session.

The Briton eventually ended third practice 11th, right behind Aleix Espargaro, who secured his Q2 spot yesterday when he went fifth fastest.

Nicky Hayden, ninth in practice three, also progresses automatically.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 1m33.975s 2.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 1m34.124s  +0.149s 3.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                1m34.224s  +0.249s 4.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                1m34.357s  +0.382s 5.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                1m34.448s  +0.473s 6.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         1m34.569s  +0.594s 7.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             1m34.635s  +0.660s 8.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         1m34.731s  +0.756s 9.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                1m34.822s  +0.847s10.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia         1m34.824s  +0.849s11.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m34.908s  +0.933s12.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         1m35.063s  +1.088s13.  Michele Pirro     Pramac Ducati         1m35.280s  +1.305s14.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Suter0BMW        1m35.731s  +1.756s15.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m35.737s  +1.762s16.  Colin Edwards     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m35.977s  +2.002s17.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  1m36.014s  +2.039s18.  Claudio Corti     Forward FTR-Kawasaki  1m36.412s  +2.437s19.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia         1m36.623s  +2.648s20.  Yonny Hernandez   PBM Aprilia           1m36.831s  +2.856s21.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Aprilia       1m37.145s  +3.170s22.  Bryan Staring     Gresini FTR-Honda     1m37.353s  +3.378s23.  Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           1m37.875s  +3.900s24.  Lukas Pesek       Ioda-Suter-BMW        1m37.903s  +3.928s

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