Miller quickest in FP3, A. Espargaro into Q1
5 Ducati riders inside a tenth of a second on the high of the timesheet
Jack Miller is quickest in a super-tight, all-Ducati high 5 after MotoGP™ FP3 on the Gran Premio Animoca Manufacturers de Aragon. Miller set the tempo with a 1:46.992 and fellow Ducati Lenovo Group rider Francesco Bagnaia was solely 0.030 seconds slower on his private greatest lap. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Group), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™), and Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) rounded out the highest 5, with the previous two combining to knock Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro out of the highest 10 on the finish of the session. Espargaro will type a part of an all-star Q1 later as we speak at Motorland Aragon which may also embody the Repsol Honda Group’s Marc Marquez.
Bologna bullets on the tempo as Espargaro misses out
Martin had been quickest on the finish of Friday on a 1:47.402 and he got here tantalisingly near enhancing when he checked in with a 1:47.403 simply inside the ultimate quarter-hour of FP3. Nevertheless, it was Miller who lastly shifted the benchmark when he rode his Desmosedici to a 1:46.992 with new mushy Michelin slicks on the entrance and rear. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Vitality Yamaha MotoGP™) and Brad Binder (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing) then had turns in second place earlier than Bagnaia made his place in Q2 protected with a 1:47.022 after the chequered flag had come out.
Bezzecchi and Bastianini left it even later than Bagnaia had, setting a 1:47.048 and a 1:47.057 respectively. Whereas these efforts pushed Martin all the way in which again to fifth – even when he was solely 0.090 seconds slower than Miller! – the larger story was the #41 Aprilia. Espargaro had crashed in every of the Friday periods and whereas they appeared like minor mishaps, the Argentina GP winner was having a wrestle to decisively clinch a spot within the high 10. As soon as Bezzecchi and Bastianini broke into the highest 10, the Spaniard was out, ending the session categorised eleventh on a 1:47.321.
There was higher information for Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing, which received each of its riders into the Q2 shootout – Binder completed sixth on a 1:47.167 and Miguel Oliveira claimed seventh on a 1:47.224. Additionally into the highest 10 had been Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), and Alex Rins (Group Suzuki Ecstar) – at solely 0.280 seconds off the tempo – regardless of the latter’s late crash at Flip 5.
Talking of crashes, Marc Marquez saved one in sensation style when he skated via Flip 17 on his left elbow throughout his first run. Whereas the eight-time World Champion was delighting the followers once more, he would hit the deck on his second run with a front-end lose at Flip 7. Fortuitously, the Spaniard was instantly jogging away from the scene to hitch a scooter trip again to the pits. Marquez couldn’t get again into the highest 10, ending twelfth on a 1:47.429, however don’t guess towards him making it into Q2 through the lengthy route this afternoon. Others to observe in Q1 embody Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Group), Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing), and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing).
Earlier than then, riders get to tune up their race packages in FP4 – tune in from 13:30 (GMT +2)!
MotoGP™ High 10:
1. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Group) – 1:46.992
2. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Group) + 0.030
3. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Group) + 0.056
4. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) + 0.065
5. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) + 0.090
6. Brad Binder (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing) + 0.175
7. Miguel Oliveira (Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing) + 0.232
8. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Vitality Yamaha MotoGP™) + 0.266
9. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) + 0.274
10. Alex Rins (Group Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.280