Brno MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP3, Dovizioso to Q1

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Lewis Duncan
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Just 0.257 seconds covered the top 10 at Brno on Saturday morning, with Petronas Yamahah’s Morbidelli edging late-improver Johann Zarco on the Avintia Ducati by 0.016s at the chequered flag.

 

The individual timesheet saw Zarco occupy top spot early on on his Avintia Ducati with a 1m56.631s, with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro chasing him with a 1m56.728s lap that put him sixth on the combined times.

 

But four minutes later Morbidelli smashed the field with best lap of the weekend so far, the Petronas Yamaha rider firing in a 1m56.037s to go over four tenths clear of the field.

Morbidelli has been one of the few riders this weekend who hasn’t looked unsettled over Brno’s vicious bumps, with his race pace on Friday one of the strongest.

Alex Rins on the Suzuki was Morbidelli’s nearest challenger until the final five minutes, when the Petronas rider’s mentor and future teammate Valentino Rossi jumped up the order with a 1m56.336s.

A flurry of late flying laps shuffled the order dramatically, with Rossi being shoved to the praecipes just moments after going second.

 

KTM’s Pol Espargaro followed the Petronas rider late on to jump up to fourth with a 1m56.140s, with Rossi’s final effort putting him into a safe fifth.

Aleix Espargaro followed Maverick Vinales around in the closing stages to produce a 1m56.183s, which was initially good enough for second, and ensured direct passage into Q2 despite being shuffled to sixth come the chequered flag.

Mir was seventh ahead of Crutchlow, with Vinales and Danilo Petrucci on the factory Ducati taking the final Q2 spots.

Crutchlow and Petrucci’s late charges pushed Rins, LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami – who topped FP1 – Dovizioso and Pramac’s Miller into the Q1 group.

Tech 3 KTM’s Miguel Oliveira was heading for a Q2 place late when he crashed at the penultimate corner, and ended up 18th as a result.

His teammate Iker Lecuona completed the depleted field in 21st after Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia was ruled out with a knee fracture suffered in a crash in FP2.

:

1

Italy

Franco Morbidelli

Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'56.037

2

France

Johann Zarco

Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

1'56.053

0.016

3

France

Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'56.134

0.097

4

Spain

Pol Espargaro

KTM RC16

KTM

1'56.140

0.103

5

Italy

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'56.150

0.113

6

Spain

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

1'56.183

0.146

7

Spain

Joan Mir

Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

1'56.261

0.224

8

United Kingdom

Cal Crutchlow

Honda RC213V

Honda

1'56.263

0.226

9

Spain

Maverick Viñales

Yamaha YZR-M1

Yamaha

1'56.282

0.245

10

Italy

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'56.294

0.257

11

Spain

Alex Rins

Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki

1'56.355

0.318

12

Japan

Takaaki Nakagami

Honda RC213V

Honda

1'56.457

0.420

13

Italy

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'56.521

0.484

14

Australia

Jack Miller

Ducati Desmosedici GP20

Ducati

1'56.590

0.553

15

South Africa

Brad Binder

KTM RC16

KTM

1'56.713

0.676

16

Spain

Tito Rabat

Ducati Desmosedici GP19

Ducati

1'57.031

0.994

17

United Kingdom

Bradley Smith

Aprilia RS-GP

Aprilia

1'57.052

1.015

18

Portugal

Miguel Oliveira

KTM RC16

KTM

1'57.071

1.034

19

Spain

Alex Marquez

Honda RC213V

Honda

1'57.335

1.298

20

Germany

Stefan Bradl

Honda RC213V

Honda

1'57.509

1.472

21

Spain

Iker Lecuona

KTM RC16

KTM

1'57.569

1.532

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