Le Mans MotoGP: Vinales tops wet FP3, Rossi and Rins to Q1

Valentin Khorounzhiy
Motorsport

Rossi and Rins had been left outside of the combined classification top 10 on Friday, and light rain falling on the circuit ahead of Saturday morning practice meant neither got the chance to force himself back into contention for an automatic Q2 spot.

Track conditions meant riders were initially as much as 17 seconds off the pace at the start of FP3, although the pace gradually came down from there, with Vinales, Honda man Marc Marquez and Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli emerging as the class of the field in the first half of the session.

The trio were the first riders top dip below 1m45s, with Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller joining them shortly after halfway point and whittling the benchmark down to a 1m44.211s.

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With just over 10 minutes to go, the works Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso found half a second on Miller's effort, but the Italian's lead was short-lived as Marquez jumped to the top with a 1m43.437s.

The reigning champion improved by another three hundredths later on, only to be immediately dethroned by a 1m42.951s from Miller.

Vinales then went a tenth quicker than Miller, before Marquez lowered the benchmark to a 1m42.684s as the pair set out on their final laps.

But while Marquez had been ahead of Vinales after two sectors, his lap faded as the chequered flag flew, and he came up 0.180s short of his Yamaha's rival 1m42.498s effort.

Miller pitted before the end of the session and ended up a quarter of a second down on Marquez, but still comfortably secured third – with Rins in fourth almost half a second down.

KTM's Johann Zarco – who will be contesting Q1 - broke into the top five with his final attempt, while Ducati's Danilo Petrucci in sixth place was the last rider to lap within a second of Vinales.

Jorge Lorenzo (Honda), Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Dovizioso were next up, with Rossi completing the top 10, 1.4s off his works Yamaha teammate's pace.

Joan Mir, who crashed at Turn 13 during the session, took 11th for Suzuki and will join factory squadmate Rins in Q1.

Also heading to Q1 are Cal Crutchlow and Morbidelli, the LCR Honda man finishing 0.001s ahead of the satellite Yamaha to claim 15th place.

Session results

1

12

Spain
Spain

Maverick Viñales

Yamaha

21

1'42.498

146.988

2

93

Spain
Spain

Marc Marquez

Honda

20

1'42.678

0.180

146.730

3

43

Australia
Australia

Jack Miller

Ducati

14

1'42.951

0.453

146.341

4

42

Spain
Spain

Alex Rins

Suzuki

20

1'43.438

0.940

145.652

5

5

France
France

Johann Zarco

KTM

20

1'43.452

0.954

145.632

6

9

Italy
Italy

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

20

1'43.487

0.989

145.583

7

99

Spain
Spain

Jorge Lorenzo

Honda

18

1'43.668

1.170

145.329

8

44

Spain
Spain

Pol Espargaro

KTM

15

1'43.715

1.217

145.263

9

4

Italy
Italy

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

16

1'43.766

1.268

145.192

10

46

Italy
Italy

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

21

1'43.857

1.359

145.064

11

36

Spain
Spain

Joan Mir

Suzuki

16

1'43.942

1.444

144.946

12

88

Portugal
Portugal

Miguel Oliveira

KTM

18

1'44.017

1.519

144.841

13

20

France
France

Fabio Quartararo

Yamaha

21

1'44.197

1.699

144.591

14

17

Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Karel Abraham

Ducati

16

1'44.277

1.779

144.480

15

35

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Cal Crutchlow

Honda

18

1'44.402

1.904

144.307

16

21

Italy
Italy

Franco Morbidelli

Yamaha

20

1'44.403

1.905

144.306

17

63

Italy
Italy

Francesco Bagnaia

Ducati

19

1'44.989

2.491

143.500

18

30

Japan
Japan

Takaaki Nakagami

Honda

20

1'45.191

2.693

143.225

19

53

Spain
Spain

Tito Rabat

Ducati

25

1'45.559

3.061

142.725

20

41

Spain
Spain

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

13

1'45.638

3.140

142.619

21

55

Malaysia
Malaysia

Hafizh Syahrin

KTM

18

1'46.046

3.548

142.070

22

29

Italy
Italy

Andrea Iannone

Aprilia

13

1'47.711

5.213

139.874

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