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MotoGP Austria: Marquez dominates damp FP3, Rossi to contest Q1

Posted by On August 11, 2018

MotoGP Austria: Marquez dominates damp FP3, Rossi to contest Q1

Marc Marquez dominated a damp Saturday morning MotoGP practice session in Austria, while Valentino Rossi will be forced to take part in the first part of qualifying.

The session was held under damp, drying conditions with the majority of the riders starting on wet tyres and Jorge Lorenzo dominating the early stages.

However, it only took 12 minutes for the track to be quicker on slicks when Rossi outpaced the Ducati rider.

The top time was continuously lowered before Lorenzo retook the lead with a 1m30.687s, a time still nearly seven seconds slower than Andrea Dovizioso's benchmark from Friday.

Despite the track getting drier, Lorenzo led for nearly 20 minutes when Jack Miller finally demoted him, only for Marquez to go a second faster a lap late r.

Marquez then improved significantly one more time and his 1m26.396s was unreachable for the rest of the field, ending up topping the session by 1.7s.

A trio of British riders followed Marquez with KTM's Bradley Smith taking second, ahead of Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow.

Marc VDS Honda's Tom Luthi was fifth followed by the top Ducati of Miller.

Dovizioso was seventh as the top 10 was completed by Alex Rins, Hafizh Syahrin and Maverick Vinales.

Lorenzo and Rossi were only 14th and 15th respectively and, with nobody improving on their FP1 times, the latter is forced to take part in Q1, having only finished 11th in the opening practice of the weekend.

The 10 riders to automatically make it to Q2 are the three Ducati GP18s of Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci, Honda trio Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Crutchlow, the Yamahas of Johann Zarco and Vinales, as well as Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati).

FP3 times< /h2>
1Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m26.496s-8
2Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m28.280s1.784s11
3Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m28.478s1.982s14
4Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m28.653s2.157s14
5Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m28.744s2.248s19
6Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m28.967s2.471s12
7Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m29.008s2.512s10
8Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m29.014s2.518s15
9Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m29.206s2.710s14
10Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m29.208s2.712s21
11Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m29.762s3.266s14
12Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m30.255s3.759s19
13Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m30.390s3.894s20
14Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m30.687s4.191s10
15Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m31.375s4.879s22
16Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m31.644s5.148s19
17Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m32.239s5.743s13
18Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m32.363s5.867s19
19Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m32.451s5.955s17
-Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m34.465s7.969s7
-Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m35.186s8.690s5
-Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m38.257s11.761s3
-Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati--0
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