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Marquez responds to top FP3

 Marquez responds to top FP3

Marc Marquez tops the crucial FP3 session, as Andrea Dovizioso misses out on automatic qualification to Q2.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez fought back after finishing second in an epic duel with Jorge Lorenzo on Friday to top the vital FP3 session in ideal conditions (34ºC Track Temp) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (12th) was the biggest casualty to miss out on the top ten and will have to take part in Q1 as less than a second separated the top 13 riders.

Marquez set a 1’32.392 to top the timesheets just ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith (+0.029s) who improved from 9th overnight to finish the session in second overall.  Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone (+0326s) left it late to put in his fastest lap of the weekend to complete the provisional front row.

Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa (+0.367s) was in fourth, ahead of the man who topped Friday’s combined timesheets, Jorge Lorenzo (+0.427s), in fifth. CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (+0.459s) finished at the leading Satellite rider in sixth, with the Factory Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR of Aleix Espargaro (+0522s) utilising the soft tyre to finish seventh fastest.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) crashed at turn 2 late on in the session, adding to his nasty looking highside yesterday in FP2, and had to settle for eighth. Current championship leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) just snuck through to Q2 after struggling with front-end feel yesterday, and despite at one point being 4th fastest in the session, the Italian ended up 0.589s behind Marquez in ninth. Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the top ten to ensure both Suzuki’s made it through to Q2.

Missing out on Q2 along with Dovizioso were Yonny Hernandez (11th) and Scott Redding (13th) while Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera was the fastest Open class rider in 14th. Australian Jack Miller ended the session in 16th overall, ahead of the Aspar MotoGP Team duo of Eugene Laverty (17th) and Nicky Hayden (18th), with Stefan Bradl on the factory Aprilia racing Team Gresini RS-GP in 21st and the returning Tony Elias (AB Motoracing) in 23rd.

Check out the combined MotoGP™ practice times, FP4 is scheduled for 13:30 local time in Indianapolis.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, FP3, Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith, Andrea Iannone, Repsol Honda Team

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