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Márquez capitalises on improved conditions in third session

Márquez capitalises on improved conditions in third session

The 125cc World Championship leader broke the two-minute barrier in FP3, becoming the first and so far only rider in the category to do so this weekend at Aragón. Just under eight-tenths of a second behind him was Nico Terol.

Marc Márquez was in formidable form in the final practice session at Aragón on Saturday morning as vastly improved conditions allowed for a productive 125cc FP3, after the category had been the most affected by Friday rain at Aragón. With the sun making an appearance and with cool conditions it was the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider who benefitted most.

Márquez's best effort of 1'59.992 was the first lap of the weekend under the 2'00" marker and remained so at the end of the session, with Championship rival Nico Terol the closest to him. At 0.794s off Márquez's pace it was quite a distance to the Bancaja Aspar rider however.

In third spot was Pol Espargaró and the Tuenti Racing rider closed the practice at 1.321s behind Márquez. Espargaró also had a crash with 11 minutes of the session remaining, high-siding at turn two, but after a few moments of initial discomfort he got to his feet and returned to his garage. His team-mate Efrén Vázquez finished fourth, with Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo) and Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) completing the top six.

There were falls in the session for Randy Krummenacher and Kevin Hanus, both of whom were uninjured.

Qualifying for the 125cc class begins at 3.10pm local time.


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