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Lorenzo sets sensational pace in FP3

Lorenzo sets sensational pace in FP3

Jorge Lorenzo obliterates his own record to head FP3 after an excellent battle with Marc Marquez as Rossi improves to finish third.

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo came out on top in a incredible fight with Repsol Honda’s Marquez in the crucial FP3 session that decides who makes it through to Q2 automatically. The Mallorcan smashed his own lap record set yesterday to record a 1’32.192 in near perfect conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Interestingly enough Lorenzo did not sport the aerodynamic ‘winglets’ on his M1 that he debuted yesterday, but that seemed to have no effect on the record-breaking pace of the double MotoGP™ World Champion.

Marquez pushed his compatriot hard, and was the only rider to get within sixth-tenths of Lorenzo, eventually finishing just 0.229s behind in second. Lorenzo’s teammate and main title rival Rossi (+0.601s) left it until his very last lap to improve dramatically in the usual frantic end to the session as riders put in fresh rubber to claim third. The Italian managing to up his pace from Friday by over seven-tenths as he aims to make it back-to-back wins at his home GP.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (+0.610s) also left it late to ensure his place in Q2, jumping from 11th to third with just seconds to go, before having to settle for fourth due to the hard-charging Rossi. The Italian heads the provisional second row ahead of the second factory Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa (+0.663s).

The Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro (+0.738s) – who is riding as wildcard at Misano – put his GP15 sixth on the timesheets, finishing just 0.030s ahead of the leading Satellite bike of Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1.

Andrea Iannone on the third Ducati Team GP15 recovered from a technical issue that saw his GP15 catch fire at the side of the track early on the session to improve to 8th on his very last lap and make it through to Q2. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) made it four Yamahas inside the top ten in ninth. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) pulled off the same feat for Ducati as he completed the top ten on his GP14.2 to make it four Desmosedici’s through to Q2.

As the clock ticked down it looked like LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow would be safe, but Iannone knocked the British rider down to eleventh and he will now have to fight it in Q1. Joining him are the two Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR’s of Aleix Espargaro (12th) and Maverick Viñales in 13th, with the two teammates separated by just 0.050s.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding was in 14th as Hector Barbera on the Avintia Racing Ducati finished as the leading Open class rider in 15th. Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) was in 19th ahead of his teammate Nicky Hayden (20th) with Australian Jack Miller (LCR Honda) in 22nd.

Check out the combined results from MotoGP™ Free Practice; FP4 starts at 13:30 local time in Misano.

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, FP3, Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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