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Red Bull Ring MotoGP: Marquez comfortably fastest in FP3

Red Bull Ring MotoGP: Marquez comfortably fastest in FP3

Honda rider Marc Marquez dominated third MotoGP practice at the Red Bull Ring, beating Maverick Vinales by over three tenths.

Marquez, who had a carbon-reinforced chassis on both of his bikes, beat his own benchmark from Friday soon after the session began with a 1m23.788s as he and Valentino Rossi locked out the top two for most of the Saturday morning session.

Rossi was 11th in the combined order before FP3, but was quickly able to move into the top 10 with a time of 1m24.250s.

The rest of the field started to cut Marquez's into sizeable gap towards the end of the running, with Andrea Dovizioso and Fabio Quartararo taking turns in second place before Vinales went quickest.

But Marquez then switched to a new soft rear tyre and then quickly retook the lead by over three tenths with a 1m23.251s.

There was no further response from Vinales afterwards and it was Marquez leading the Yamaha man as the session ended.

The factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci set identical times to take third and fourth, just 0.002s slower than Vinales.

Yamaha riders Quartararo and Rossi completed the top six, while the third Ducati GP19 of Jack Miller (Pramac) secured seventh.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) secured eighth ahead of the sole Suzuki of Alex Rins and KTM's Pol Espargaro, who set his best time while following Miller and Marquez.

He salvaged 10th, beating Cal Crutchlow by half a tenth, with the Briton thus forced to take part in Q1 later today.

Miguel Oliveira (Tech 3 KTM) was an impressive sixth on Friday but he dropped to 12th in the combined order after FP3.

Repsol Honda's Stefan Bradl was the only rider failing to improve his overall laptime in FP3, the German ending up only 20th.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'23.251
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'23.591 0.340
3 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'23.593 0.342
4 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'23.593 0.342
5 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'23.637 0.386
6 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'23.702 0.451
7 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'23.749 0.498
8 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'23.764 0.513
9 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'23.974 0.723
10 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'24.016 0.765
11 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'24.068 0.817
12 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'24.095 0.844
13 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'24.166 0.915
14 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 1'24.333 1.082
15 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'24.472 1.221
16 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'24.480 1.229
17 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'24.616 1.365
18 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 1'24.658 1.407
19 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 1'24.740 1.489
20 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'24.770 1.519
21 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 1'24.775 1.524
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Series MotoGP
Event Austrian GP
Sub-event FP3
Author David Gruz