Vinales tops FP3 at Le Mans

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales was quickest in the FP3 session ahead of Saturday’s qualifying for the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Vinales’ time was an unofficial lap record time of 1:31.619s, and second was Honda’s Marc Marquez despite a crash followed by Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Due to cooler conditions, which initially affected the tyre grip on the Le Man’s track, saw Marquez set the pace on the individual session timesheet with a 1:32.515s.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow improved his pace jumping from 11th to fifth with a time of 1:32.262s, while Avintia’s Tito Rabat moved up to a provisional Q2 place in ninth early on FP3.

Home hero Johann Zarco guided his Tech3 Yamaha to top spot early in FP3 with a 1:32.258s then improved later in the session dipping underneath the lap record with a 1:31.866s with around a minute remaining.

The Frenchman was denied top spot, first by Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, before Marquez went to the top of the pile with a 1:31.774s.

Friday pacesetter Andrea Dovizioso was only 15th in FP3, but his 1:31.936s from FP2 was good enough to keep him sixth overall.

Dani Pedrosa was a place ahead of Dovizioso in 14th on the FP3 timesheets but will face Q1 after ending the morning 16th overall following an early crash at Turn 12.

KTM duo Pol Espargaro [19th] and Bradley Smith [16th], Tom Luthi [23rd] and Xavier Simeon [24th] also crashed during FP3.

France – Practice 3

1. Maverick Vinales – Yamaha MotoGP – 1:31.619
2. Marc Marquez – Honda Team – 1:31.774 – +0.155
3. Valentino Rossi – Yamaha MotoGP – 1:31.810 – 0.191
4. Johann Zarco – Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:31.866 – 0.247
5. Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati Team – 1:32.981 – 1.362
6. Jack Miller – Pramac Racing – 1:32.064 – 0.445
7. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing – 1:32.135 – 0.516
8. Tito Rabat – Avintia Racing – 1:32.160 – 0.541
9. Andrea Iannone – Suzuki Ecstar – 1:32.179 – 0.560
10. Cal Crutchlow – LCR Honda – 1:32.262 – 0.643
11. Danilo Petrucci – Pramac Racing – 1:32.289 – 0.670
12. Alex Rins – Suzuki Ecstar – 1:32.295 – 0.676
13. Alvaro Bautista – Angel Nieto Team – 1:32.450 – 0.831
14. Dani Pedrosa – Honda Team – 1:32.525 – 0.906
15. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – 1:32.568 – 0.949
16. Bradley Smith – KTM Racing – 1:32.953 – 1.334
17. Franco Morbidelli – Marc VDS – 1:32.992 – 1.373
18. Hafizh Syahrin – Yamaha Tech 3 – 1:33.049 – 1.430
19. Pol Espargaro – KTM Racing – 1:33.075 – 1.456
20. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda – 1:33.096 – 1.477
21. Scott Redding – Aprilia Racing – 1:33.107 – 1.488
22. Karel Abraham – Angel Nieto Team – 1:33.336 – 1.717
23. Thomas Luthi – Marc VDS – 1:33.603 – 1.984 –
24. Xavier Simeon – Avintia Racing – 1:34.002 – 2.383

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