Rossi rebounds in final practice

Valentino Rossi bounced back from a fairly disappointing Friday to be the fastest rider in the final free practice in Jerez on Saturday.

The Italian finally claimed top spot after a third place in FP1 and a fifth pace in FP2 on Friday.

The Movistar Yamaha rider was able to take off nearly half a second of his best Friday time, posting a sizzling 1m39.244s to hold off Marc Marquez by a touch over four hundredths of a second right at the death of a thrilling session.

The final sector with turns 10, 11 and 12 proved to be the difference in the end, as many of the Honda riders, including Marquez, struggled through there.

Pol Espargaro impressed in his Yamaha with a low 1m39 that was enough for third fastest on Saturday morning.

Jorge Lorenzo, who dominated Friday by topping the charts on both occasions, would settle for fourth place but was only two tenths of a second off the pace.

FP3 Results: 

1. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1m 39. 244s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team 1m 39.290s 0.046s
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3  1m 39.435s 0.191s
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP  1m 39.490s 0.246s
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team  1m 39.579s 0.335s
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 1m 39.742s 0.498s
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team  1m 39.801s 0.557s
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 1m 39.812s 0.568s
9. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 1m 39.819s 0. 575s
10. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing  1m 39.828s 0.584s
11. Alvaro Bautista Factory Aprilia Gresini 1m 39.935s 0. 691s
12. Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 1m 39.983s 0.739s
13. Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda  1m 40.261s 1.017s
14. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3  1m 40.289s 1.045s
15. Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 1m 40.363s 1.119s
16. Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich  1m 40.424s 1.180s
17. Loris Baz Avintia Racing  1m 40.597s 1.353s
18. Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich  1m 40.916s 1.672s
19. Stefan Bradl Factory Aprilia Gresini  1m 41.055s 1.811s
20. Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS  1m 41.442s 2.198s
21. Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS  1m 41.530s 2.286s

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 – Top 10 Combined Practice Times: 

1. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team
3. Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4. Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team
6. Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar
7. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team
8. Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar
9. Andrea Iannone Ducati Team
10. Hector Barbera Avintia Racing