Marquez top in FP3, Lorenzo to contest Q1

Marc Marquez secured top spot in the overall standings for Repsol Honda during third practice for MotoGP's German Grand Prix, while MotoGP superstar Jorge Lorenzo will have to contest the first phase of qualifying.

With only minutes remaining in the last practice, Marquez managed to produce a best lap time of 1:21.552 to take first place on the timesheet.

Andrea Iannone of Ducati Team was up near the summit of the leaderboard for the most part of third practice and rallied late on to secure second spot, only 0.402s behind the winner.

While the star of Friday's second practice in Sachsenring, Maverick Vinales, dropped down to third despite an improved lap time in the third session.

Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha made it four different manufacturers in the top four, thanks to his 1:21.880, only 0.060s away from Vinales' time.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Yonny Hernandez (Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team) completed the top ten in Germany.

Despite Yamaha's solid improvement on their showing in the first two practice sessions, Lorenzo will have to contest Q1 after failing to make the top ten.

It is the first time since the format was introduced in 2013 that Lorenzo has not secured a top ten finish and automatic entry into the second qualifying phase.

Lorenzo did get up to sixth place inside the last ten minutes but his best lap time of 1:22.453 meant he was back down to 15th by the conclusion of affairs.

British rider Cal Crutchlow, who fell at Turn 10 earlier on in the session, missed out on the final spot in the top ten by 0.055s to Yonny Hernandez.

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