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What happened in the third MotoGP practice at the Sachsenring

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Francesco Bagnaia led Aleix Espargaró in the third MotoGP practice of the weekend at the Sachsenring, with the Q1 line-up decided.


Key moments:

> Ducati imperious again

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> Visor drama for Quartararo

> Bezzecchi, Nakagami and Marquez shocks


Friday’s Bagnaia benchmark stood as the Sachsenring lap record until the half-hour mark in FP3, when Espargaro went 0.005s quicker on a new soft tyre.

The Aprilia man was on course to be even quicker next time around and indeed improved again, but only by another 0.006 seconds, getting stuck behind Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli in the final sector, with Espargaro furious and the incident under research.

It meant that it would be Bagnaia who would post the first sub-1m20 lap at the Sachsenring a couple of minutes later, and immediately improve on it to post a 1m19.765s.

As many as four riders, three of them Ducati teammates, joined Bagnaia on the sub-1.20m margin, but Bagnaia’s time proved good enough to secure him top spot in FP3.

An improving Espargaro eventually came closest to dethroning him, six hundredths of a second short, followed by the Ducati trio of Jack Miller, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin.

Fabio Quartararo’s fastest lap was going to be ruined by yellow flags for a crash at Turn 9 by Alex Marquez (LCR Honda), but instead he suffered major drama, his helmet visor coming loose and forcing him into pits after a series of failed attempts. attempts to fix the problem on the track.

Despite this, he comfortably booked a place in Q2 in sixth, the only Yamaha rider to do so, 0.060 seconds ahead of the only Suzuki rider to do so – Joan Mir.

Mir’s teammate Alex Rins, who has a broken wrist and was still undecided on Friday whether he would see out the weekend, finished 17th.

The remaining places in Q2 were filled by Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) and Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati). Marini was only 15th in the session but had a better time from Friday to fall back on, which meant Miguel Oliveira (KTM), 10th in FP3, was left out.

Nakagami had a late crash at Turn 1, causing both LCR riders to collide in quick succession, while VR46 Ducati rookie Marco Bezzecchi had had a big crash coming out of Turn 12 earlier.

Practice 3 Results

Pos. Name Equipment Bike next gap gap leader Best time
1 francesco bagnaia Team Ducati Lenovo Ducati 1m19.765s
two Aleix Espargaro aprilia racing aprilia +0.064s +0.064s 1m19.829s
3 jack miller Team Ducati Lenovo Ducati +0.044s +0.108s 1m19.873s
4 johann zarco Pramac Racing Ducati +0.086s +0.194s 1m19.959s
5 George Martin Pramac Racing Ducati +0.01s +0.204s 1m19.969s
6 fabio quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP yamaha +0.069s +0.273s 1m20.038s
7 joan mir Team SUZUKI ECSTAR suzuki +0.06s +0.333s 1m20.098s
8 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU sling +0.083s +0.416s 1m20.181s
9 Maverick Vinales aprilia racing aprilia +0.064s +0.48s 1m20.245s
10 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.02s +0.5s 1m20.265s
eleven Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.143s +0.643s 1m20.408s
12 Fabio DiGiannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.029s +0.672s 1m20.437s
13 Pol Espargaro Repsol Honda Team sling +0.019s +0.691s 1m20.456s
14 brad folder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.073s +0.764s 1m20.529s
fifteen Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.059s +0.823s 1m20.588s
sixteen Luca Marina Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0s +0.823s 1m20.588s
17 alex rin Team SUZUKI ECSTAR suzuki +0.025s +0.848s 1m20.613s
18 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.034s +0.882s 1m20.647s
19 Andrea Dovizioso WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team yamaha +0.012s +0.894s 1m20.659s
twenty darryn folder WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team yamaha +0.037s +0.931s 1m20.696s
twenty-one Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team sling +0.077s +1,008s 1m20.773s
22 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP yamaha +0.048s +1,056s 1m20.821s
23 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol sling +0.216s +1.272s 1m21.037s
24 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.27s +1,542s 1m21.307s

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