As the wind gust through the Losail International Circuit, blowing sand onto the track, FP3 was a session of learning for the riders who chose to go out. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped the FP3 session with a time of 1:56:064. The Team Suzuki ECSTAR duo Rins and Mir took 2nd and 3rd respectively despite the difficult conditions.
The Ducati Lenovo Team duo Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia remained at the top of the combined time sheets ahead of today’s qualifying session. Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco rounded out the top 3, as Ducati dominated the combined timed practices.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Quartararo found himself among the Ducatis, as he maintained 4th fastest across all free practice sessions. Pramac Racing’s competitor for Rookie of the Year, Jorge Martin, made it 4 Ducatis in the top 5 ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro finished 6th overall. After a promising result at last weekend’s #QatarGP, can Espargaro secure himself a prime grid position to fight for Aprilia’s best ever finish?
Calm, cool and collected Petronas Yamaha SRT man, Franco Morbidelli remained 7th ahead of qualifying, despite some mechanical problems during the FP1 and FP2 sessions yesterday. Team Suzuki ECSTAR’s Rins, despite finishing FP3 in 2nd, finds himself 8th over the combined free practice standings. Winner of the #QatarGP, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales secured himself a direct Q2 spot, ending the free practice sessions 9th. Top Honda, Repsol Honda’s Stefan Bradl completed the top 10, an impressive showing from the German.
The fastest Rookie ahead of qualifying is Pramac Racing’s Martin, can he secure a Ducati lockout at the head of the grid?
Battling for a spot in Q2 through the Q1 session will be Red Bull KTM Factory’s Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, LCR Honda duo Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami, Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Valentino Rossi and reigning World Champion Joan Mir.
Can anyone halt the Ducati charge as Miller and Bagnaia battle for pole position? Will Yamaha or Aprilia be able to steal the thunder?