Marc Marquez stormed to the top of the timesheets this morning in the third free practice session ahead of Sunday’s MotoGP race at Misano, as Brit boys Cal Crutchlow and Alex Lowes both crashed in the closing minutes.
The points leader was back on form following a fall yesterday to put in a lap of 1’32.451 with just under five minutes remaining, and didn’t come under any real threat from anyone else as the session drew to a close.
Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was another man on the move, as he grabbed the second quickest time with a 1’32.631 and looks to be on far better form this weekend in the Italian sunshine.
However, it was a bit of a tough morning for Marquez’ Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Having emerged second quickest on Friday, the diminutive Spaniard was unable to make any progress up the order when he crashed out early in the session on an out lap. Despite this, he managed to cling on to fourth as Maverick Vinales jumped up from 10th to claim the fifth fastest time.
And Pedrosa wasn’t the last of the crashers, with Ecstar Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro tipping off a few minutes later at Turn 14 and then Danilo Petrucci at Turn 15.
Cal Crutchlow, who slipped off his LCR Honda yesterday amid concerns his front tyre was running far too hot, managed to push his way up to seventh fastest before he crashed again seconds later. Jack Miller also tipped off, as did Alex Lowes just seconds before the chequered flag.
Eugene Laverty was unable to make any improvement and ended the session down on yesterday’s time in 20th spot. One rider not on track was Andrea Iannone who has finally been declared unfit to rider some confusion on Friday. Following a crash in free practice one, the Ducati man had initially been declared unfit with a fracture to the third vertebra.
Last night he was deemed to be ‘fit to be reviewed’ but this morning it was all over, with the announcement at 9am local time that he would not be racing this weekend.