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What happened in the third MotoGP Sachsenring test

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Francesco Bagnaia led Aleix Espargaro in the third MotoGP test of the Sachsenring weekend, with the line-up for Q1 decided.


Key moments:

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> Ducati driving again

> Drama visor for Quartararo

> Crashes for Bezzecchi, Nakagami and Marquez


Bagnaia’s benchmark from Friday remained the Sachsenring lap record until the half hour mark of EL3, when Espargaro went 0.005s faster on a new soft tyre.

The Aprilia man was on course to go even faster next time around, and indeed improved further, but only by an extra 0.006 seconds – being caught by Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli in the final sector, with Espargaro unleashed and the incident placed under investigation.

This meant that it was Bagnaia who would instead record the first-ever Sachsenring sub-1m20 lap a few minutes later, and immediately improve it to record a 1m19.765s.

No less than four riders – including three Ducati men – joined Bagnaia in the sub-1m20 margin, but Bagnaia’s time proved sufficient to secure him first place in FP3.

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

Fabio Quartararo’s fastest lap was to be marred by yellow flags for an Alex Marquez (LCR Honda) crash at Turn 9, but he instead suffered greater drama, blowing off his helmet visor and forcing him in the pits after a number of failures. tries to solve the problem on the right track.

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

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

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

Nakagami had a late crash at Turn 1, causing quick crashes for both LCR riders, while VR46 Ducati rookie Marco Bezzecchi had a big crash out of Turn 12 earlier.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Last name Crew Bike Next gap gap leader best time
1 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1m19.765s
2 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.064s +0.064s 1m19.829s
3 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.044s +0.108s 1m19.873s
4 John Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati +0.086s +0.194s 1m19.959s
5 jorge martin Pramac Racing Ducati +0.01s +0.204s 1m19.969s
6 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.069s +0.273s 1m20.038s
seven Joan Mir The SUZUKI ECSTAR team Suzuki +0.06s +0.333s 1m20.098s
8 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.083s +0.416s 1m20.181s
9 Maverick Vinales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.064s +0.48s 1m20.245s
ten Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Race KTM +0.02s +0.5s 1m20.265s
11 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.143s +0.643s 1m20.408s
12 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing Moto GP Ducati +0.029s +0.672s 1m20.437s
13 Pol Espargaro Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.019s +0.691s 1m20.456s
14 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Race KTM +0.073s +0.764s 1m20.529s
15 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM Factory Race KTM +0.059s +0.823s 1m20.588s
16 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0s +0.823s 1m20.588s
17 Alex Rins The SUZUKI ECSTAR team Suzuki +0.025s +0.848s 1m20.613s
18 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing Moto GP Ducati +0.034s +0.882s 1m20.647s
19 Andrea Dovizioso With U Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha +0.012s +0.894s 1m20.659s
20 Darryn Binder With U Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha +0.037s +0.931s 1m20.696s
21 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +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 Honda +0.216s +1.272s 1m21.037s
24 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM Factory Race KTM +0.27s +1.542s 1m21.307s

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