The debutant of the Repsol Honda Team has led the third and last free session of the premier class after moving Jorge Lorenzo by a thousandth of a second and tomorrow will head the Q2 that will decide the grid for the race on Sunday. Lorenzo, Crutchlow and Rossi are behind Márquez.
After giving a first turn to the hierarchy established yesterday signing the best time in FP2, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) has taken a new tack in the FP3 on Friday recording the best time with 1.56.084.
The rookie of Repsol Honda has waited until the last moments of the session to launch a withering attack and improve by just one thousandth of a second the time of Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) and move to second place after leading the classification during his second half.
Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech3) has confirmed its effectiveness on the Losail track by placing third at 0.242s. from Lleida and ahead of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) by a minimum difference of 90 thousandths.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has certified the step forward given yesterday climbing to fifth place, beaten by his compatriot by 1 single thousandth of a second.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) has not yet found the solutions that will allow him to ride comfortably on the Qatari track, but he has improved his performance in this session and is placed in sixth position at 0.418s. of your teammate.
The fight for the top ten positions that gave direct access to Q2 has provided dramatic last minutes. Finally they were Alvaro Bautista (Go & Fun Honda Gresini), Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Stefan Bradl (LCR Team) who have qualified to line up tomorrow in the session that will determine the first 12 positions in the Starting grid for Sunday. The first ten have been separated by less than a second.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and his teammate Ben Spies have been out of that group, placed in 11th and 12th position, although like the rest of the drivers classified below, they can still access the Q2 if they reach tomorrow one of the first two positions of Q1.
Aleix Espargaró (Power Electronics Aspar), who ran in the top ten yesterday, has qualified 13th today, again the best among the CRT, ahead of Héctor Barberá (Avintia Racing MotoGP), Yonny Hernández (Paul Bird Motorsport) and his partner Randy De Puniet.