MotoGP: Valentino Rossi takes top spot in FP3

Published on September 12, 2020
By Short Shift News

Valentino Rossi leads a Yamaha 1-2-3 ahead of team-mate Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

The 41-year-old Italian left it late to put his time in, falling to 15th before a last lap dash fired the local rider to the top of the timesheets ahead of Viñales and Friday’s pace setter Fabio Quartararo.

Jack Miller leaped into the top five ahead of Alex Rins and Joan Mir. The Suzuki’s once again look competitive finishing three tenths of a second off ‘The Doctor’.

Francesco Bagnaia takes a direct ticket to Q2 on his MotoGP return. The Italian finished seventh ahead of leading Ducati rider Johann Zarco, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso, who just squeezed into the top ten in the dying stages of FP3.

A late crash for Pol Espargaro means the Spaniard is forced to go via qualifying one. The Spaniard finished ahead of brother Aleix.

Takaaki Nakagami was leading Honda in 13th with Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci rounding out the top 15.

Oliveira had his fastest lap cancelled dropping the Portuguese rider to 16th ahead of fellow KTM rider Brad Binder and Aprilia’s Bradley Smith, who also crashed late on.

Alex Marquez finished 19th ahead of Tito Rabat and Stefan Bradl. Cal Crutchlow completed the field after being declared unfit for the remainder of the event.

Featured image: YamahaMotoGP


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