MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo Tops Hectic Free Practice Three Session

Published on October 10, 2020
By Jack Hammersley

After being outside the top 10 in both Free Practice sessions on Friday, Fabio Quartararo was able to show his usual fast pace in the sunny but cold track conditions. Fabio will be looking to get his first home MotoGP Pole position later on in Q2.

Fabio’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli also showed impressive pace finishing the session in third place. Franco had been running consistently in the top 10 for all of the session and has shown good pace in all conditions, so we can expect the Petronas SRT rider to fighting with his teammate Fabio for pole position.

Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira was out of the top 10 for most of the session and losing a lap that had placed him in fifth position until he had touched the green on the last corner and lost that lap. That didn’t stop him however as the Portuguese rider was able to shoot himself into second place and secured his spot in Q2.

After topping the combined standings on Friday Jack Miller looked set to continue his run of form at Le Mans and he set a time that did put him into Q2 however, he suffered a humongous highside at turn eight, putting him out of the session, but he was still able to finish in fourth position and will also feature in Q2 later on today.

It was a return of form for Britain’s Cal Crutchlow as for the first time since the Czech Grand Prix he’ll be in the fight for the front four rows of the grid in Q2. Cals been struggling with numerous injuries this season since the Spanish Grand Prix, but the LCR Honda man has got over that and is set to fight for his best qualifying of the season.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi worked on race pace during most of the Free Practice Three session, but then in the last 15 minutes set out to get himself into the vital Q2 session. He was able to put a lap in that has secured him into Q2, however after setting that lap he had a very strange front-end crash on the exit of turn three, a corner that’s claimed the most victims so far this weekend. Can The Doctor get past this mistake and fight for another front row start?

Factory Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was able to just get inside the top 10 and got himself into Q2 which is very important for the Italian as he looks to try and fight back for the championship lead after his DNF in Barcelona. Andrea looked strong all session featuring in the top 10 for most of the session. Have the cold track conditions helped him with his struggling rear tyre problems?

The man second in the championship Joan Mir will have to go through Q1 as he crashed at turn three with two minutes to go. Mir’s qualifying has been his Achilles heel so far this season and has cost him potential podiums and race wins this season. It will be vital for the Suzuki rider to get into Q2 and get on the front two rows on the grid.

Will Fabio Quartararo claim yet another pole position and this time in his home Grand Prix, or will someone be able to spoil the championship leaders hopes? Qualifying takes place at 14:10 (GMT+2)

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