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San Marino MotoGP: Marquez heads FP3, Crutchlow misses top ten cut

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 3 for the San Marino MotoGP at Misano, Cal Crutchlow misses top ten cut.
Marc Marquez remained at the head of the timesheets during Saturday's third practice session for the San Marino MotoGP.

Further back, Cal Crutchlow's miserable weekend continued as the double 2013 pole position holder missed out on a top ten time and will thus be forced to take part in Qualifying 1 this afternoon.

As on Friday, Marquez set his best lap - the first below the 1m 34s mark this weekend - relatively early on (lap 9 of 21) with his rivals then closing in as the session continued, but not quite able to catch the 20-year-old.

Marquez did however suffer a small scare when he almost clipped the back of Lukas Pesek under braking, halfway through the session

Repsol Honda team-mate and nearest title rival Dani Pedrosa was again second quickest, this time by just 0.149s, but suffered a lowside fall in the final minutes, prematurely ending his session.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo spent the early part of FP3 in the pits while the team worked on his factory M1, naturally prompting speculation that he may have hit problems with the new seamless shift gearbox, making its grand prix debut this weekend.

Such thoughts seemed unfounded, and it was simply set-up changes, but the lost time meant the reigning double champion was only 14th quickest after 15 of the 45 minutes. Lorenzo then moved swiftly up to second place - between Marquez and Pedrosa - by the halfway stage.

After Pedrosa improved, Lorenzo remained in third but only 0.249s from the top. Lorenzo's team-mate and home hero Valentino Rossi was fourth quickest, +0.382s, meaning all three sessions have seen two factory Hondas closely followed by two factory Yamahas.

Rossi unveiled a special helmet on Saturday morning, dedicated to Marco Simoncelli, with the Pink Floyd-inspired words “Wish you were here”. Like Rossi, Misano was Simoncelli's local circuit and is now named in honour of the 250cc world champion who lost his life in the 2011 Malaysian MotoGP race.

Andrea Dovizioso made late progress to claim fifth place for home manufacturer Ducati, +0.473s, followed by satellite Honda riders Alvaro Bautista (Gresini) and Stefan Bradl (LCR).

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September 14, 2013 12:12 PM

Going to take a major effort from Dani & Jorge to finish in front of Marc this weekend. Marc is consistently fast every session and race. Amazing to watch such a talented individual on a motorcycle.

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