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MotoGP Valencia: Marquez top despite Saturday spill

Marc Marquez fastest despite a fall during Free Practice 3 for the Valencia MotoGP season finale.
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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez continued his clean sweep of the Valencia MotoGP season finale by leading free practice three on Saturday morning despite a fall.

Marquez's Friday morning time had not been beaten yesterday afternoon, but the Spaniard made amends by breaking into the 1m 30s for the first time this weekend at the halfway stage of FP3.

However Marquez then lowsided from his Repsol Honda a few minutes later:

Despite the spill, and loss of his number one bike, Marquez remained on top to the conclusion of the session, finishing with an advantage of 0.133s over surprise nearest rival Pol Espargaro.

Espargaro, riding for the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech3 team, is still nursing foot injuries from Sepang as he aims to defend sixth in the world championship from team-mate Bradley Smith this weekend.

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who spent the most time at the front on Friday, and Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone were also within 0.2s of Marquez.

Marquez has the chance to become the first ever MotoGP rider to win 13 races in a season on Sunday, while Lorenzo needs to beat team-mate Valentino Rossi by twelve points to snatch second in the world championship from the Italian.

Rossi was outside of the top ten with just minutes of FP3 remaining, potentially sending him into Qualifying 1, before vaulting to fourth place. Improvements by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) then left Rossi in seventh at the end of the session, although just 0.368s from Marquez!

Alex Espargaro (Forward Yamaha), Cal Crutchlow (Ducati), Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Yamaha) filled the final top ten places, meaning the likes of LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista will be heading for Qualifying 1.

Despite impressive top speed, Hiroshi Aoyama confessed they had been 'killing the power' of the new Open class RCV213V-RS bike too much on its Friday debut.

The Japanese planned electronic, gearing and suspension set-up changes for Saturday morning, when he jumped swiftly up the order from 21st to14th - then was forced to pull off with a technical problem.

Aoyama slipped back to 17th (+1.563s) as a result - but was notably ahead of all the RCV1000R riders.

After finishing 1.3s behind Marquez - albeit in 19th - despite a major engine failure on Friday, Randy de Puniet and the returning Suzuki team took a step backwards on Saturday morning.

The Frenchman was ranked 20th on Saturday morning as the gap to the top grew to 1.661s. The GSX-RR continues to lack top speed relative to the quickest factory machine, being 20km/h slower than quickest factory Honda and Ducati.

Free Practice 3:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Pol Espargaro
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Andrea Iannone
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Dani Pedrosa
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Aleix Espargaro
9. Cal Crutchlow
10. Bradley Smith
11. Stefan Bradl
12. Yonny Hernandez
13. Alvaro Bautista
14. Michele Pirro
15. Alex De Angelis
16. Hector Barbera
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Karel Abraham
19. Nicky Hayden
20. Randy De Puniet
21. Scott Redding
22. Danilo Petrucci
23. Michael Laverty
24. Mike Di Meglio
25. Broc Parkes

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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November 08, 2014 11:31 AM

Jorge looks to have the race pace, metronomic as usual. Dovi is consistantly fast too. I hate to say it but after a brief flurry by Cal he is back where he usually is. The lad will be giving it all in the race though. He'll get his one lap special in Quallifying no doubt.

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