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MotoGP Austin: Marquez pips Crutchlow in Austin FP3

Marc Marquez fastest during MotoGP Free Practice 3 at the Circuit of the Americas.
Marc Marquez pipped Cal Crutchlow to the fastest lap time during Saturday morning's Free Practice 3 for the Americas MotoGP.

The pair repeated their Friday positions after reigning double world champion Marquez exchanged the top spot with LCR Honda's Crutchlow in the closing minutes.

Marquez put his Repsol Honda 0.188s clear of the Englishman on his twelfth and final lap of the foggy but dry session.

Crutchlow, riding with a new chassis this weekend, was in turn 0.157s clear of Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who had a much better session after struggling with bronchitis on his way to eleventh on Friday.

Lorenzo led four M1s in a row on the timesheets, with Valentino Rossi - who set exactly the same time as Lorenzo - Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro fourth to sixth.

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro was also within half-a-second of Marquez, having twice led the session. Espargaro was the quickest rider with use of the softer Open class rear tyre - Andrea Dovizioso being the top Ducati in eighth, but only 0.548s from the top.

Scott Redding enjoyed his best dry session of the year, leading the early stages on the Marc VDS satellite Honda and finishing 0.644s from the front.

Pramac's Danilo Petrucci snatched the final top ten place and therefore forced Factory GP15 Desmosedici rider Andrea Iannone to take part in this afternoon's Qualifying 1 session.

All riders set their best lap times of the weekend this morning, Marquez's 2m 3.302s being under his own official race lap record, although rain remains a threat for this afternoon.

1. Marc Marquez
2. Cal Crutchlow
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Bradley Smith
6. Pol Espargaro
7. Aleix Espargaro
8. Andrea Dovizioso
9. Scott Redding
10. Danilo Petrucci
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Maverick Viñales
13. Stefan Bradl
14. Yonny Hernandez
15. Hector Barbera
16. Mike Di Meglio
17. Loris Baz
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
19. Alvaro Bautista
20. Jack Miller
21. Karel Abraham
22. Eugene Laverty
23. Nicky Hayden
24. Alex De Angelis
25. Marco Melandri

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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April 11, 2015 5:49 PM

Crutchlow looking good....its only FP but hey...this kind of pace on the fast lap can only be good for his confidence and he can get to work on the outright race pace... YES...I am well aware that Cal is known for his fast laps but he struggled for that with the Ducati and seems to be back in his grove now.... I say give him time...the dude may yet surprise us...if he does a year like 2013.... I would say he has a good thing going...IMO

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