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MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo under lap record, half second clear of Rossi

Jorge Lorenzo sets the fastest ever lap of Brno to end MotoGP FP3 a full half second clear of Valentino Rossi, Crutchlow goes into Q1
Jorge Lorenzo lapped under Cal Crutchlow's outright lap record to lay down a substantial marker in MotoGP FP3 at Brno.

Fastest overall on Friday, Lorenzo left it late to comfortably swoop to the fastest ever two-wheeled time around the 3.3 mile Czech track and eventually placed over half a second clear of team-mate Valentino Rossi with Marc Marquez in third.

Lorenzo said his front tyre choice was far certain on Friday evening but he powered to a 1m 55.476s time using the medium front-rear combination, a choice that may well suit him well for the race.

The Majorcan was sitting third overall with minutes remaining as Marquez and Iannone occupied the top two places. Still, despite his sizable advantage, a question remains over the Yamaha's superiority over Marquez's Honda in higher temperatures, as the morning conditions were 15 degrees lower than Friday afternoon.

While Rossi finished an encouraging second, it was clear the championship leader was testing the limits of his Yamaha M1 as he ran off track after missing his apex for the uphill turn 13.

At the other end of the top ten, Crutchlow was a notable absentee, ending the session 13th, ensuring he will enter Q1 in the afternoon, along with both Espargaro brothers, Danilo Petrucci and Scott Redding.

Second in FP3 in Indianapolis, Bradley Smith's late time saw him jump to fourth overall, a place ahead of the impressive Andrea Iannone. The Ducati man opted to spend the majority of the session on the older machine while team-mate Andrea Dovizioso put the updated GP15 through its paces.

Iannone ended the morning fifth but had previously got close to Marquez's early time and sat second until the usual late succession of fast laps, confirming he could indeed challenge for podium honours on Sunday.

Another rider to impress, Maverick Viñales ended the session sixth. Usually present in the top ten at the close of FP3 with a helping hand from Bridgestone's softer rubber, the class rookie posted the fifth fastest time early on with medium rubber before improving further as the session drew to a close.

The Ducati pairing of Yonny Hernandez and Hector Barbera were surprising late additions to the top ten, as Dovizioso narrowly avoided a second successive appearance in Q1 after his final lap was good enough for ninth.

The walking wounded Dani Pedrosa put in a gritty performance to round out the top ten. For long spells, the Spaniard lapped over a second off his pace on Friday morning but managed to improve by three tenths to ensure his presence in Q2.

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

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August 15, 2015 11:09 AM
Last Edited 127 days ago

Rossi's pace is very similar, they're both in the 1.56 high AND Marquez AND Iannone are better than both (not sure about tire usage though!) .. EDIT: LOL, why do some people here disagree with true statements, not even opinions? :)

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