Jorge Lorenzo took another substantial slice out of the Misano lap record to top FP3 on a hot Saturday morning at Misano, while both Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding were pushed out of the top ten, forcing them into the afternoon Q1 session.

What is fast becoming a customary feature of each race weekend, Lorenzo waited until the final ten minutes of FP3 to stamp his authority all over the session - and indeed the weekend - to put visible distance between himself and team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The Movistar Yamaha man lapped the Misano circuit in 1m 32.192s, more than six tenths faster than his Friday time, to lay down an early Saturday marker.

Related Articles

Such was the Majorcan's pace, each of his six laps during his final run were in the 1m 32s, underlining his unerring consistency. Only Marc Marquez could get close, the Catalan's best time some 0.22s slower.

Although Rossi improved on his Friday time by close to three quarters of a second to place third, he was still 0.601s in arrears of his title rival. Indeed Rossi has failed to get within half a second of Lorenzo in each of the weekend's sessions.

Many riders spent the majority of the session on used tyres, giving the impression that the top six has closed together. However Lorenzo and Marquez's laps in the final ten minutes strung the top three places out once again.

Sat precariously outside the top ten with the clock ticking down, the triple-headed 'Factory' Ducati assault was headed by Andrea Dovizioso, whose jump to fourth overall was a contributing factor to squeezing Crutchlow out of tenth.

Dani Pedrosa was sandwiched between Dovizioso and Michele Pirro, with the Italian wildcard setting the sixth fastest time on his final lap despite catching the outside of the track on the exit of the final corner.

Bradley Smith headed the provisional third row, a place ahead of Andrea Iannone. Overnight changes made to the Italian's GP15 appeared to pay immediate dividends as he shaved 0.8s off his Friday time early on only for his machine to expire ten minutes into the session.

Yet Iannone recovered, pushing Pol Espargaro back to ninth and Danilo Petrucci - seventh at the end of day one - to tenth.

Crutchlow will therefore join countryman Redding (14th) and the Suzuki duo of Aleix Espargaro (twelfth) and Maverick Vi?ales (13th), who were once again unable to make their previous testing experience on this new surface count.

Of the top 20, only Eugene Laverty was unable to better his Friday time. The Northern Irishman suffered a fast fall at turn 15 after losing the front. The resulting quick tumble through the gravel didn't prevent him from taking to the circuit in the remainder of the session.

FP3:
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Andrea Dovizioso
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Michele Pirro
7. Bradley Smith
8. Andrea Iannone
9. Pol Espargaro
10. Danilo Petrucci
11. Cal Crutchlow
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Maverick Vi?ales
14. Scott Redding
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Hector Barbera
17. Loris Baz
18. Alvaro Bautista
19. Nicky Hayden
20. Stefan Bradl
21. Jack Miller
22. Mike Di Meglio
23. Eugene Laverty
24. Alex De Angelis
25. Karel Abraham
26. Claudio Corti