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MotoGP Italy: Iannone heads frantic FP3 shootout

Andrea Iannone once again shows tremendous one-lap pace to top a breathless FP3 session ahead of Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales.
Andrea Iannone once again showed his outright speed over a single lap at Mugello by topping a frenetic MotoGP FP3 session at Mugello, which saw the top 17 riders covered by 1.057s.

As the final ten minutes brought the usual quasi-qualifying run, the surprise placeings of Yonny Hernandez (fourth), Danilo Petrucci (sixth) and Michele Pirro (tenth) pushed a host of top names outside the top ten and into Saturday afternoon's Q1 session.

Furthermore, after the session finished, it was confirmed that Tito Rabat's first Italian Grand Prix in the premier class had been brought to a premature conclusion after an early fall at turn 13 fractured his left collarbone. The fast left also claimed Pol Espargaro several minutes later.

At the front Iannone's lap may have been a full half second under Marc Marquez's official lap record but the Repsol Honda man was almost equally as fast. Marquez was just 0.089s slower in second with Maverick Viñales salvaging a spot in Q2 with his final lap, which was enough for third.

Hernandez used Marquez's tow to brilliant effect to place fourth, just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who is failing to stamp his authority on the weekend in a similar way to a year ago. Petrucci's sixth and Bradley Smith's excellent seventh was enough to push Valentino Rossi – sporting a new helmet with the word 'MUGIALLO' (giallo means yellow in Italian) above the visor – down to eighth.

Dani Pedrosa was ninth, a place ahead of Michele Pirro, while Cal Crutchlow was the first of the big names to miss out on the top ten cut.

The LCR Honda rider will be joined in Q1 by Andrea Dovizioso (twelfth), Scott Redding (13th), Hector Barbera (14th), Jack Miller (15th), Aleix Espargaro (16th) and Pol Espargaro (17th).

1. Andrea Iannone
2. Marc Marquez
3. Maverick Viñales
4. Yonny Hernandez
5. Jorge Lorenzo
6. Danilo Petrucci
7. Bradley Smith
8. Valentino Rossi
9. Dani Pedrosa
10. Michele Pirro
11. Cal Crutchlow
12. Andrea Dovizioso
13. Scott Redding
14. Hector Barbera
15. Jack Miller
16. Aleix Espargaro
17. Pol Espargaro
18. Alvaro Bautista
19. Stefan Bradl
20. Loris Baz
21. Eugene Laverty
Tito Rabat

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May 21, 2016 11:11 AM

It's going to be extremely hard to predict the result for the race ........Ianonne probably is going to be on the pole and I would love for him to win the race as well ..boy if he does wonder how that's going to sit with Ducati.. Go Ianonne , win the race make Ducati management look ordinary to put it lightly...


May 21, 2016 1:42 PM

AusssieNsw: Crazy Joe was offered a contract BEFORE the season started (he said that himself at the per race conference) and he turned it down and I am very sorry he did because I really like him and I hope he puts the Duc.on the top step tomorrow and what would make my day would be Ducs on the 2nd and 3rd steps,but if he does not win it I think the surprise packet might be Marquez and I know that would freek all you fanboys out but that Honda is starting to look very solid,maybe not this weekend but I think it will be there at the end of the season just my opinion.
MM beating VR on a inferior bike will be a blasphemy in the yellow land.

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