Maverick Vinales leads FP3 at the Qatar MotoGP and stays on top of the combined practice timesheets courtesy of his FP1 lap.

Meanwhile the likes Jorge Lorenzo missed out on a top ten place and will need to take part in Qualifying 1.

As in the earlier FP2 session, many riders struggled to improve on their Thursday lap times during FP3, grip levels having changed after an earlier rain storm.

There were early falls for Danilo Petrucci and Jonas Folger, while the side of Scott Redding's fairing then popped open on the main straight. Redding and Cal Crutchlow fell at the end of the session...

FP3:1.Maverick Vi?alesESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 54.834s[Lap 17/17]340km/h (Top Speed)2.Andrea IannoneITATeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 54.848s +0.014s[16/17]338km/h3.Johann ZarcoFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*1m 55.008s +0.174s[15/17]341km/h4.Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP17)1m 55.042s +0.208s[13/15]348km/h5.Dani PedrosaESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 55.113s +0.279s[15/16]344km/h6.Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 55.211s +0.377s[15/16]340km/h7.Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 55.296s +0.462s[14/15]343km/h8.Danilo PetrucciITAOcto Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17)1m 55.435s +0.601s[15/16]345km/h9.Jorge LorenzoESPDucati Team (Desmosedici GP17)1m 55.461s +0.627s[14/15]349km/h10.Aleix EspargaroESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 55.634s +0.800s[16/16]345km/h11.Alvaro BautistaESPAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16)1m 55.676s +0.842s[17/17]347km/h12.Jonas FolgerGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*1m 55.713s +0.879s[13/14]338km/h13.Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.790s +0.956s[15/15]343km/h14.Karel AbrahamCZEAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15)1m 56.095s +1.261s[14/16]346km/h15.Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*1m 56.249s +1.415s[16/17]341km/h16.Tito RabatESPEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 56.617s +1.783s[14/15]340km/h17.Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16)1m 56.662s +1.828s[9/14]343km/h18.Jack MillerAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 56.692s +1.858s[14/17]342km/h19.Sam LowesGBRFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*1m 56.854s +2.020s[11/13]336km/h20.Loris BazFRAReale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15)1m 56.935s +2.101s[4/15]338km/h21.Hector BarberaESPReale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)1m 57.005s +2.171s[12/12]346km/h22.Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)1m 57.630s +2.796s[15/17]340km/h23.Bradley SmithGBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)1m 57.654s +2.820s[10/18]337km/h

Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1.Maverick VinalesESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
2.Andrea IannoneITATeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
3.Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)
4.Johann ZarcoFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*
5.Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP17)
6.Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16)
7.Dani PedrosaESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)
8.Jonas Folger GERMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*
9.Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)
10.Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)

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Fastest Thursday time:Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 54.316sFastest 2017 Qatar Test time:Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 54.330s

Official Losail MotoGP records:Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 53.927s (2008)Fastest race lap:Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

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By Peter McLaren


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