Zarco leads Saturday morning practice at the Misano MotoGP, as the Frenchman and Miller break into the combined top ten to secure direct access to Qualifying 2.

The session began with some damp patches, after overnight thunderstorms, drying slowly in the sunshine. The best laps by Zarco and Miller came in the closing minutes, but the top friday times remained unchallenged.

Lorenzo chose not to ride this morning, having already done enough to secure his place in Qualifying 2.

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of this afternoon's qualifying session.

Tito Rabat is absent due to leg injuries at Silverstone and has been replaced by Christophe Ponsson. Ponsson is using the GP16 machines of Simeon, who has been handed Rabat's GP17s.

KTM's Espargaro is returning from back and shoulder injuries at Brno.

Stefan Bradl and Michele Pirro are competing as a wild-cards.

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FP3:

  1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 32.788s [Lap 21/21] 291km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 32.861s +0.073s [13/14] 287k
  3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 33.278s +0.490s [5/8] 295k
  4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 33.322s +0.534s [12/13] 290k
  5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 33.366s +0.578s [10/10] 293k
  6. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 33.554s +0.766s [11/11] 289k
  7. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 33.600s +0.812s [9/9] 287k
  8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 33.689s +0.901s [17/17] 294k
  9. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 33.743s +0.955s [12/12] 289k
  10. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 33.774s +0.986s [7/8] 291k
  11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 33.926s +1.138s [21/22] 292k
  12. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 34.170s +1.382s [11/11] 287k
  13. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP17)* 1m 34.485s +1.697s [12/12] 287k
  14. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 34.500s +1.712s [13/13] 286k
  15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 34.681s +1.893s [4/5] 291k
  16. Stefan Bradl GER HRC Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 34.889s +2.101s [13/13] 292k
  17. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 34.941s +2.153s [7/7] 286k
  18. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 34.953s +2.165s [9/9] 290k
  19. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 34.963s +2.175s [13/13] 288k
  20. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 35.202s +2.414s [5/10] 288k
  21. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 35.236s +2.448s [15/15] 287k
  22. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 35.598s +2.810s [6/10] 284k
  23. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 35.808s +3.020s [10/11] 289k
  24. Christophe Ponsson FRA Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 40.469s +7.681s [8/8] 282k
  25. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 50.722s +17.934s [2/2] 264k
  26. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) No Time [0/0]


Riders going directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:

  1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18)
  2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18)
  3. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)
  4. Maverick Vinales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  5. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V)
  6. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)
  7. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
  8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1)
  9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)
  10. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17)

*Rookie

Fastest Friday time:
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati 1m 32.198s(FP2)

Official Misano MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 31.868 (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1m 32.979s (2016)

By Peter McLaren