Home star Rossi, riding with a special 'viagra' themed helmet, charges to the top of Free Practice 3 for the Misano MotoGP.

However, a series of falls and late yellow flags could mean some laps might yet be lost. UPDATE: Results confirmed, times below.

Cal Crutchlow, who struggled with fluid in his right arm after recent surgery, has been ruled unfit for the remainder of the weekend.

Bagnaia, who suffered a fracture to his right tibia at Brno, is returning to action this weekend.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez is missing his fifth event after breaking his right arm in the MotoGP season opener and will be absent for another 'two-three months'. Marquez is again replaced by Stefan Bradl.

The Misano circuit has been resurfaced ahead of this year's MotoGP round, with the surface described as 'very grippy, but bumpy'. This is also the first premier-class event of the season to have fans in attendance, with 10,000 spectators per day being allowed into the circuit.

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San Marino MotoGP, Misano - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.861s21/21290k
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.075s19/20295k
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.100s18/20293k
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.268s14/16299k
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.345s21/21294k
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.377s19/20293k
7Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.387s17/17302k
8Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.407s19/20299k
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.420s18/20290k
10Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.557s20/22301k
11Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.706s14/15295k
12Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.752s14/16297k
13Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.769s14/18293k
14Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.834s18/18298k
15Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.841s15/16293k
16Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.930s19/21295k
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.139s20/20293k
18Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.390s22/23298k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.409s22/23298k
20Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.475s16/19297k
21Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.662s18/20295k

 

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)
5Alex RinsESPSuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)
8Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia Ducati (GP19)
9Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)

* Rookie.
Official Misano MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati 1m 31.629s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Andrea Dovizioso SPA Ducati 1m 32.678s (2018)

By Peter McLaren

 

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