Morbidelli hits the top during a frantic end to Free Practice 3 for the Valencia MotoGP, but team-mate Quartararo is heading to Qualifying 1 for the first time this season.

An earlier light rain shower meant the track was damp for the start of the session. Conditions were suitable for slicks by the final 30-minutes, but it took until the final minutes for the best Friday times to be regularly challenged.

World championship leader Mir and nearest rival Quartararo were both outside the top ten after Friday but finally cracked the single-digit places late in FP3...only for Quartararo to be pushed back out and, like Rins, will now need to take part in Qualifying 1.

Mir starts the penultimate round with a 37-point lead over Rins and Quartararo, 41-point lead over Vinales and 45-point advantage over Morbidelli and Dovizioso. Mir will be crowned world champion on Sunday if he has a title lead of at least 26-points.

Friday leader Miller, Pramac team-mate Bagnaia and LCR's Nakagami claimed direct Qualifying 2 access despite not improving this morning.

Iker Lecuona hoped to return on Saturday morning after being forced to miss last weekend's round and self-isolate due to a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant, but has also now tested positive.

HRC test rider Bradl is replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who won't return until 2021.

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Valencia MotoGP - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'30.168s9/10318k
2Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.468s15/16324k
3Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.490s9/10326k
4Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.529s13/13321k
5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.566s13/14323k
6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.617s10/10320k
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.681s10/12324k
8Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.697s12/13320k
9Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.699s17/18321k
10Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.758s14/15321k
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.788s14/14320k
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.883s13/13323k
13Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.909s12/12326k
14Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.960s12/13327k
15Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+1.067s7/9332k
16Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+1.112s10/10327k
17Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.204s12/12321k
18Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.372s14/14324k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.546s10/13323k
20Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.774s10/10324k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.364s14/14314k

 

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)
3Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory (RC16)
4Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia Ducati (GP19)
5Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)
7Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
8Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)
10Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)

* Rookie.
Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren
 

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