Quartararo leads a 'slow' Free Practice 3 at a windy and dusty Doha MotoGP.

The top 10 riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of qualifying, but the strong winds and dust - combined with the afternoon heat - meant some riders stayed in the pits (including Friday leader Miller) and nobody improved on yesterday's lap times.

That means the likes of reigning world champion Mir, Rossi and Honda's Espargaro will be among those battling it out in Qualifying 1.

The Doha Grand Prix is the second of two back-to-back opening rounds held at Losail in Qatar.

Bradl is again replacing the injured Marc Marquez, who is missing both Qatar rounds.

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Doha MotoGP, Qatar  - Free Practice (3) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'56.064s12/12330k
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.283s12/14335k
3Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.386s9/13326k
4Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.550s5/5332k
5Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.583s6/8329k
6Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.596s12/13328k
7Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.604s10/11331k
8Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.637s6/7333k
9Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.654s15/15332k
10Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.725s10/10332k
11Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.791s14/15331k
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.869s14/14334k
13Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.917s13/13332k
14Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+1.271s6/6336k
15Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+1.314s15/15328k
16Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.386s12/12332k
17Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.569s3/5335k
18Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+7.284s2/4328k
 Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)No Time0/00
 Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*No Time0/00
 Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)No Time0/00
 Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*No Time0/00
 
Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
4Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
5Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*
6Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
7Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
8Alex RinsESPSuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
9Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)

* Rookie.
Fastest Friday time:
Jack Miller ITA Ducati 1m 53.145s

(FP2) Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 52.772s(2021)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

 

 

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