Morbidelli leads the MotoGP field in Free Practice 3 for the Catalunya MotoGP.

The top ten riders after FP3 (combined times) receive direct access to the second and final part of qualifying, meaning the likes of Miller and Marc Marquez miss out and needing to take part in Qualifying 1.

Friday leader Zarco progresses to Qualifying 2 despite not improving this morning.

Alex Rins is absent after suffering a wrist fracture while training at the track on his bicycle on Thursday morning.

Vinales is working with new crew chief Silvano Galbusera for the first time this weekend, having split form Esteban Garcia following Mugello.

Turn 10 in Barcelona has been redesigned in time for this year's MotoGP event, with the sharp 'F1 corner' at the end of the back straight replaced by a more flowing layout similar to the original Turn 10, used until 2016.

Rookie Jorge Martin is back this weekend after missing the last three rounds due to multiple fractures in Portimao.

Marc Marquez is taking part in his fifth event since returning to MotoGP action, but continues to struggle with his right arm and shoulder.

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Catalunya MotoGP, Barcelona - Free Practice (3) Results
Pos RiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1^1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'38.929s17/17341k
2^1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.046s13/19344k
3^11Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.122s18/19351k
4^1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.144s18/18352k
5^4Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.150s18/18347k
6˅2Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.237s19/19348k
7˅1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.353s20/20343k
8^8Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.395s17/19344k
9^10Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.497s21/21344k
10˅3Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.566s18/18352k
11=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.569s12/18346k
12˅2Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.590s19/19346k
13˅1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.760s19/19343k
14^1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.772s20/20348k
15˅14Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.831s20/20353k
16^5Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.887s15/15353k
17=Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.989s19/21347k
18=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.999s21/21345k
19˅6Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.146s15/20345k
20˅12Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.814s3/16347k
21˅1Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+2.251s2/13343k

Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP2.
= Rider is same position as FP2.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP2.

* Rookie.

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
PosRiderNatTeam
1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)
5Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)
7Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
8Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
10Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)

Fastest practice time:
Johann Zarco FRA Ducati 1m 39.235s (FP2)

(FP2) Former Catalunya MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati 1m 38.680s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati 1m 40.021s (2018)

By Peter McLaren

 

 

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