Indonesian MotoGP, Mandalika - Free Practice (3) Results

Free Practice (3) results from the Indonesian MotoGP at Mandalika, round 2 of the 2022 world championship.
Marc Marquez, Indonesian MotoGP, 19 March 2022
Marc Marquez, Indonesian MotoGP, 19 March 2022
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Indonesian MotoGP, Mandalika - Free Practice (3) Results
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1'34.067s20/21310k
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.183s16/16311k
3Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.283s21/21312k
4Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.342s20/20308k
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.566s19/19307k
6Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.576s19/19309k
7Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.646s17/18309k
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.683s23/24309k
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.773s21/21309k
10Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+0.785s20/20303k
11Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.875s11/11303k
12Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.880s20/20307k
13Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.993s19/19306k
14Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.060s20/20309k
15Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+1.143s15/16310k
16Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+1.201s22/22311k
17Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+1.250s17/17310k
18Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.789s15/15304k
19Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.877s13/16306k
20Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+2.272s14/15308k
21Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+3.237s16/17306k
22Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+7.387s10/13300k
23Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+9.196s6/7297k
24Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+16.202s2/4293k

* Rookie

Riders directly to Qualifying 2 - Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
2Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)
4Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)
5Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Factory (RS-GP)
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)
9Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)
10Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)

Fastest Friday time:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 31.608s (FP2)

Fastest Mandalika pre-season testing time:
Pol Espargaro SPA Honda 1m 31.060s




A wet but drying track in Free Practice 3 for the Indonesian MotoGP prevented improvements to the Friday times - meaning some big pre-race favourites such as Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir will take part in Qualifying 1, where only two will progress to the Q2 pole position shootout.

Most riders began this morning's session on medium wet tyres, with Jack Miller and rookie Marco Bezzecchi the first to try soft slicks. The crossover in lap time came with 30 of the 45 minutes to go, when Miller moved to the top of the timesheets.

Initially it was only Ducati riders that switched to slicks with Miller, Johann Zarco and Bezzecchi forming the top three, underlining the Desmosedici's ability to generate grip in slippery conditions. 

KTM's Miguel Oliveira then became the first non-Ducati rider to try dry rubber, at the midway stage, the Portuguese briefly moving ahead of Miller before Zarco, Miller again and then Marc Marquez took over P1.

Marquez, who suffered a fast accident at the end of FP2, kept slashing his lap time to the end but was left just under two-seconds away from Alex Rins' 1m 32.106s, the last of the combined top ten.

Francesco Bagnaia was 0.183s from Marquez, while VR46 won't be upset to see similar conditions in the race after their riders finished an impressive third and fourth courtesy of rookie Bezzecchi and Marini.

Although the wet patches meant Fabio Quartararo remained on top of the combined times, the reigning world champion worryingly suffered another technical issue with his Yamaha during the session. Suzuki's Rins also rolled back to the pits without power.

A special practice start period, using the grid place rather than usual practice start area, took place after the end of the session.

MotoGP's only prior track time at Mandalika came during a dusty three-day test in February, after which emergency resurfacing was required on around 25% of the circuit, from Turn 17 (the final corner) until after Turn 5.

In response to tyre overheating issues at the test, Michelin has brought a different, heat-resistant, casing that was last used at Buriram 2018. 

This weekend's event marks the first Indonesian motorcycle grand prix since Sentul in 1997.

Saturday schedule - Mandalika

Moto3 Free Practice 3: 08:50-9:30 (00:50-01:30 UK)
Moto2 Free Practice 3: 09:50-10:30 (01:50 -02:30 UK)
MotoGP Free Practice 3: 10:50-11:35 (02.50-03.35 UK)

Moto3 Qualifying 1: 12:25-12:40 (04:25-04.40 UK)
Moto3 Qualifying 2: 12:50-13:05 (04:50-05.05 UK)
Moto2 Qualifying 1: 13:25-12:40 (05:25-04.40 UK)
Moto2 Qualifying 2: 13:50-13:05 (05:50-05.05 UK)
MotoGP Free Practice 4: 14:25-14:55 (06:25-06.55 UK)
MotoGP Qualifying 1: 15:05-15:20 (07:05-07.20 UK)
MotoGP Qualifying 2: 15:30-15:45 (07:30-07.45 UK)

By Peter McLaren

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