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MotoGP British GP: Espargaro leads FP3 from Martin and Miller

Autosport logo Autosport 4 days ago Lewis Duncan

Cooler conditions on Saturday morning meant lap time gains on the overall combined order were few and far between for the first half of the session.

Espargaro would be the first major improver on the combined standings as the session neared its end and would remain fastest of all heading into qualifying with a 1m58.254s come the chequered flag.

Only Tech3 KTM rookie Raul Fernandez after 15 minutes of running had found time on his Friday best, albeit remaining in 23rd as Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati led the individual timesheet with a 1m59.476s.

It wouldn’t be until the final 16 minutes of the session when some serious attacks on Fabio Quartararo’s best effort from Friday were made.

Aprilia’s Espargaro toppled Quartararo’s 1m58.946s with a 1m58.695s on his first time attack run on fresh soft Michelin rubber.

He was immediately bettered by team-mate Maverick Vinales, who fired in a 1m58.599s, before Espargaro on his second effort came within touching distance of the all-time Silverstone lap record with a 1m58.254s to return to the top of the order.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing © Autosport.com Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Ducati’s Jack Miller split the Aprilia pair as the session entered into its final 11 minutes with a 1m58.332s, as Quartararo – who continued to practice the long lap penalty loop in FP3 – sat fourth.

With just 10 minutes to go, all inside the top 10 apart from ninth-placed Alex Rins had found time on their Friday best laps as they made their bids to go directly into the pole shootout session in qualifying later this afternoon.

Espargaro failed to make any further gains on his 1m58.254s lap as the clock counted down, though did catch the ire of Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia at Village corner in the closing stages after the latter felt he’d been disturbed on his flying lap.

But on the cooldown lap after the chequered flag, the pair embraced and put the matter to rest.

Pramac’s Martin threatened Espargaro’s time on his final flying lap at the end of the session, but came up just short with a 1m58.282s to safely see himself into Q2 later this afternoon.

Martin was forced to park up on his way back to pitlane after the chequered flag as his Ducati cut out. It’s not yet clear if this was a mechanical issue or simply he ran out of fuel.

Miller completed the top three on his factory team Ducati ahead of Zarco, who crashed late on at Village corner when he lost the front-end of his GP22 under braking.

Jack Miller, Ducati Team © Autosport.com Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Jack Miller, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Vinales rounded out the top five on his Aprilia, with championship leader Quartararo sixth in the end ahead of Bagnaia and Suzuki’s Joan Mir.

Luca Marini bagged a direct Q2 place on his VR46 Ducati in ninth ahead of the sister Suzuki of Alex Rins, with Marco Bezzecchi dropping into Q1 having missed the cut by just 0.182s.

He will be joined in Q1 in qualifying by Gresini’s Enea Bastianini, who could only managed 12th at the end of FP3 ahead of Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli.

All four KTM riders will have to go through the first qualifying segment as well later today, along with all of the Honda runners and the RNF duo of the retiring Andrea Dovizioso and rookie Darryn Binder.

Qualifying for the 2022 MotoGP British Grand Prix will get underway at 2:10pm local time.

Full FP3 results:

ClaRider BikeTimeGapInterval  
1 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP © Provided by Autosport Aprilia RS-GP Aprilia 1'58.254
2 Jorge Martin Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.282 0.028 0.028
3 Jack Miller Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.332 0.078 0.050
4 Johann Zarco Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.344 0.090 0.012
5 Maverick Viñales Aprilia RS-GP © Provided by Autosport Aprilia RS-GP Aprilia 1'58.575 0.321 0.231
6 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'58.619 0.365 0.044
7 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.625 0.371 0.006
8 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR © Provided by Autosport Suzuki GSX-RR Suzuki 1'58.657 0.403 0.032
9 Luca Marini Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.663 0.409 0.006
10 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR © Provided by Autosport Suzuki GSX-RR Suzuki 1'58.729 0.475 0.066
11 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.911 0.657 0.182
12 Enea Bastianini Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'58.927 0.673 0.016
13 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'59.006 0.752 0.079
14 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 © Provided by Autosport KTM RC16 KTM 1'59.066 0.812 0.060
15 Alex Marquez Honda RC213V © Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V Honda 1'59.110 0.856 0.044
16 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V © Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V Honda 1'59.225 0.971 0.115
17 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 1'59.240 0.986 0.015
18 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati Desmosedici © Provided by Autosport Ducati Desmosedici Ducati 1'59.485 1.231 0.245
19 Brad Binder KTM RC16 © Provided by Autosport KTM RC16 KTM 1'59.531 1.277 0.046
20 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V © Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V Honda 1'59.623 1.369 0.092
21 Remy Gardner KTM RC16 © Provided by Autosport KTM RC16 KTM 1'59.649 1.395 0.026
22 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V © Provided by Autosport Honda RC213V Honda 1'59.815 1.561 0.166
23 Raúl Fernández KTM RC16 © Provided by Autosport KTM RC16 KTM 2'00.065 1.811 0.250
24 Darryn Binder Yamaha YZR-M1 © Provided by Autosport Yamaha YZR-M1 Yamaha 2'00.639 2.385 0.574
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