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Published: 10:12 | 11/8/18

Marquez leads MotoGP FP3

Marc Marquez dominated FP3 at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Moto GP, a 1.7 second lead over Bradley Smith earmarking the championship leader as the form rider for the weekend of racing ahead.

An early morning downpour on the Austrian track meant that the surfaced was still wet, and despite the riders changing to slicks, the times in FP1 stood as the qualifying times for Q2.

Jorge Lorenzo set the early running with 1:33.938, before Valentino Rossi bested that with  Rossi with a 1:33.382, with the Italian going into Q1 for the first time since the Australian GP last year. Rossi went faster again with 1:33.289, before Dani Pedrosa, Xavier Simeon and Alex Rins all out-timed him.

Lorenzo upped the ante with 1:30.687s, but with seven minutes to go Jack Miller and then Rossi again clocked faster times as the pack changed onto slicks.

Miller and Lorenzo exchanged fastest laps once more, with a final time of 1:26.496s proving enough for Lorenzo to top the standings, as rain at the close of the session ruled out any contenders clocking a faster pace.

Austrian MotoGP FP3 times:

1Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m26.496s-
2Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m28.280s1.784s
3Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia1m28.478s1.982s
4Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m28.653s2.157s
5Thomas LuthiMVDS HondaHonda1m28.744s2.248s
6Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati1m28.967s2.471s
7Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m29.008s2.512s
8Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m29.014s2.518s
9Hafizh SyahrinTech3 YamahaYamaha1m29.206s2.710s
10 Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m29.208s2.712s
11 Xavier SimeonAvintia DucatiDucati1m29.762s3.266s
12 Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m30.255s3.759s
13 Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m30.390s3.894s
14 Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m30.687s4.191s
15 Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m31.375s4.879s
16 Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m31.644s5.148s
17 Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m32.239s5.743s
18 Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1m32.363s5.867s
19 Franco MorbidelliMVDS HondaHonda1m32.451s5.955s
-Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m34.465s7.969s
-Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m35.186s8.690s
-Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m38.257s11.761s
-Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati--

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