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MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez fastest in crash-strewn FP3 session

Marc Marquez Honda MotoGP 2017 Brno

Marc Marquez recovered from an early-session crash to set the pace in the Saturday morning MotoGP practice for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Just four and a half minutes into the session, Alvaro Bautista crashed at Turn 10 after his Aspar Ducati seemingly leaked oil on the track.

The Hondas of Marquez and Cal Crutchlow both fell at the same spot a few moments later and the red flag came out to repair the damaged air fence the bikes hit.

After the restart, Dani Pedrosa quickly moved to the top with a 1m55.541s, before he also fell at Turn 8.

While he didn't improve for the rest of the session, he stayed at the front until the very last minute, when Marquez went 0.171s quicker with a 1m55.370s.

Pedrosa ended up second as the two factory Yamahas followed with Valentino Rossi ahead of Maverick Vinales.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest of the three 2017-spec Ducatis, all of which used different fairing designs.

While Dovizioso again opted not to use the new fairing, Jorge Lorenzo tested the same version he ran in FP2 and was ninth, two tenths behind his team-mate.

Meanwhile, Danilo Petrucci used a more extreme version of the new fairing on his Pramac-run machine, but was only 16th.

Crutchlow recovered from his early crash to take seventh, followed by Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco, who also had a crash at Turn 3.

Lorenzo and Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz were the last riders to seal automatic spots in Q2.

Baz was another rider to fall at Turn 8, while Scott Redding crashed at the fifth corner.

FP3 times

1Marc MarquezHonda1m55.370s-18
2Dani PedrosaHonda1m55.541s0.171s17
3Valentino RossiYamaha1m55.758s0.388s19
4Maverick VinalesYamaha1m55.773s0.403s18
5Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m55.777s0.407s16
6Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m55.819s0.449s15
7Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m55.871s0.501s17
8Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m55.895s0.525s18
9Jorge LorenzoDucati1m55.969s0.599s18
10Loris BazAvintia Ducati1m56.177s0.807s16
11Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha1m56.268s0.898s16
12Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m56.280s0.910s18
13Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1m56.320s0.950s17
14Pol EspargaroKTM1m56.350s0.980s18
15Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati1m56.667s1.297s16
16Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1m56.686s1.316s17
17Alex RinsSuzuki1m56.766s1.396s20
18Jack MillerMVDS Honda1m56.835s1.465s20
19Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1m57.001s1.631s13
20Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1m57.156s1.786s18
21Tito RabatMVDS Honda1m57.307s1.937s17
22Bradley SmithKTM1m57.398s2.028s20
23Sam LowesAprilia1m57.406s2.036s18

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