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MotoGP Red Bull Ring: Honda's Marquez hits the front in FP3

Marc Marquez Honda Red Bull Ring MotoGP 2017

MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez topped third practice for the Austrian Grand Prix by more than four tenths, while Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa failed to advance directly to Q2.

The session started with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - who had struggled with illness on Friday and could only manage 12th in practices one and two - leading the early running.

Rossi opted to use Yamaha's new fairing in the session, which he first tested at Brno last Monday and was not expected to use at the Red Bull Ring.

Although Johann Zarco and then Marquez knocked Rossi off top spot at the halfway point, the Italian went quicker again and became the first rider to beat Andrea Dovizioso's Friday benchmark by going under the 1m24s barrier.

But Rossi was again trumped by Zarco and Marquez, with the Honda rider's eventual session-best of 1m23.459s putting him 0.423 seconds clear.

Behind Zarco, Suzuki's Andrea Iannone took third.

Jorge Lorenzo was Ducati's lead representative in fourth, with Rossi ending the session in fifth ahead of Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales.

The 2015-spec Ducatis of Loris Baz (Avintia) and Aspar's Karel Abraham completed the top eight and will take part in Q2 as a result.

Cal Crutchlow fell at Turn 9 and ended the session ninth - and last of those to automatically progress to Q2.

Scott Redding was 10th, but will have to take part in the Q1 qualifying session as Dovizioso's fastest lap from FP2 was enough to put him through to Q2 despite finishing FP3 in 16th and the best part of a second off Marquez's time.

Pedrosa could only manage the 14th-fastest time in FP3 and like Redding will have to take part in the first part of qualifying.

Bradley Smith was the only rider apart from Crutchlow to crash during the session.

The KTM rider falling at Turn 1 and finishing the session slowest of the 24 riders.

FP3 times

1Marc MarquezHondaHonda1m23.459s-24
2Johann ZarcoTech3 YamahaYamaha1m23.882s0.423s27
3Andrea IannoneSuzukiSuzuki1m23.943s0.484s25
4Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati1m23.968s0.509s22
5Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha1m23.995s0.536s24
6Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha1m24.049s0.590s22
7Loris BazAvintia DucatiDucati1m24.097s0.638s22
8Karel AbrahamAspar DucatiDucati1m24.109s0.650s23
9Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1m24.182s0.723s20
10Scott ReddingPramac DucatiDucati1m24.190s0.731s23
11Danilo PetrucciPramac DucatiDucati1m24.196s0.737s24
12Jonas FolgerTech3 YamahaYamaha1m24.275s0.816s21
13Hector BarberaAvintia DucatiDucati1m24.294s0.835s20
14Dani PedrosaHondaHonda1m24.421s0.962s24
15Alvaro BautistaAspar DucatiDucati1m24.427s0.968s24
16Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati1m24.454s0.995s22
17Mika KallioKTMKTM1m24.630s1.171s22
18Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1m24.642s1.183s21
19Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1m24.660s1.201s22
20Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki1m24.709s1.250s24
21Jack MillerMVDS HondaHonda1m24.744s1.285s24
22Tito RabatMVDS HondaHonda1m24.887s1.428s26
23Sam LowesApriliaAprilia1m25.033s1.574s22
24Bradley SmithKTMKTM1m25.515s2.056s20

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