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Aragon MotoGP: Marc Marquez fastest in FP3, Rossi makes Q2 in 10th

Marc MarquezMarc Marquez set the pace in the third MotoGP practice at Aragon ahead of Maverick Vinales, as Valentino Rossi made it directly into Q2 by taking 10th place.

Dani Pedrosa finished third, with Andrea Dovizioso in sixth.

The Saturday morning session was the first dry running of the weekend and it served as a shootout for the 10 Q2 spots.

Loris Baz went fastest early on with a 1m52.745s, but times quickly went down below the 1m50s-mark, with KTM wildcard Mika Kallio the first rider to do so.

Marquez then took over and he improved twice to lead the way with a 1m49.411s during the mid-session lull.

Kallio continued to impress by getting as close as 0.033-seconds to the top spot, but then Marquez improved again, this time by 0.1s.

The Honda rider's lead was briefly interrupted by title rival Dovizioso with seven minutes to go, only for Marquez to go 0.6s faster soon afterwards.

Marquez's effort of 1m48.252s ended up as the benchmark time of the session.

Ducati rider Dovizioso was also demoted by Yamaha's Vinales who, despite improving one more time, ended up more than 0.3s slower than Marquez.

Pedrosa then jumped into third during the final minute on the second works Honda, with Aspar Ducati's Alvaro Bautista was just a tenth slower in fourth.

Kallio completed his impressive session in fifth, comfortably beating KTM regulars Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, who were 12th and 22nd respectively.

Dovizioso eventually dropped down to sixth, and was followed by Aleix Espargaro, LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, who crashed after the chequered flag fell at Turn 5.

Although he spent the majority of the session in the second half of the time sheets, Rossi completed his first dry session of the weekend in 10th.

In doing so he beat Jorge Lorenzo to the final Q2 spot by 0.063s, as the Ducati rider lost time early in the session after his knee slider fell off.

Both Tech3 Yamaha riders Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger crashed during the session and failed to make it to Q2.

Other fallers were Jack Miller, who came down at the first corner, and Aprilia's Sam Lowes.

FP3 results

1Marc MarquezHonda1m48.252s20
2Maverick VinalesYamaha0.310s20
3Dani PedrosaHonda0.431s19
4Alvaro BautistaAspar Ducati0.531s20
5Mika KallioKTM0.559s18
6Andrea DoviziosoDucati0.629s19
7Aleix EspargaroAprilia0.668s17
8Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda0.769s18
9Andrea IannoneSuzuki0.887s15
10Valentino RossiYamaha0.971s19
11Jorge LorenzoDucati1.034s16
12Pol EspargaroKTM1.048s18
13Danilo PetrucciPramac Ducati1.137s18
14Tito RabatMVDS Honda1.221s19
15Jack MillerMVDS Honda1.271s17
16Scott ReddingPramac Ducati1.301s18
17Hector BarberaAvintia Ducati1.361s18
18Loris BazAvintia Ducati1.496s17
19Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1.620s15
20Karel AbrahamAspar Ducati1.881s18
21Alex RinsSuzuki1.884s18
22Bradley SmithKTM2.501s16
23Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha2.667s11
24Sam LowesAprilia2.824s9

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