Saturday morning, the all-time lap record for the MotoGP class was improved three times at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans. Johann Zarco, Pecco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo were ahead at the end of FP3.
Gresini-Ducati ace Enea Bastianini broke Johann Zarco’s four-year-old record in all laps on the 4.185 km long Bugatti Circuit in FP2 on Friday in 1: 31.148 min. Jack Miller predicted even faster times for Saturday: “On Saturday, we will definitely set lap times at 1:30. Especially when it’s colder in the morning, “the Ducati factory rider referred to FP3.
The third free practice started at 9.55 in sunshine, 16 degree air and 17 degree asphalt temperature. The task was clear: Only the top 10 of the combined timesheets move directly into Q2, which starts at 14.35. The remaining MotoGP riders will fight in Q1 from kl. 14.10 on the last two tickets for the crucial second qualifying session. SPEEDWEEK.com ticks the entire MotoGP qualifier live.
After ten minutes, Marc Márquez in FP3 became the first MotoGP rider to improve on Friday’s personal record. In 1: 31.965 min he approached the top 10 in a twelfth place. His Honda brand colleague Takaaki Nakagami only briefly moved up to 10th place in this early phase, Jorge Martin countered.
“Takas” left knee is not yet at 100 percent after his crash in the Jerez test. “Until Tuesday, I could not bend it at all. I expected worse, but it’s okay. The problem is the change of direction. It was very painful, but I can ride a bike, and the performance was not so bad. We have to make it, ”the 30-year-old Japanese man said after the first day of training.
After 20 minutes, Pol Espargaró crashed in turn 7 – by the way, it was the fifth crash by a MotoGP rider in the “Museum” corner this weekend.
Halfway through the 45-minute session, Fabio Quartararo led the FP3 position with 1: 31.713 min. In the combined timesheets, there were no changes at the top compared to FP2. Nakagami started chasing fresh soft tires for the first time with 20 minutes left. 1: 31.471, which would have brought him a preliminary fourth place in the overall standings, was taken out of the standings because the track limit was exceeded in turn 14.
A quarter of an hour before the end, Bastianini parked his GP21 smoking at the edge of the track in the third sector. His best time on Friday, however, should be enough for the direct entry into Q2, though the time list was turned upside down again in the final ten minutes.
Marc Márquez teamed up with Quartararo – and he backed the right draft horse: The World Championship leader was the first MotoGP rider to stay under 1:31 min in Le Mans and turn the all-time lap record down to 1: 30.847 min. Márquez was shortly after him in 3rd place (+ 0.502 sec) despite a swing in turn 10.
Then it was Bagnaia’s turn, which before had even been smoked out of the top-10. He put 1: 30.568 min on top – another record lap.
Meanwhile, Marc Márquez also positioned himself behind Quartararo for a second attack. The 59-time MotoGP winner needed an improvement as personal records followed personal records – and he did so and stormed into P3.
The French fans cheered on Quartarro’s best sector times, but he ended up falling 0.114 seconds behind Bagnaia. In return, Zarco delivered an all-time record in the last attempt with a time of 1: 30.537 minutes. The Pramac veteran leads the MotoGP field after three training sessions ahead of Bagnaia, Quartararo, Marc Márquez and Jack Miller.
MotoGP, Le Mans combined times after FP3 (May 14):
1. Zarco, Ducati, 1: 30.537 min
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.031 sec
3. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.145
4. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.248
5.Miller, Ducati, +.300
6. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.444
7. Nakagami, Honda, +0.525
8. Rins, Suzuki, +0,550
9. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.565
10.Bastianini, Ducati, +0.611
11. Martin, Ducati, +0.614
12. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.632
13. Mir, Suzuki, +0.691
14. Marini, Ducati, +0.691
15. Brad Binder, KTM, +0.816
16. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.866
17. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +1.056
18. Oliveira, KTM, +1.162
19. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.179
20. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.310
21. Gardner, KTM, +1,350
22. Alex Marquez, Honda, +1,465
23. Fernandez, KTM, +2,546
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +2,704
Moto3, Le Mans combined times after FP3 (May 14):
1. Foggia, Honda, 1: 41,680 min
2. Guevara, GASGAS, + 0.096 sec
3. Suzuki, Honda, +0.291
4. Tatay, CFMOTO, +0.409
5. Masia, KTM, +0.433
6. Artigas, CFMOTO, +0.439
7. Migno, Honda, +0.480
8. Holgado, KTM, +0.449
9. Yamanaka, KTM, +0.561
10. Garcia, GASGAS, +0.564
11. Sasaki, Husqvarna, +0.622
12. McPhee, Husqvarna, +0.647
13. Kelso, KTM, +0.652
14. Moreira, KTM, +0.653
15. Rueda, Honda, +0.733