Mugello FP3: Bagnaia i front, Marc Márquez kun 21. / MotoGP

Despite a quick departure, Ducati Work rider Pecco Bagnaia set the best qualifying time at the home race in Mugello. Six bikes from Borgo Panigale and one Aprilia are in the top 7.

Right at the start of FP3, it was eventful: The two rookies Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio di Giannantonio missed the brake point in front of San Donato and drove straight into the gravel bed where the Mooney VR46 driver overturned. More rides were seen in the first corner as the session progressed.

Jack Miller had to retire his factory Ducati early at turn 8 with a technical problem. After ten minutes, his teammate Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia fell at turn 12. His GP22 flew into the air fences and was badly damaged, but second place in 2021 came right up again. Young Pramac star Jorge Martin landed in the gravel trap at turn 10 after just under 20 minutes.

With 25 minutes left on the clock, Miller was the first to chase times on fresh soft tires, while Bagnaia returned to the pits in a new leather suit (without shoulder camera). Miller submitted two sector bests but lost too much in the third sector and has not yet improved compared to FP2.

As a reminder: Aleix Espargaró’s best time last Friday was 1: 45.891 min. Luca Marini, as number five after FP2, had even guessed: “I think we all have to drive under 1: 45.7 min to get into Q2.”

With 18 minutes left, Aprilia factory rider Maverick Viñales took his first big leap forward, finding nine tenths of a second and taking 3rd place on the combined timesheets. Five minutes later, Enea Bastianini moved up to the preliminary fourth place at Gresini-Ducati in the Frieden design.

Bagnaia then set the new meal eleven minutes before the end with 1: 45.393 min. It brought him almost half a second ahead of the rest of the field.

Fabio Quartararo’s all-time lap record was approaching, the Yamaha star had claimed pole position at 1: 45.187 minutes last year. This year, however, the defending champion and 2021 winner of Mugello looks set to fight more. After a violent sway in front, he was visibly frustrated.

Gresini rookie Di Giannantonio surprised with a strong final sector and finished in fifth place with seven minutes left. Remarkable: At the time, seven Ducati riders were in the top ten.

But it did not stop there: LCR Honda driver Takaaki Nakagami was even in 3rd place for a short time, until Marini was 0.369 seconds behind Bagnaia in 2nd place. His VR46 teammate Bezzecchi and the Pramac duo Zarco and Martin were also on the rise.

Only Aprilia spearhead Aleix Espargaró blew up Ducati superiority in second place. Two Hondas, Pol Espargaró and Nakagami, entered Q2, while Marc Márquez was only number 21.

Quartararo got the last Q2 ticket two minutes before the end before the yellow flag at the end: Bastianini attacked the best time but flew off in the 15th and final corner.

Darryn Binder crashed a little later into the same corner. The FIM MotoGP Stewards are therefore investigating the incident, as it is not clear whether the precautionary phase had already been lifted at that time.

Only Red Bull KTM factory driver Brad Binder did not improve compared to Friday, he was subsequently passed from 7th to 18th place. Miller lost even more places, after the third time in FP2 he was in 15th place after FP3, also in Q1 (start: 14.10).

MotoGP, Mugello combined time after FP3 (May 28):

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 45.393
2. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.276
Marini, Ducati, +0.369
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.374
5. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.460
6.Bastianini, Ducati, +0,467
7. Martin, Ducati, +0,486
8. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.487
9. Nakagami, Honda, +0.606
10. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.639
11. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.667
12. Rins, Suzuki, +0.671
13. Giannantonio, Ducati, +0.723
14. Oliveira, KTM, +0.761
15.Miller, Ducati, +0.776
16. Mir, Suzuki, +0.944
17. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0,970
18. Brad Binder, KTM, +1,046
19. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.090
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1.164
21. Marc Marquez, Honda, +1,184
22. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +1,346
23. Gardner, KTM, +1,546
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1,570
25. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1,630
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +1.653

MotoGP, FP3 results:

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 45.393
2. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.276
Marini, Ducati, +0.369
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.374
5. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.460
6.Bastianini, Ducati, +0,467
7. Martin, Ducati, +0,486
8. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.487
9. Nakagami, Honda, +0.606
10. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.639
11. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.667
12. Rins, Suzuki, +0.671
13. Giannantonio, Ducati, +0.723
14. Oliveira, KTM, +0.761
15.Miller, Ducati, +0.776
16. Mir, Suzuki, +0.944
17. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0,970
18. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.090
19. Brad Binder, KTM, +1.107
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1.164
21. Marc Marquez, Honda, +1,184
22. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +1,346
23. Gardner, KTM, +1,546
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1,570
25. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1,630
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +1.653

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