Marquez Leads In Frantic Finish to FP3 at Losail

Marc Marquez maintained a narrow advantage at the front of the MotoGP field in FP3 but a frenetic conclusion to final practice saw several big names miss out on an automatic Q2 place. British duo Scott Redding and Bradley Smith both missed out on a top ten spot, setting the scene for a gripping Q1 session tomorrow, but Cal Crutchlow made it safely through in second having lapped within a tenth of pacesetter Marquez.

Smith entered the final session in a precarious tenth position but he held onto the final Q2 place until five minutes from time when the open class runners unleashed their machines on softer tyres. Stefan Bradl was the first to make inroads, jumping to ninth, while Yonny Hernandez showed Ducati’s GP14 was just as competitive as its successor with a 1:55.102, lifting him to fourth.

Both Tech3 Yamahas were now in peril but Pol Espargaro clawed his way to safety with a 1:55.328, handing him the last automatic spot in Q2. Marquez was comfortably clear of the danger zone having improved his own time to a 1:54.822 while Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro joined him in the 1:54s.

Dani Pedrosa fell to fifth ahead of the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Yonny Hernandez while Yamaha cut it fine to get their riders into Q2, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finishing combined practice in eighth and ninth, marginally quicker than the younger Espargaro brother.

Scott Redding continued to make progress on the Marc VDS Honda but missed the cut by 0.119s while Smith was four tenths adrift, paying the price for setting his quickest time in the second practice session earlier this evening.


2015 Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar: Combined Practice Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:54.822Q2
235. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:54.918Q2
329. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:54.992Q2
441. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar1:54.994Q2
526. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.024Q2
64. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.044Q2
768. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:55.102Q2
899. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.108Q2
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.192Q2
1044. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.328Q2
118. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:55.396Q1
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:55.447Q1
1325. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar1:55.676Q1
146. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:55.694Q1
1563. Mike di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:55.707Q1
1638. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.741Q1
179. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:55.777Q1
1869. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:55.789Q1
1950. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:55.913Q1
2017. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:56.080Q1
2143. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:56.162Q1
2215. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:56.768Q1
2376. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:56.966Q1
2419. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.107Q1
2533. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.542Q1