Dovizioso Stays on Top as Petrucci Makes Move in FP3

by Louis Suddaby
Andrea Dovizioso - Silverstone

Andrea Dovizioso stayed on top of the overall standings after final practice at Silverstone while Danilo Petrucci produced an outstanding lap to secure a Q2 place. With overnight rain leaving plenty of damp patches, only ten riders improved on their Friday times but crucially, Petrucci was among them as he snatched a Q2 spot at the expense of Alvaro Bautista.

Many were fearing a quiet session due to the less favourable conditions but Maverick Vinales did continue his promising performance, setting the initial pace in the session with a 2:02.623, still a second shy of Dovizioso’s overall benchmark. With seven minutes remaining, the combined classification was still unchanged but Petrucci made the first big leap, snatching tenth with a time of 2:02.257.

This forced everybody into action, recognising that Q2 spots were suddenly up for grabs but Bautista threw away his chance with a crash at turn 12. Takaaki Nakagami was another rider threatening to gate-crash the top ten, despite a tumble midway through proceedings, but a second fall at the Loop for the LCR rider dashed any hopes for the Japanese rookie.

In a frantic late dash, Petrucci improved still further to take seventh overall, putting Andrea Iannone on the bubble, and the Suzuki rider narrowly avoided elimination when Franco Morbidelli improved to eleventh, missing out by a tenth of a second.

Ultimately, Dovizioso held onto top spot from home favourite Cal Crutchlow who topped FP3 while the rest of the top six mirrored Friday’s order with Vinales next up, just ahead of Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Jack Miller. Petrucci finished seventh ahead of Johann Zarco and Valentino Rossi, two riders who improved their overall times but couldn’t climb up the order, while Iannone rounds out the top ten.

As a result, Morbidelli and Bautista will head the field in Q1 this afternoon, joined by the likes of Dani Pedrosa, Tito Rabat and the two other British hopes, Bradley Smith and Scott Redding.


2018 GoPro British Grand Prix (Combined Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
14. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team2:01.385
235. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda Castrol2:01.390
325. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:01.446
493. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team2:01.529
599. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team2:01.782
643. Jack MillerDucatiAlma Pramac Racing2:01.819
79. Danilo PetrucciDucatiAlma Pramac Racing2:01.893
85. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.962
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:02.088
1029. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR2:02.231
1121. Franco MorbidelliHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.321
1219. Alvaro BautistaDucatiAngel Nieto Team2:02.448
1330. Takaaki NakagamiHondaLCR Honda IDEMITSU2:02.515
1438. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:02.559
1553. Tito RabatDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:02.640
1626. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team2:02.864
1741. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:02.938
1842. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR2:03.197
1955. Hafizh SyahrinYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.293
2017. Karel AbrahamDucatiAngel Nieto Team2:03.701
2145. Scott ReddingApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:03.810
2212. Thomas LuthiHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:03.813
2376. Loris BazKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:04.316
2410. Xavier SimeonDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:05.077

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