2014 COTA MotoGP FP3 Result: Bradl Second Fastest

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Marc Marquez didn't set the fastest-ever lap at Austin's Circuit of the Americas Saturday during the third qualifying practice; His fast lap of 2'03.046 fell four-hundredths of a second shy of his own lap record from last year. Even so, the reigning world champion ended the third free practice seven-tenths clear of the pack in the session that sets the table for the two MotoGP qualifying practices later in the day.

Stefan Bradl managed the second-best time, just eclipsing Honda factory rider Dani Pedrosa (3rd).  Andrea Dovizioso continued his strong practice showing with a fourth-fastest time on his Ducati, nearly nine-tenths of a second behind the leader.

Bradley Smith rebounded from his struggles in FP2 -- where he was 10th fastest -- to grab the fifth spot. Smith was the final rider to finish within a second of Marquez and even topped the sheets in one of the four lap sectors.

But what's good for Smith is worrisome for Yamaha. Not only did rival Honda grab the top three times, Smith, in fifth, is the top Yamaha. Factory rider Jorge Lorenzo, who started strong in FP3, faded late to seventh, finishing just behind Andrea Iannone's Ducati (6th).

Cal Crutchlow put his factory Ducati into eighth followed by the Yamahas Pol Espargaro (9th) and Valentino Rossi (10th).

The top 10 riders will return to the track for Q2. The riders who finished out of the top 10 in FP3 will first compete in Q1 to determine the order of the bottom half of the grid. However, the top two riders from Q1 will compete in Q2.

Results:

Pos. No. Riders Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.046  
2 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'03.791 0.745 / 0.745
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'03.934 0.888 / 0.143
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'03.939 0.893 / 0.005
5 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'03.963 0.917 / 0.024
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'04.104 1.058 / 0.141
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'04.175 1.129 / 0.071
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati 2'04.217 1.171 / 0.042
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'04.280 1.234 / 0.063
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.311 1.265 / 0.031
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 2'04.710 1.664 / 0.399
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha 2'04.718 1.672 / 0.008
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'05.387 2.341 / 0.669
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'05.401 2.355 / 0.014
15 45 Scott REDDING Honda 2'05.778 2.732 / 0.377
16 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 2'06.228 3.182 / 0.450
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 2'06.888 3.842 / 0.660
18 8 Hector BARBERA Avintia 2'07.158 4.112 / 0.270
19 5 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha 2'07.418 4.372 / 0.260
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ART 2'07.593 4.547 / 0.175
21 23 Broc PARKES PBM 2'07.842 4.796 / 0.249
22 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'08.089 5.043 / 0.247
23 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia 2'08.122 5.076 / 0.033

 

Race Details
2014

Comments

Smith impressive times.

Putting his best sector times together put him in 2nd ahead of Bradl with a 2:03.640

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