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San Marino Grand Prix, Misano: FP3 Results – Álvaro leads mixed final practice

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In yet another heavily weather-affected practice session Álvaro posted the fastest laptime in mixed conditions, going out on slick tyres as the track started to dry up in the final minutes and leading second-fastest man Valentino Rossi by over a second. But his laptime of 1’42.393 was still slightly slower than Karel Abraham’s best effort from yesterday afternoon.

Most of the riders only went out on wet tyres during the session and factory riders Lorenzo and Pedrosa sat out the last few laps when the racing line began to dry out, resulting in big gaps on the time sheets. Overall the weather again made for a fairly useless session for the riders, the risks being bigger than the potential gain for most of them and with not many conclusions to be drawn.

With dry conditions expected for this afternoon it could make for a very interesting qualifying as it would be the first session in stable conditions and the teams and riders will work frantically to get their setups right for tomorrow’s race which is also expected to be dry and could throw up a few surprise after the first three practices all being “lost” due to the weather.

Pos. Rider Team Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’42.393
2 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1’43.452 1.059 / 1.059
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1’45.422 3.029 / 1.970
4 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’46.120 3.727 / 0.698
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’46.728 4.335 / 0.608
6 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 1’46.790 4.397 / 0.062
7 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 1’46.840 4.447 / 0.050
8 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’46.847 4.454 / 0.007
9 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1’46.970 4.577 / 0.123
10 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1’47.130 4.737 / 0.160
11 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.340 4.947 / 0.210
12 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1’47.570 5.177 / 0.230
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens 1’48.139 5.746 / 0.569
14 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1’48.551 6.158 / 0.412
15 Jonathan REA Repsol Honda Team 1’48.591 6.198 / 0.040
16 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’48.962 6.569 / 0.371
17 Mattia PASINI Speed Master 1’49.072 6.679 / 0.110
David SALOM Avintia Blusens 1’49.964 7.571 / 0.892
Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1’53.035 10.642 / 3.071
Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1’53.614 11.221 / 0.579
James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport

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