Bagnaia leads Quartararo with 0.001s in Algarve MotoGP FP3

Bagnaia leads Quartararo with 0.001s in Algarve MotoGP FP3

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia led MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo by just 0.001 seconds in an extremely tight Algarve Grand Prix FP3.

Despite clear skies bathed in bright sunshine, conditions were cold for the third 45-minute session of the Algarve weekend.

This meant lap time improvements on the combined order were few and far between for most of FP3.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir was the first major improver on the combined order, the 2020 world champion moving up to third with a 1m39.586s – which also put him top of the individual FP3 timesheet.

But this would be the most significant lap for some time, with LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami the only other rider able to improve into the top 10 with 25 minutes of the session gone.

Despite the lack of combined order improvements, the field still went for fresh slicks in the closing stages for a final time attack to try and secure a direct place in Q2 for this afternoon’s qualifying.

With seven minutes to go Quartararo finally bettered his Friday time with a 1m39.206s to slightly extend his advantage at the top of the combined timesheets.

But it wouldn’t keep him top for long, as Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia found 0.004s to edge ahead with a 1m39.202s moments later.

A flurry of late lap times would shake up the top 10 order as the session wound down, but Bagnaia would remain fastest of all.

However, Yamaha’s Quartararo found a 1m39.203s on his final lap to shadow Bagnaia by 0.001s – setting up a titanic battle for pole position later today.

Mir completed the top three, missing top spot by just 0.025s on his Suzuki, with Ducati’s Jack Miller jumping up to fourth late on ahead of top Honda runner Alex Marquez on the LCR-run RC213V.

Franco Morbidelli had a wild ride to sixth on the second of the factory Yamahas ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins, while Pol Espargaro bagged a place in Q2 on the factory Honda ahead of Avintia rookie Luca Marini and Pramac’s Jorge Martin.

Just 0.461s covered the top 10, with Nakagami denied a place in Q2 by 0.005s from Tech3’s Iker Lecuona, who was comfortably top KTM on a continuing difficult weekend for the Austrian brand.

Home hero Miguel Oliveira – who said on Friday he’s “hit a wall” in terms of going faster – did manage to find nine tenths compared to his Friday best, but that was still only good enough for 15th and was still 0.859s off the pace.

He’ll face Q1 later along with the likes of Petronas SRT duo Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, and both Aprilias of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.


1^1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)1’39.202s15/18339k
2˅1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.001s20/20330k
3^1Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.025s13/16332k
4˅1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.160s18/19344k
5^2Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.173s19/20336k
6^6Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.274s19/19328k
7^3Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.348s19/20336k
8˅3Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.350s17/18339k
9^6Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.378s17/18336k
10^1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.461s17/19341k
11˅2Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.466s18/19338k
12^8Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.681s18/19335k
13^3Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.734s16/18334k
14˅8Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.793s18/19340k
15^4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.859s18/19332k
16˅3Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.005s17/17332k
17^4Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.011s18/19335k
18˅1Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.011s17/17334k
19˅1Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.080s20/20338k
20^2Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.162s19/19334k
21˅7Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.414s13/15332k
22˅14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.624s4/18341k

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