Jack Miller sets the pace in Austin MotoGP FP3, Nakagami second

Jack Miller sets the pace in Austin MotoGP FP3, Nakagami second

After Marc Marquez dominating the Friday practice sessions, Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller left nothing to imagination as he topped the time sheets in the third practice session at the Circuit Of The Americas.

Before the third practice session was underway, there was speculation that it would be slightly raining. However, luck befell the riders as they set out to a dry track on the qualifying day.

In the early stages of the third practice session, the riders could not match the combined friday practice lap times set by Marc Marquez. The closest just came within an eighth of a second of the Spaniards lap time.

It seemed as Marquez would continue dominating the Saturday practice, as Takaaki Nakagami closely followed in P2 with a gap of under a tenth of a second. Nakagami later, further narrowed down the gap after recording 2.04.616 lap time, which was sixth tenths of a second off Marc Marquez leading time.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir however, split the two riders taking P2, a move that saw the world champion rank tenth overall.

With the practice session being halfway, Nakagami made the fastest lap with 2.07.739 time, which was enough to rank the Japanese rider on top of the combined lap times. Nakagami’s teammate Alex Marquez was not that lucky as he suffered a slow crash on turn 1 moments later.

Miguel Oliveira soon followed Nakagami in time attack that saw him move into the top 6 fastest lap times, but his time was not long lasting as several riders were faster and eventually the Portuguese rider was knocked out of the top ten by his teammate Brad Binder.

Jack Miller, who was the favorite for the Saturday quali, topped the time sheets with only thirteen minutes to go. Monster Energy Yamaha team-mates Fabio Quarararo and Franco Morbidelli made improvements, while Alex Rins, winner the last time MotoGP race at COTA also jumped up the order for Suzuki.

Yellow flags were brought out with five minutes remaining as Aleix Espargaro suffered a second crash this weekend at turn 12.

At the front, Marquez threatened to displace Miller late on, before the Australian set the first and only sub 2m 03s time so far this weekend, a lap that was a stunning six tenths quicker than Nakagami in second. Luca Marini became the third rider to fall late on at turn two.


1^1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)2’02.923s15/16348k
2^3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.679s15/16341k
3^6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.804s16/17341k
4˅3Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.881s15/17345k
5^3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.900s15/17346k
6˅3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.944s13/17340k
7˅3Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.097s12/12344k
8^3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.117s15/15342k
9˅3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+1.202s14/15347k
10˅3Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.274s14/15344k
11^7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.337s16/16343k
12˅2Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.504s16/16346k
13=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.571s14/16340k
14^1Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.587s14/16339k
15^2Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.937s17/17338k
16^5Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.967s13/14340k
17˅3Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.387s15/15335k
18˅2Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+2.616s12/14344k
19=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.635s3/12346k
20˅8Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+3.005s3/12342k
21˅1Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+3.127s11/15339k

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