Marquez tops practice ahead of MotoGP season opener in Qatar

Marc Marquez participates in FP3 ahead of the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez finished on top of the combined timesheets after a frantic end to FP3, with Cal Crutchlow claiming a sensational second place.

With the combined times from all three practice sessions deciding who would qualify automatically for Q2, with the top 10 riders all making it through, it was once again Repsol Honda’s Marquez who ended on top of the timesheets in Qatar.

The satellite CWM LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow put in a sensational lap to end the three sessions in second. Andrea Iannone finished third, after losing the front at Turn 2 ended any chance he had of improving on his time set early on in FP3.

Aleix Espargaro put the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR into fourth, with the Movistar Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi just making it through to Q2 in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Hector Barbera was the leading Open class rider in 11th, with Scott Redding, Maverick Vinales and Bradley Smith on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha being some of the big names who will have to battle it out in Q1.

Loris Baz also crashed at Turn 2, and was taken to the medical center for an x-ray on a suspected broken finger.

Click here for the combined results from free practice .