With the MotoGP Saturday activity at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana getting under way in FP3, Repsol Honda’s title chasing rider Marc Marquez recorded a scorching 1:30.803 lap, topping the timesheet ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
Despite the cloudy conditions Marquez put in his fast lap at the end of the morning practice, going quicker than Dani Pedrosa’s 2012 pole record of 1:30.844 at the Spanish track.
World Champion Lorenzo was also on the pace and his late best effort put him just 0.1s behind his title rival on the timesheet.
Lorenzo’s Yamaha Factory Racing colleague Rossi was third fastest, lapping 0.23s behind Marquez and 0.25s ahead of fourth placed Dani Pedrosa. Repsol Honda man Pedrosa was marginally slower than he went on Friday afternoon, though he can relax this weekend and let the title candidates take the pressure.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was fifth, a second down on Marquez and unable to match his own best time from Friday.
The top 10 on the combined timesheet from free practice so far sees Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Ducati Team pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden go through to Q2.
Hiroshi Aoyama pulled up at trackside on the Avintia Blusens FTR with an engine fault and required a lift back to the pits on a scooter, ending up 20th overall.