Qatar MotoGP, Losail Circuit – Free Practice (3) Results – Crash

Morbidelli returns to the top of the MotoGP timesheets during Free Practice 3 for the Qatar season-opener, but the scorching afternoon heat means the Friday night lap times remain unbeaten.

Miller thus stays fastest overall for Ducati (despite his second tumble of the weekend at the start of FP3) while Suzuki’s reigning world champion Mir will be among those heading to Qualifying 1.

Aprilia’s Espargaro fell from his Aprilia at the end of this afternoon, moments after moving into second place.

Due to the heat, most riders swapped soft tyres (favourite for the race) for hards, although rookie Marini jumped up the order on softs in the closing minutes.

Bradl is again replacing the injured Marc Marquez, who is missing both Qatar rounds.

Vinales and Marquez (Alex) are without their usual crew chiefs for most of this weekend, after both registered an unclear PCR test upon arrival in Qatar.

Esteban Garcia (Vinales) and Christophe ‘Beefy’ Bourguignon (Marquez) will remain isolated in their hotels until passing a PCR test on Saturday.

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Riders directly to Qualifying 2 – Top 10 Combined Practice Times:
1Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)
5Alex RinsESPSuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
6Maverick VinalesESPMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)
7Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
8Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)
9Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)
10Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda (RC213V)

* Rookie.
2021 Qatar MotoGP – Fastest Day 1 Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.387s

2021 Qatar Tests – Fastest Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.183s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

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