All you need to know about third Silverstone MotoGP practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
3 min read

Aprilia MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro led the way in the third practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone.

Key moments:

> Espargaro near lap record

> Aprilia and Ducati shine

> No Hondas or KTM heading directly to Q2

Espargaro flirted with beating Marc Marquez’s MotoGP lap record of the legendary British venue on his first rear soft-tyre run in the closing stages of the session, but came up just short with his 1m58.245s.

He was unable to improve subsequently on his second run but held on to the lead, ending up 0.028s clear of a last-second push lap from Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin.

Martin’s team-mate Johann Zarco was on lap record pace when he crashed at the Village corner late on, bringing out yellow flags that disrupted several other laps.

Zarco wound up fourth, with Ducati’s Jack Miller right ahead of him and both within a tenth of Espargaro.

The other Aprilia of Maverick Vinales completed the top five, albeit thee tenths off the pace, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) was close behind in sixth.

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, seventh, took issue with Espargaro when the presence of the Aprilia on the outside caught him out coming through Village and compromised his lap – but after a heated initial exchange the pair very quickly buried the hatchet during the practice laps.

The two Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins both booked Q2 spots, as did VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini, who followed Rins on his fastest lap.

Among those who will have to contest Q1 later today are all four Honda riders and all four KTM riders. The top KTM was Miguel Oliveira in 14th, while Honda was led by departing LCR rider Alex Marquez a spot below.

Also missing out was Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini, who ran Ducati’s new rear winglets on Friday with Martin and, unlike Martin, stuck with them for FP3.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1m58.254s
2 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing Ducati +0.028s +0.028s 1m58.282s
3 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.05s +0.078s 1m58.332s
4 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati +0.012s +0.09s 1m58.344s
5 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.231s +0.321s 1m58.575s
6 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.044s +0.365s 1m58.619s
7 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.006s +0.371s 1m58.625s
8 Joan Mir Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.032s +0.403s 1m58.657s
9 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.006s +0.409s 1m58.663s
10 Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.066s +0.475s 1m58.729s
11 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.182s +0.657s 1m58.911s
12 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.016s +0.673s 1m58.927s
13 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.079s +0.752s 1m59.006s
14 Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.06s +0.812s 1m59.066s
15 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda +0.044s +0.856s 1m59.11s
16 Pol Espargaró Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.115s +0.971s 1m59.225s
17 Andrea Dovizioso WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha +0.015s +0.986s 1m59.24s
18 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.245s +1.231s 1m59.485s
19 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.046s +1.277s 1m59.531s
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.092s +1.369s 1m59.623s
21 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.026s +1.395s 1m59.649s
22 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.166s +1.561s 1m59.815s
23 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.25s +1.811s 2m0.065s
24 Darryn Binder WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha +0.574s +2.385s 2m0.639s
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