MotoGP Mugello: Petrucci tops FP3 for Ducati with new lap record

Ducati works rider Danilo Petrucci topped Saturday morning practice at the Italian Grand Prix with a new fastest-ever MotoGP lap of Mugello.

The local hero recorded a 1m46.056s, surpassing the previous record held by Valentino Rossi, while both Rossi and Petrucci’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso ended up missing the cut for automatic progression to Q2.

Despite starting the session on a hard rear tyre, championship leader Marc Marquez needed just five laps to post the new fastest time of the weekend, surpassing Francesco Bagnaia’s Friday-topping effort with a 1m46.696s.

Fellow Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami then equipped a pair of softs to eclipse Marquez by a tenth at the halfway point of the 45-minute session, before following that up with an improved 1m46.456s lap.

His place at the top was initially threatened by Petronas Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo, the French rookie lapping half a tenth slower on two successive laps but ultimately coming up short.

However, Petrucci then smashed Nakagami’s benchmark by four tenths of a second, securing first place in FP3.

Marquez fitted a soft rear late on and ended up third, behind Petrucci but also KTM rider Pol Espargaro, who followed Honda’s reigning champion on his fastest lap and wound up 0.017s faster, yet two tenths down on Petrucci.

Nakagami settled for fourth, as Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller slotted in between him and Quartararo.

Factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales was facing Q1 heading into the final minutes, but picked up the pace to finish seventh, securing an automatic spot in Q2.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) and Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) occupied the remaining automatic Q2 spots, despite Crutchlow crashing at the Materassi left-hander late on.

Dovizioso struggled to put a lap together and wound up three hundredths of a second behind the crucial 10th place, while Rossi ran through the gravel at the final corner, Bucine, while on his fastest lap in the dying seconds of the session.

Among those joining them in Q1 will be Honda factory rider Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati wildcard Michele Pirro.

The two Suzukis of Alex Rins and Joan Mir will also contest Q1, the former failing to improve on his best effort on Friday after his session was compromised by an early crash at the Palagio left-hander on the out-lap during his opening run.

FP3 results

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m46.056s
2 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m46.263s 0.207s
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m46.280s 0.224s
4 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m46.456s 0.400s
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m46.478s 0.422s
6 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m46.488s 0.432s
7 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m46.509s 0.453s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m46.516s 0.460s
9 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1m46.518s 0.462s
10 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1m46.713s 0.657s
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m46.742s 0.686s
12 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1m46.893s 0.837s
13 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m46.900s 0.844s
14 Michele Pirro Ducati 1m46.955s 0.899s
15 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m47.064s 1.008s
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m47.160s 1.104s
17 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1m47.179s 1.123s
18 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m47.180s 1.124s
19 Johann Zarco KTM 1m47.507s 1.451s
20 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m47.642s 1.586s
21 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m47.768s 1.712s
22 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m48.250s 2.194s
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 1m49.101s 3.045s

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