World News – UA – European MotoGP: Zarco leads wet FP3 with Rossi’s return


The wet track meant no improvement in combined times, locking the Q1 riders in place based on Friday’s FP2 run

Quartararo moved up to Q2 after finishing ninth overall on Friday, but FP3 proved too difficult for the Petronas SRT rider as he continued to struggle with a lack of feel up front in the conditions wet

Having finished last in FP1 and 2 wet7 seconds behind, his fortunes did not improve as he again finished 19th in the session and 32s off Zarco

Zarco of Avintia took first place about six minutes after the start of the session with a 1m42985, and traded first place with Miguel Oliveira of Tech 3 and Stefan Bradl of Honda in the opening stages

With half the session over, Oliveira on the Tech 3 KTM sole this weekend came back to the top of the pack with a 1m41519s and improved it on her next tour with a 1m41352s

Zarco beat the Tech 3 driver 15 minutes from the end with a 1m41113, which served as a reference until the last stages where the Frenchman put his time under a huge threat

The Avintia rider guided his GP19 at 1m40735s, before a final effort of 1m40007 consolidated his position at the top of the timesheets when the checkered flag came out

Maverick Vinales jumped second in the final stages on his factory Yamaha with a 1m40743, but missed the Q2 Cup in 11th place in combined times

However, that doesn’t matter to the Yamaha rider as an engine change, which exceeds his season allowance, on Friday means he will have to start Sunday’s race from the pit lane.

Takaaki Nakagami was Honda’s best rider in third place on the LCR RC213V, with Francesco Bagnaia fourth on the Pramac Ducati ahead of Cal Crutchlow’s sister bike LCR

Only Nakagami of this trio went straight into Q2, Oliveira sixth, and Alex Marquez’s original Honda also missing the Q2 cup

Rossi was eighth in his first appearance from Le Mans after a forced layoff due to COVID-19, but will face Q1 this afternoon after missing Friday’s race while awaiting test results PCR

The Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Joan Mir finished the top 10 in FP2, with both qualifying in Q2 due to their FP2 times – although the latter was fortunate enough to be raised to 10th combined time after Crutchlow did his best tour canceled

The fastest in the overall combined times standings, Jack Miller of Pramac was absent from FP3 to avoid any unnecessary risk of feeling strong in Friday’s conditions

He’ll go straight into Q2, as will Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), KTM duo Pol Espargaro and SRT’s Brad Binder and Franco Morbidelli – all of whom finished outside the top 10 in the wet FP3.

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World News – UA – European MotoGP: Zarco wins wet FP3 with Rossi return


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