Open Sesame: Aleix Espargaro X3 In Qatar MotoGP Practice III
Notes, below
by nick rivers
Friday, March 21, 2014

1Aleix EspargaroNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha 1:54.773
2Andrea IannonePramac RacingDucati 1:55.186
3Alvaro BautistaGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RC213V 1:55.240
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:55.250
5Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V 1:55.446
6Cal CrutchlowDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:55.474
7Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M11:55.495
8Stefan BradlLCR HondaHonda RC213V 1:55.676
9Valentino RossiYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M1 1:55.702
10Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:55.754
11Pol EspargaroMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha M1 1:55.793
12Cal CrutchlowDucati TeamDucati GP14 1:56.013
13Nicky HaydenDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R 1:56.357
14Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha1:56.373
15Yonny HernandezEnergy Ti Pramac RacingDucati 1:56.633
16Hiroshi AoyamaDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R1:56.939
17Scott ReddingGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RCV1000R1:56.997
18Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingHonda RCV1000R 1:57.345
19Broc ParkesPBMPBM 1:57.665
20Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingAvintia 1:58.204

Drama-filled session with Lorenzo seemingly unable to play nice with the tires he has to use--near the end of the session he went out and cut a lap fast enough to get into the "fast" qualifying session, putting his teammate, Valentino Rossi, on the bubble. Both made it.

Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith destroyed a bike in a massive high side crash which he was lucky to survive. Cal Crutchlow also crashed in the session but was able to return on his second bike.

Italian Andrea Iannone cut an unbelievably fast lap in the session as he drafted the Honda of Dani Pedrosa. "Crazy Joe" on the soft "Open" tire and Pedrosa, not, of course.

It sprinkled rain for a few minutes in the session, spooking riders and crew. The clouds passed.

With qualifying still to come tomorrow, one has to be thinking the solid "race" money might be on Alvaro Bautista. He's been fast on the "factory" Bridgestone rubber and has endured little drama. Soft tire heroes are all around him in the sessions, but it's conventional wisdom that the soft tire will never work long enough to finish on the podium. However that rings like what they told VR 1000 rider Pascal Picotte one year at Sears Point. The Canadian used the "unusable" to almost win the race.


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