Mugello FP3: Bagnaia in the lead, Marc Márquez only 21st / MotoGP

Despite his quick passing, Ducati racer Pecco Bagnaia set the best time in qualifying at home in Mugello. Six bikes from Borgo Panigale and Aprilia one in the top seven.

At the start of FP3 it was quite eventful: rookie players Marco Pesicchi and Fabio Di Giannantonio missed the brake point in front of San Donato and drove straight into the gravel bed, where the Mooney VR46 driver flipped. More rounds are seen in the first corner as the session progresses.

Jack Miller had to retire from his Ducati factory early in Turn 8 due to a technical problem. Ten minutes later, teammate Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia fell off at Turn 12. His GP22 flew into the plane and was badly damaged, but the 2021 runner-up bounced back. Pramac’s young star Jorge Martin plunged into a gravel trap at Turn 10 after less than 20 minutes.

With 25 minutes left on the clock, Miller was the first to go chasing times on new soft tyres, while Bagnaia was back in the pits with a new leather suit (no shoulder cam). Miller scored a top two in the sector but lost a lot in the third and still hasn’t improved compared to FP2.

As a reminder: Aleix Espargaró’s best time on Friday was 1:45,891. Even Luca Marini, who finished fifth after FP2, guessed: “I think we all have to drive less than 1:45.7 minutes to go into Q2.”

With 18 minutes into his start, Aprilia factory rider Maverick Viñales made his first big leap forward, finding nine tenths of a second and finishing third in the combined timetables. Five minutes later, Enea Bastianini moved up to fourth place provisionally on Gresini-Ducati in a Frieden design.

Bagnaia then set the new target time 11 minutes before the end with 1:45.393 minutes. This put him about half a second ahead of the rest of the field.

Fabio Quartararo’s lap record was getting close, the Yamaha star finished first in 1:45.187 minutes last year. But this year, the defending champion and 2021 Mugello winner appears to be struggling even more. After a violent wobble in front, he looked visibly frustrated.

Di Ginantonio surprised the rookie in Grisini with a strong final segment and finished fifth with seven minutes left, note: at that point seven of the Ducati riders were in the top ten.

But it didn’t stop there: LCR Honda driver Takaaki Nakagami was in third for a while, until Marini was 0.369 seconds behind Bagnaia in second. Teammate VR46 Bezzecchi and Pramac duo Zarco and Martin were also on the rise.

Only Aprilia spearhead Alex Espargaro blew Ducati’s supremacy in second place. Two Hondas, Pol Espargaró and Nakagami, made it to Q2 while Marc Marquez was only 21st.

Quartararo got his last Q2 ticket two minutes from the end, before there was a yellow flag at the end: Bastianini attacked the best time, but flew into the 15th and final corner.

Darren Bender crashed shortly afterwards in the same corner. Therefore, the FIM MotoGP hosts are investigating the incident, as it is not clear if the warning stage has actually been lifted at that point.

Only factory Red Bull KTM driver Brad Bender improved from Friday, and was later overtaken from seventh to 18th. Miller lost more places, after his third in FP2, he found himself 15th after FP3, also in Q1 (start: 2.10pm).

MotoGP, Mugello combined post-FP3 times (May 28):

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 45.393
2. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.276
3-Marini – Ducati +0.369.369.2
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.347
5. Pizzi, Ducati, +0.460
6. Bastianini, Ducati +0.467.0000
7. Martin, Ducati, +0.486
8. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.487
9. Nakagami – Honda +0.606
10. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.639
11. Vinales, Aprilia +0.667
12. RINZ, SUZUKI +0.671
13. Di Giantantonio, Ducati +0.723
14. Oliveira, KTM +0.761
15- Miller, Ducati +0.776.000
16. MIR, Suzuki +0.944
17. Alex Marquez, Honda +0.970
18. Brad Bender, KTM, +1.046.00
19. Morbidley, Yamaha, +1,090
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1.164
21. Marc Marquez, Honda +1.184
22. Raul Fernandez, KTM +1.346
23. Gardner, KTM, +1.546
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha +1.570
25. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,630
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,653

MotoGP and FP3 result:

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 45.393
2. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.276
3-Marini – Ducati +0.369.369.2
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.347
5. Pizzi, Ducati, +0.460
6. Bastianini, Ducati +0.467.0000
7. Martin, Ducati, +0.486
8. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.487
9. Nakagami – Honda +0.606
10. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.639
11. Vinales, Aprilia +0.667
12. RINZ, SUZUKI +0.671
13. Di Giantantonio, Ducati +0.723
14. Oliveira, KTM +0.761
15- Miller, Ducati +0.776.000
16. MIR, Suzuki +0.944
17. Alex Marquez, Honda +0.970
18. Morbidley, Yamaha +1,090
19. Brad Bender, KTM, +1.107
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1.164
21. Marc Marquez, Honda +1.184
22. Raul Fernandez, KTM +1.346
23. Gardner, KTM, +1.546
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha +1.570
25. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,630
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,653

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