Marc Márquez, penultimate on his return to the asphalt

Marc Márquez, penultimate on his return to the asphalt

The Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) was faster than the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) in the third free practice session for the MotoGP Grand Prix of Andalusia at the Ángel Nieto circuit in Jerez , in which both set a new fastest lap record.

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who focused a lot of the attention of the session, finished in twentieth position , forced to go through the first classification to get a place in the formation of the Andalusian race.

The great unknown of the third session in MotoGP was to see what performance the world champion would be able to achieve, the Spanish Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who after taking the whole day of Friday off to regain strength after the operation to which he underwent last Tuesday for the fracture of the middle third of the humerus in his right arm that he suffered last weekend.

Like Márquez, the British Cal Cruthlow (Honda RC 213 V) also took to the track, operated on the same Tuesday as the Spanish for a scaphoid fracture in his left hand, while the discomfort in his right shoulder prevented Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX -RR) took to the track in this session.

Márquez left no room for rumors because practically as soon as the track opened he went out to it to check his true physical condition on the bike and although on the first lap he took it easy and rolled in 1:42, on the next He was already at 1:39, relatively close to the leading positions, and gradually but giving the feeling of a certain calm, he lowered his personal records lap after lap to reach 1: 38.4 and take a first run of five laps .

In his second outing, which he did with some speed, Marc Márquez did not change anything on his bike, equipped with the same tire compounds and obviously with the clear objective of working and seeing how his battered right arm would perform.

If Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) started the session as the leader, before reaching the halfway point of the session, Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) had already snatched the first position from him, who managed to roll in 1: 36.847 , while Marc Márquez was eighteenth just less than 1.4 seconds behind his record.

Already on the tenth lap Marc Márquez dropped to 1:37 to place sixteenth, while Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) decided to change the rear tire to put the soft one and achieve a 1: 36.643 that was a new absolute record of the Andalusian circuit.

There was still more than a quarter of an hour of practice left but all the riders decided to take action to try to get a direct pass to the second classification, which caused the occasional scare, such as the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), that Daniel Pedrosa fell on the corner, although he was immediately able to return to the track without major consequences, which did not happen with Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16), who had to run back to his workshop to try to take advantage of the remaining training time .

Aleix Espargaró continued training but in his new attempt to make a fast lap he fell back to the ground at turn two.

Márquez, meanwhile, was not satisfied with the eighteenth place he occupied at the time and mounted a new rear tire to try to improve on his third outing on the track, in which he could barely complete three laps, but his effort was wasted and in the end he fell to the twentieth square.

In the end, Maverick Viñales broke the circuit record that Quartararo had set shortly before by riding in 1: 36.584, to become the benchmark in the category.

In addition to him, Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), Brad Binder (KTM RC entered the second direct classification 16), Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1), Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16) and Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR).

They will have to go through the first classification Aleix Espargaró, the brothers Márquez, Alex and Marc, the Italian Andrea Dovizioso, Tito Rabat, Iker Lecuona and Alex Rins, who could be seen with a magneto therapy device on his right shoulder to improve in the extent of its possibilities the recovery of the same.

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