Petronas SRT Yamaha MotoGP rider Fabio Quartararo topped the morning MotoGP FP3 session at Silverstone after further lowering his own lap record around Silverstone, while Andrea Dovizioso will be left to go through Q1.
After having his lap from FP2 re-instated last night, the Frenchman already had the fastest two-wheeled lap around the British circuit, however, perfect track conditions meant that times were inevitably going to tumble.
Cal Crutchlow made the first move, going fastest but it wasn’t for long before Quartararo came back and re-claimed the top spot, going 0.324 second under his own record pace from Friday. Continuing on the run, Quartararo went even faster, knocking another 0.174 seconds off his previous lap sitting in the high 1:58’s.
With the Yamaha worked well, Valentino Rossi joined his Yamaha stable mate, putting his factory M1 fastest with just thirty seconds to go. The Frenchman had one more flying lap up his sleeve, posting a stunning 1:58.547, 0.678 seconds faster than his overnight lap record.
Rossi remained in second, just under a tenth and a half behind the Frenchman, whilst a late lap from Marc Marquez kept him away from a potentially awkward Q1.
Jack Miller was fourth, posting his fastest time on his second bike, which he was forced to use when his first bike stopped at the end of the Hangar Straight, with Danilo Petrucci just 0.031 seconds further back.
Crutchlow was sixth on his LCR Honda, ahead of the Yamaha duo of Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli, leaving four Yamaha’s inside the top eight. Taka Nakagami and Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top ten and those with a direct path through to Q2.
Alex Rins was eleventh and a victim of Nakagami’s late flying lap, missing out by 0.011 seconds, and the Suzuki man will be fighting for one of the two spots up into Q2 with Miguel Oliveira, Pol Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso who were twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth respectively.