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Aug 9, 2014

Bradl Quickest In MotoGP FP3 At Red Bull Indianapolis GP

Stefan Bradl (6).

Stefan Bradl was the fastest rider in MotoGP Free Practice Three Saturday morning at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Riding his LCR Honda RC213V, the 24-year-old German lapped the newly-repaved and newly-reconfigured 2.591-mile infield road course in 1:32.882.

That’s five seconds faster than Marc Marquez’s 2013 Circuit Best lap record of 1:37.958.

Bradl did his fastest time on his final lap, displacing nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi (1:32.538) from the top spot. Rossi finished in second position, just ahead of his Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo (1:32.606).

Fourth-fastest in FP3 was Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso with a time of 1:32.767.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro ended up fifth with a lap of 1:32.797 in spite of a huge moment during the practice. With about 20 minutes to go in the 45-minute session, Espargaro was riding on the inside curb in the left-hand Turn 16 when his left knee appeared to get caught on something in the grass. That catch nearly ripped Espargaro off his YZR-M1 and caused him to crash, but the 23-year-old Spaniard miraculously landed back on his Yamaha and was able to continue riding in the session.

Defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (1:32.862) came out of the session in an uncharacteristic sixth place.

Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone (1:33.015) was near the top of the order throughout much of the session, but the Italian dropped to seventh in the late going.

Pol Espargaro’s teammate Bradley Smith (1:33.202) was eighth-quickest.

Dani Pedrosa’s (1:33.220) rough weekend continued with him finishing the practice in ninth.

Aleix Espargaro (1:33.453) was 10th in the session on his Open-class NGM Mobile Forward Racing Yamaha and 10th in the combined practice times, earning him the final ticket straight to Qualifying Practice Two.

With six minutes left in the practice Alvaro Bautista was unable to save a big rear tire slide in Turn 13 and suffered a huge highside crash. In spite of getting lunched high in the air and landing on his head and shoulders on the asphalt, the GO&FUN Honda rider was able to get up and walk away from the incident.

Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix

FIM MotoGP World Championship

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, Indiana

August 9, 2014

Free Practice Three Results (all on Bridgestone tires):

1. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 1:32.522 (New Circuit Best Lap Record)

2. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 1:32.538

3. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:32.606

4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 1:32.767

5. Pol ESPARGARO, Spain (YAMAHA), 1:32.797

6. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 1:32.862

7. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), 1:33.015

8. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 1:33.202

9. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), 1:33.220

10. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:33.453

11. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (DUCATI), 1:33.634

12. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 1:33.676, crash

13. Scott REDDING, UK (HONDA), 1:33.765

14. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (DUCATI), 1:34.118

15. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (HONDA), 1:34.267

16. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (HONDA), 1:34.745

17. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (ART-APRILIA), 1:34.772

18. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:34.801

19. Mike DI MEGLIO, France (FTR-KAWASAKI), 1:34.938

20. Leon CAMIER, UK (HONDA), 1:35.010

21. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FORWARD YAMAHA), 1:35.122

22. Broc PARKES, Australia (PBM-APRILIA), 1:35.521

23. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-APRILIA), 1:35.915