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Apr 20, 2013

Pedrosa Takes Top Spot In MotoGP Free Practice Three At Circuit Of The Americas

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Dani Pedrosa (26) in action on his Repsol Honda at Circuit of The Americas.
FIM MotoGP World Championship
Circuit of The America
Austin, Texas
April 20, 2013
Free Practice Three Results (all on Bridgestone tires):

1. Dani PEDROSA, Spain (HONDA), 2:04.408
2. Marc MARQUEZ, Spain (HONDA), 2:04.795, crash
3. Jorge LORENZO, Spain (YAMAHA), 2:05.295
4. Cal CRUTCHLOW, UK (YAMAHA), 2:05.630
5. Stefan BRADL, Germany (HONDA), 2:05.908
6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Italy (DUCATI), 2:05.963
7. Valentino ROSSI, Italy (YAMAHA), 2:06.173
8. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Spain (HONDA), 2:06.300
9. Nicky HAYDEN, USA (DUCATI), 2:06.622
10. Ben SPIES, USA (DUCATI), 2:06.862
11. Aleix ESPARGARO, Spain (ART-Aprilia), 2:07.149
12. Bradley SMITH, UK (YAMAHA), 2:07.714
13. Andrea IANNONE, Italy (DUCATI), 2:07.749
14. Randy DE PUNIET, France (ART-Aprilia), 2:08.405
15. Yonny HERNANDEZ, Colombia (ART-Aprilia), 2:08.514
16. Karel ABRAHAM, Czech Republic (ART-Aprilia), 2:09.249
17. Danilo PETRUCCI, Italy (Suter-BMW), 2:09.409
18. Hector BARBERA, Spain (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:09.504
19. Claudio CORTI, Italy (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:09.660
20. Hiroshi AOYAMA, Japan (FTR), 2:09.675
21. Colin EDWARDS, USA (FTR-Kawasaki), 2:09.698
22. Michael LAVERTY, UK (PBM-Aprilia), 2:10.109
23. Bryan STARING, Australia (FTR-Honda), 2:11.017
24. Blake YOUNG, USA (APR-Kawasaki), 2:11.528

Not qualified (Out 107%) 2:13.116

25. Lukas PESEK, Czech Republic (Suter-BMW), 2:13.510
26. Mike BARNES, USA (GPtech/BCL-Suzuki), 2:16.283

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha Factory MotoGP Team:

Quotes from Yamaha Factory Racing Riders After Free Practice Nr. 3 at COTA (Austin, Texas - USA)

Austin (Texas, USA), 20th April 2013

Jorge Lorenzo
Position: 3rd; Best lap time: 2'05.295
"I’m very happy with the improvement of the bike we achieved this morning. This third free practice session was much better than yesterday but on the other side we have a little disadvantage to Dani. This morning we tried to improve the rear tyre grip: now I am feeling better on the bike but we are still missing something. Anyway, we are improving little by little and this is the positive thing. We still have to work before qualifying in order to reduce the gap as much as possible. Let's see if we can make one more step to get a good position on the starting grid tomorrow. First row is the target".

Valentino Rossi
Position: 7th; Best lap time: 2'06.173

“Our position after FP3 is not fantastic, although we were just focused on finding the right balance and setting for this afternoon's qualifying session. We tried some different weight distributions and some different settings: some of them worked, some others didn't, but it was an important work for this afternoon. Now we will try to put everything together and give our best at 2pm".