October 17, 2019
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Quartararo sets the pace in 3rd practice session ahead of San Marino MotoGP

Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- France's Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) on Saturday topped his Spanish teammate Maverick Viñales in the third and final free practice session ahead of the San Marino MotoGP.

Quartararo posted a time of one minute and 32.081 seconds, just 0.356s ahead of Viñales, who had set the pace in the first day of free practice.

During Saturday’s session all the official riders except for Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro of Spain and Andrea Iannone of Italy got to improve their times.

Iannone struggled with technical issues after hitting the ground with his bike breaking down in the final stretch, forcing him to drag it off to the garage.

He was not the only rider to suffer a technical problem as Jorge Lorenzo ended up hitting to garage too.

But he managed to complete the session with another one while the Repsol Honda engineers worked on the broken one, apparently to no avail.

The Spaniard came 19th.

The session kicked off with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) setting the pace, followed by Pol Espargaro (KTM RC 16).

Yamaha riders Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi nipped at their heels.

It did not take Viñales too long to take the lead with a time of one minute, 32.427second, only for Quartararo to hit back.

The Frenchman first posted a time of one minute and 32.346 seconds, and shortly after shrank his best lap time to 1:32.081, consolidating his position atop the time sheet ahead of Viñales, Espargaro and Marquez.

The qualifying session is scheduled to take place at Misano’s World Circuit Marco Simoncelli later in the day.

The race will take place on Sunday. EFE-EPA

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