Márquez fastest in third practice at Indy
17 August 2013 – MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez continued his Friday form to top the timesheets in Saturday’s third free practice session at Indianapolis, finishing ahead of Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow.
Márquez had been the early pace setter, before perfect circuit conditions saw Crutchlow and Bradl set weekend-best times within a minute of each other, the German just pipping his Tech 3 rival with a 1:39.396.
Bradl, who secured his maiden pole position in the top echelon in the last Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, had then looked set to remain fastest, improving his time twice as the clock ticked down. Crutchlow had a minor drama as he took to the gravel with 25 minutes to go, but the Briton was able to return to the track and continue.
The session’s major incident came in the form of a violent highside suffered by Ignite rider Ben Spies, who was violently thrown from his bike after applying the power too early on the exit of Turn 4. Spies was able to walk away, albeit somewhat gingerly, and was immediately taken to the circuit’s medical centre for further checks.
Márquez set his session-topping time with three minutes to spare, the Spaniard becoming the first man to break into the 1:38’s with a 1:38.844, and laying down a definitive gauntlet to the rest of the field ahead of qualifying.
The top six was rounded out by Alvaro Bautista, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, with Valentino Rossi back in seventh.
Free practice four begins at 13:30pm local time (GMT -5)