Márquez fastest in third Misano practice
14 September 2013 – Marc Márquez continued his dominance of the San Marino Grand Prix weekend on Saturday morning, becoming the first man to dip under the 1m34s barrier in third practice. Dani Pedrosa wound up just over a tenth adrift of his team-mate, ensuring that Repsol Honda locked out the top two positions for the third session in a row.
Márquez rose to the top early on and continued to further cement his authority over the rest of the field as the session developed, the Spaniard clearly displaying no sign of any ill-effects from the dislocated shoulder he suffered at Silverstone two weeks ago.
Jorge Lorenzo had looked on course to break Honda's stranglehold at the head of the pack, having split his two title rivals on the timing screens for much of the session. However, Pedrosa’s personal best of 1:34.124 – set within the final ten minutes – was enough to usurp the Yamaha rider and confirm his team's advantage at Misano.
Valentino Rossi finished fourth quickest, exactly one tenth behind team-mate Lorenzo. Andrea Dovizioso produced an impressive lap to move his Ducati into the top five, with Álvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl following in sixth and seventh. Andrea Iannone was next up, with Nicky Hayden and Aleix Espargaró completing the top ten positions.
Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow failed to make the cut for Q2 in 11th position. The British rider will now have to take part in the first part of qualifying for the first time this season.
Fourth practice at Misano gets underway at 1.30pm local time (GMT +2)