Márquez sets pace in FP3, Dovizioso 16th
11 November 2017 – Marc Márquez opened a comfortable buffer over his rivals during the third practice session for the title-deciding Valencian Grand Prix.
Amid a late flurry of times, Márquez moved to the front with a 1:30.255 and followed it up with another rapid effort, ensuring he recorded two laps fast enough for top spot.
Márquez's pair of laps were the fastest of the weekend so far, ensuring he finished with an advantage of 0.246s over Tech 3's Johann Zarco and Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, who recorded identical times.
Friday pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth quickest, ahead of Suzuki's Álex Rins and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.
Jack Miller recovered from an early fall at Turn 2 to place seventh, in front of Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.
Aleix Espargaró rounded out the top 10 in FP3, via a late high-speed fall, but did not make it through to Q2, with Andrea Dovizioso's Friday time sufficient for the title challenger to secure safe passage.
Dovizioso, having suffered a wobble through Turn 7, finished only 16th, 1.2s behind Márquez, but eighth on the combined practice times, sealing his Q2 spot.
KTM's Pol Espargaró was 11th, just 0.019s behind Aprilia brother Aleix, with LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow also missing out on an automatic Q2 spot.
Maverick Viñales' struggles continued as he placed only 13th, a second off the pace, and wound up 14th overall on the combined times, having expressed his frustration to his Yamaha team upon returning to the pits.
Qualifying for the Valencian Grand Prix will begin at 14:10 local time