Italian MotoGP | Bagnaia breaks Mugello record; no joy for Marquez, Rossi

Ducati rider Pecco Bagnaia smashes the Mugello lap record to bolster his status as the rider to beat in this weekend's Italian MotoGP

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Pecco Bagnaia continued to stamp his mark on proceedings in the all-important third free practice session for the Italian MotoGP, round six of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

The Italian is yet to win a race in MotoGP but is currently second in the overall standings after a strong start to his first factory Ducati season, with all signs pointing to his home round being ‘his’ weekend on a bike that traditionally goes well at Mugello.

Breaking the lap record in the process, Bagnaia headed off series leader Fabio Quartararo by two tenths of a second, with Brad Binder starring towards the end of the session - helped in part by a handy tow from Luca Marini - on the KTM for his best Saturday morning performance in MotoGP yet.

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Jack Miller and Johann Zarco made the most of their top speed superior Ducati GP21s to secure a spot in Q2 in fourth and fifth as expected, with Alex Rins and Joan Mir giving Suzuki some joy with a somewhat rare positive FP3 showing in sixth and eighth respectively.

Splitting them in seventh was Miguel Oliveira, seemingly confirming a big step forward for KTM this weekend in what has been a difficult start to the year for the Austrian outfit.

Pol Espargaro is the only Honda rider inside the top ten in what will be a confidence boosting result, while Franco Morbidelli sneaked into Q2 as well despite what he described as a ‘shocking’ 20km/h top speed deficit.

There remains two Q2 places up for grabs in Q1, which means there will be some top riders destined to miss out. These include Maverick Vinales, who crashed late on at Turn 12 to leave him 11th, Marc Marquez, who could only muster 12th best and Valentino Rossi, whose dismal weekend shows little signs of improvement in 18th.

2021 Italian MotoGP - Free Practice Results [FP1-FP2-FP3 Combined]

2021 Italian MotoGP FP1-FP2-FP3 Results [Combined] | Mugello | Round 6 / 19
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 45.456
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 45.613
3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.652
4Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 45.701
5Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP211m 45.725
6Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 45.754
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.791
8Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 45.925
9Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 45.828
10Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 45.865
11Maverick VinalesESPMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 45.895
12Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.013
13Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 46.015
14Michele PirroESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 46.103
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1m 46.311
16Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 46.332
17Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 46.355
18Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M11m 46.358
19Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP1m 46.447
20Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP191m 46.627
21Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 46.853
22Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 47.247

Bold indicates straight through to Q2. Rest will attempt to secure final two Q2 spots via Q1.