Marc Marquez posted the quickest lap time of the Le Mans weekend so far as third practice was staged on Saturday morning. The championship leader moved in front of Jorge Lorenzo and Friday pace-setter Dani Pedrosa as the first ten Q2 participants were revealed. Several riders crashed at Turn 3.
Álvaro Bautista will start from eighth on the grid at Losail, having been one of the 12 riders to reach Q2 under the new MotoGP™ qualifying regulations. However the GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider is still looking to improve his bike’s handling.
In a very exciting qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Japan, the Repsol Honda Team finished with Dani Pedrosa in second position and Casey Stoner in seventh.