Portuguese of KTM was 11th in the third free practice, but the very strong wind prevented all the riders from improving their times
Miguel Oliveira started this afternoon by being fourth in the last free practice that could provide a direct entry into qualification 2 – the top 10 fastest – for the Doha Grand Prix, but bad weather did not improve Friday’s times and the Portuguese from KTM closed the session in 11th place and out of qualifying for the best places on the grid.
The strong wind, which affected grip and visibility, meant that four Ducati riders did not enter the track, one of them being Jack Miller, who qualified for Q2 as the fastest on Friday.
For KTM was the good indication given by Danilo Petrucci, who with the KTM from Tech3 was fourth in free practice 3, behind Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Alex Rins and Joan Mir (both in Suzuki). As for Oliveira, and after a good initial record on a Losail track full of sand, he went down until he was in the 11th position, the same as on Friday.
The qualification for the definition of the starting grid starts at 18.00 this Saturday.
Rankings after free practice 3
Qualified to Q2
1.º Jack Miller (Ducati), 1m53.145s
2.º Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), 1m53.458s
3.º Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), 1m53.537s
4th Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), 1´53.583s
5th Jorge Martín (Pramac Ducati), 1m53.593s
6.º Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), 1m53.646s
7.º Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha SRT), 1m53.699s
8.º Álex Rins (Suzuki), 1m53.713s
9.º Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), 1m53.872s
10.º Stefan Bradl (Honda), 1m53.914s
Qualified to Q1
11.º Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), 1m53.944s
12.º Danilo Petrucci (KTM Tech3), 1m53.969s
13.º Joan Mir (Suzuki), 1m54.012s
14.º Valentino Rossi (Yamaha SRT), 1m54.112s
15.º Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), 1m54.127s
16th Álex Márquez (LCR Honda), 1m54.148s
17th Pol Espargaró (Honda), 1m54.205s
18.º Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), 1m54.237s
19.º Enea Bastianini (Avintia Ducati), 1m54.516s
20.º Luca Marini (Avintia Ducati), 1m54.680s
21.º Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia), 1m54.971s
22.º Iker Lecuona (KTM Tech3), 1m55.369s
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