Scott Dixon leads practice 3 at St. Petersburg

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Lap times continued to drop during the third practice for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Eight drivers were below the 1:01 mark, demolishing Friday’s fastest lap of 1:02.559, turned in by Scott Dixon.

Dixon’s No. 9 GE LED Lighting Honda again paced the field in third practice, turning a fast lap of 1:01.624. Fellow Honda driver James Hinchcliffe was second with a lap of 1:01.666. He was also the first driver to actually break the 1:01 barrier. Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton, Sebastien Bourdais, and Marco Andretti made it a top six sweep for Honda, with Josef Newgarden’s No. 2 Verizon entry for Team Penske the fastest Chevrolet. In fact, Hondas held eight of the top ten spots, with Will Power’s No. 12 Verizon machine the only other Chevrolet in the top ten. He ended the session in tenth.

The session ran without any stoppages, the only incident being a minor off for Simon Pagenaud, who overshot the entry to turn 10 about 30 minutes into practice. However, he quickly spun it back around and re-entered the course without issue and ended the session 11th quickest.

Results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:55 p.m. ET local time.


MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.