The mist that covered the circuit during the Moto3 session was replaced by dark clouds for the MotoGP boys, throwing around some drops of rain as the first laps were being set. Not intimidated in the slightest, the riders kept posting red sectors, changing the hierarchy at every cross of the line. The Ducatis started strong but the factory Yamaha boys put up a fight, first Valentino Rossi then Jorge Lorenzo taking over the top spot and building a gap of half a second over the red riders.
After a brief mid-session lull, the riders went back on track to gain more data on the new tyres brought by Michelin. With track conditions improving rapidly, times dropped further, Rossi back on top as Andrea Iannone suffered a mechanical failure with seventeen minutes to go. Last Sunday’s winner got back out on his second bike to be even faster and deposing the Yamaha at the front. With three red sector times on his last lap, Iannone led the session by two tenths of a second over Rossi.