Jorge Lorenzo responded to Marc Marquez's early domination on Saturday by heading the fourth MotoGP free practice session. In doing so he went about setting the fastest lap of the weekend, which was faster than Dani Pedrosa's race lap record from last year and a tenth quicker than last year's pole position lap time. Marquez finished the session in second place despite a crash on the approach to the Dunlop chicane while Dani Pedrosa finished third ahead of Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso.
The session was red-flagged for seven minutes in the early stages after Cal Crutchlow, who finished the session in seventh place, had a big high-side whilst pushing on cold tyres. He landed hard on his right side and looked very sore, lying prone on the side of the circuit. He eventually got to his feet and walked away gingerly, perhaps having been seriously winded. There were comical scenes following as Crutchlow rode a push-bike to the medical centre from the pits, after his initial ride on the back of a scooter.
The top ten was completed by Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith and American Nicky Hayden aboard the second factory Ducati.
|12||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'35.465||1.957||0.056|
|13||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'35.836||2.328||0.371|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'35.971||2.463||0.033|
|16||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'36.394||2.886||0.423|
|17||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1'36.568||3.060||0.174|
|18||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'36.595||3.087||0.027|
|19||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'36.847||3.339||0.252|
|21||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'37.157||3.649||0.162|
|22||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'37.266||3.758||0.109|
|23||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'37.472||3.964||0.206|
|24||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'37.910||4.402||0.438|