The third practice session for the MotoGP class at Assen saw light rain emerge just as riders began to exit pit lane, the precipitation then grew progressively heavier in the early stages. Most of the field took the opportunity to scrub in a set of wet tyres, looking ahead to the possibility of needing them later in the weekend.
With around fifteen minutes remaining the rain had stopped and the track had dried sufficiently to allow some of the riders trying to creep into the top 10 and QP2 a crack at putting in a last ditch lap. Alvaro Bautista tried valiantly to nudge Dovizioso out of tenth place (using the times set in yesterday's FP2 session) but fell short as the track didn't allow quite enough feel. He finished two tenths behind Valentino Rossi who topped the tricky session.
The likes of Bautista, Redding and Crutchlow will have to battle through QP1 if they aim to partake in the top twelve shoot out later in the afternoon. The outlook for the afternoons forecast appears to be quite positive and riders will be hoping to be able to make the most of a fully dry fourth practice session to hone their race setups, before unleashing in the qualifying sessions to follow.
|11||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||1'38.130||3.480||0.376|
|5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||1'49.292||14.642||8.395|
|41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||1'52.577||17.927||3.285|