Jorge Lorenzo has topped the third session of free practice for the MotoGP class, holding off the stampede of fast riders all rushing to secure their place in Q2. The Movistar Yamaha man was fastest for nearly all the session, putting in a soft tire and grinding out an impressive string of laps at race pace. That was the plan for most of the grid, until the final ten minutes when the scramble for qualifying began.
Lorenzo ended the session as fastest, just ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Pol Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow ended in top spot, having also posted an impressive string of laps early in the session. Crutchlow had a shot at the fastest time, passing through the third timed sector half a tenth up, before looking up and backing off.
Aleix Espargaro put the Suzuki into 4th, and was fast on race pace as well as on a hot lap. He ended the day ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati and Valentino Rossi on the second Yamaha, Rossi also having focused on race pace in the morning, switching his attention from the hard to the medium rear tire. Marc Marquez ended the session in 7th, the Repsol Honda man taking a slightly more cautious approach, though he too showed good race pace, stringing together mid 1'39s in the middle of the session. Andrea Iannone ended FP3 in 8th, the Italian finishing ahead of two British riders, both Bradley Smith and Scott Redding securing their spots in Q2.
|17||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'39.840||1.347||0.016|
|18||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'39.882||1.389||0.042|
|21||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'40.354||1.861||0.205|
|24||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'41.049||2.556||0.550|