Andrea Iannone has topped the timesheets in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, once again posting an impressive lap to become the first rider to get into the 1'46s. The last ten minutes of practice turned hectic, as the riders embarked on the shootout to get straight into Q2. The lead swapped hands several times, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo battling for supremacy, with the Repsol Honda rider getting the upper hand at first, before Andrea Iannone took control.
Marquez ended the session in second, ahead of Maverick Viñales, who put in a fast final lap to finish third. Yonny Hernandez took fourth on the Aspar Ducati, the Colombian rider using Andrea Dovizioso for a tow. After battling early with Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo ended FP3 in fifth, just ahead of a remarkably resilient Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati. Bradley Smith posted a fast lap at the very end to jump up to 7th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi. Dani Pedrosa and Michele Pirro took the final slots in Q2, Cal Crutchlow being demoted to 11th, and forced to fight his way through from Q1 this afternoon.
Though Iannone had the headline time, it was Jorge Lorenzo who was the most consistently fast on race pace. Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales are all close.
The session was marred by a couple of big crashes, both Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro going down hard at the fast Biondetti chicane, losing the front on entry. Pol Espargaro was lucky enough to walk away unhurt, but Tito Rabat was far less fortunate. The Marc VDS rider fell and fractured his left collarbone, and is out for the rest of the weekend.