The revised layout for the Barcelona circuit has had a big impact on the relative strengths of the various bikes, taking away the fast flowing turns from Yamaha and handing tight hard-braking sections which favor the Honda. But it was the Suzuki if Maverick Viñales which profited most, Viñales topping the timesheets for much of the session, then going on to set the fastest time at the end.
Viñales had faced strong challenges from the Hondas, both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa posting impressive times. Marquez ended up in second, despite a crash with fifteen minutes to go, a tenth of a second behind Viñales, and another tenth ahead of his teammate Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi posted a couple of quick last-gasp laps to secure passage into Q2 and bag fourth spot.
Rossi heads up a flotilla of Yamahas, Pol Espargaro sitting in fifth, while Jorge Lorenzo is sixth. The Pramac Ducatis follow behind, Scott Redding just a fraction slower than Lorenzo and a similar fraction faster than Danilo Petrucci, while Cal Crutchlow took ninth spot. Andrea Iannone was the fastest of the factory Ducatis, and the last rider through to Q2.
Because of the change of the track layout, the times from FP1 and FP2 were canceled. Only the times from this session count for entrance to qualifying and Q2