After the breezy morning, the riders welcomed those twenty-one degrees in temperature but took their time to challenge the FP1 benchmark. The Yamaha-Ducati battle seemed to resume at the top, with Valentino Rossi leading the first half of the session and Andrea Iannone taking over in the second half. With seven minutes to go, their teammates decided to join the proceedings but it was Marc Marquez who crashed their party to go top by a tenth of a second in front of Iannone.
It had been an eventful afternoon for the championship leader, the Spaniard spicing up his session with yet another incredible save halfway through FP2. After countless replays had been shown, the Honda rider went back on track to lead the action with a fast couple of laps towards the end.
The reigning world champion also led briefly, before Lorenzo had to settle for third, barely a tenth off his countryman. Benefitting from the habitual tow, Hector Barbera finished another good session in fourth, followed closely by early leader Rossi.
Despite setting good times in the final minutes and being under four tenths off the leader, Andrea Dovizioso fell back to sixth position, ahead of a probably delighted Aleix Espargaro. The Suzuki rider finished two places ahead of his teammate, despite Maverick Viñales spending a lot of the session in the top five. Bradley Smith was the one who split the Spanish duo, the Brit showing good speed, only six tenths off Marquez. Dani Pedrosa completed the top ten, the sister Honda of Cal Crutchlow right behind him.