A cloudy afternoon saw a slightly surprising name at the top of the timesheets, Dani Pedrosa clearly determined to keep his name on the top position. Despite the overcast conditions, the Misano victor led for much of the session, setting the best time of the weekend on his last lap.
Morning leader Marc Marquez started off the afternoon in the midfield on used tyres but a late run put him straight to the top, before getting pushed back by his teammate, the Honda duo being the first riders in the 1:48s. A handful of other riders followed their lead, including Cal Crutchlow, the LCR rider within a tenth of the factory Honda boys and posting that time on the asymmetric harder option front tyre.
After briefly splitting the Honda trio, Valentino Rossi had to settle for fourth position, over two tenths down on the leader. Pol Espargaro was a surprise early leader before crashing in turn two mid-session, dropping him down to fifth place. His brother Aleix followed in his footsteps soon after, jogging back to the pits before the dust even settled and finishing just outside the top ten.
Maverick Viñales looked like having a strong start to the session but eventually lost half a second to the leader to finish sixth, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The world champion had another tricky session, trying several front tyre options on his way to seventh position.
The top ten was completed by three Ducatis, Hector Barbera leading the little group, ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso. In other Ducati news, Michele Pirro was confirmed as Iannone’s replacement once again, the Italian deciding after FP1 that the injury is too painful to continue the weekend.