Miserable circumstances which got worse towards the end of the session saw the MotoGP riders start in the rain and put in a full wet session. The weather was so poor that several riders chose to limit their laps: Bradley Smith protected his injured knee by only going out at the end to test out his injury, and Jorge Lorenzo only did limited laps in the wet, and did not appear to push, ending the session in 20th.
Cal Crutchlow was fastest, the LCR Honda taking to the rain like a duck to water. The Englishman was only fractionally faster than Valentino Rossi, who in turn edged Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller put on a strong display, leading the session early until deposed by Cal Crutchlow. Newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez ended the session in 5th, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.
* Valentino Rossi was later demoted to 20th, after his first run was canceled for exceeding the maximum of 10 laps on the extra soft front wet tire