Rain on Friday caused another ten minutes to be added to the third practice session this morning, giving a chance to the remaining ten riders who did not put in a compulsory run on the stiffer hard rear tyre to do so.
Marc Marquez did most of his work on a medium tyre combination but still managed to improve on his Friday times in the dry, before putting in the soft rear towards the end of the session and becoming the first of only two riders into the 1:20s.
The second was Maverick Viñales, who took the scenic route several times but eventually got things right, showing good speed on both the hard and soft rears. The Spaniard got as close as one tenth of a second of his compatriot at the top.
Jonas Folger went for an early time attack after missing out on that on Friday, setting the fastest time twenty minutes into the session. His early lead was cut short but the Tech 3 rider kept third position with a good final run.
Aleix Espargaro’s podium dreams are starting to look realistic after another great session that saw the Aprilia rider finish in fourth position. Cal Crutchlow also put in a late lap to sneak back into the top ten and ensure his Q2 presence after struggling to do so on Friday.
Less than five minutes into the session, Valentino Rossi had a deja-vu moment as his number one bike shut down once again, similarly to the events on Friday. After a long walk to the pits, the spare bike was called out for duty, as the Italian still had to battle for a direct Q2 place. Yamaha gambled on another run on the first bike once they retrieved it and Rossi gave it a few goes to snatch a precious sixth position.
Jorge Lorenzo finished six tenths down on the leader in seventh position and, perhaps more encouragingly, one step ahead of his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso struggling to improve throughout the session and only doing so on his final run.
Dani Pedrosa was caught out at the first corner halfway through the session - a small crash but one that forced him to grab his second bike to save his Q2 place. And so he did, the Spaniard grabbing ninth position, ahead of Alvaro Bautista.
Danilo Petrucci looked confident to get a Q2 ticket but the Italian crashed out at turn 13 with seven minutes to go, while he was running eighth and pushed back by faster riders. Johann Zarco followed him seconds later into fast turn 11. Both riders rejoined the action but could not get back into the top ten and will have to battle it out in Q1.