The distinct lack of clouds must have been a joyful sight for the paddock, especially the part than needed to sample the track for fourty minutes. With the much nicer conditions, the riders were fast to significantly improve their Friday times.
Already owning the fastest lap around the Ring, championship leader Joan Mir set his sights on improving that record and started by setting himself up at the top of the timesheets. The Leopard rider got close to his pole record on several occasions but his exuberance over white lines saw some of those times cancelled. While the second-place roulette kept moving throughout the session, the Spaniard’s time was rarely challenged.
Philipp Oettl was the only other rider able to briefly get the best of Mir, but the German was relegated back to second position, only five hundredths of a second behind the leader. Brno poleman Gabriel Rodrigo will have some hopes at another Tissot after his third spot was within six hundredths of a second of the fastest man of the morning.
Bo Bendsneyder was also consistently into the top four, narrowly ahead of Adam Norrodin. Former teammates Romano Fenati and Nicolo Bulega shared positions six and seven, with the top nine completed by an impressive Kaito Toba and Andrea Migno.
Jorge Martin rejoined the action after sitting out the damp FP2 session and proved he has good enough pace in tenth position, only four hundredths of a second in front of Aron Canet, who could not replicate his Friday heroics.
Marcos Ramirez, Juanfran Guevara, Fabio di Giannantonio and John McPhee were amongst the names that appeared to struggle but still placed within a second of the leader.
|21||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'37.696||0.846||0.060|
|28||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'38.178||1.328||0.080|