In the cold Valencian morning, the occasional crash punctuated a mixed up timing sheet which featured a largely surprising Italian at the top. Andrea Iannone showcased Suzuki’s moustache fairing in all its glory at the top of the standings for the final few minutes of the session after fitting a brand new softer option tyre.
Jack Miller took the highly regarded Marquez tour guide around the Spanish track and put it to good use with a top three place. To his credit, the Australian went solo and suck into the lead with 10 minutes to go, only to follow it up with a late crash into turn six. He was eventually dethroned by Iannone and could not improve on second position on his handful of laps on the second bike.
After some friendly fire with Marquez in the final ten minutes, Pol Espargaro snuck into third position on the timesheets. Andrea Dovizioso took it characteristically steady to work his way through the top ten up to fourth, the Italian also fitting a brand new soft to aid him in his quest in the final five minutes.
Taking it easy as usual, Marc Marquez started the final round of this title defence at the top of the standings, in conditions a bit on the chilly side even for a November morning. The world champion and aspiring world champion went on to set a consistent pace in the mid 1:31s but dropped down the ranking to fifth as he did not fit on a new tyre for his final run.
Maverick Viñales followed up on a cautious start with a jump into sixth spot, seven tenths down on the leader. Quite usual by now, Johann Zarco was top Yamaha for much of the session, the Frenchman only dropping behind his factory colleague by five thousandths of a second in the final few minutes. Cal Crutchlow added another Honda to the mix in eighth place, while Mika Kallio found himself mingling with the cool crowd, nudged between the British rider and Dani Pedrosa, who completed the top ten.
Nearly a second down on Iannone was Jorge Lorenzo in twelfth position, with former teammate Valentino Rossi further down in eighteenth spot.
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