Saturday morning in Austin was somewhat as predicted although the umbrellas went down quite some time before the lightweight class hit the bumpy track. It might have been 17 degrees and overcast but the surface was dry and it allowed for another proper practice session.
Jaume Masia grabbed an early lead and stood at the top of the timesheets until the final run in time attack mode threatened his position. The lightweight King of COTA, Jorge Martin, retook his rightful position in the final five minutes to get close to Friday’s benchmark but not quite under it and the situation proved far from settled as Lorenzo Dalla Porta showed great speed to snatch the lead of the session on his penultimate lap. The Italian lost quite a bit of his advantage in the final sector of the track and gave Martin a chance to strike back but the Spaniard got tangled in traffic and did not improve enough to retake the lead. The Leopard rider got the upper hand on the Gresini one by seven hundredths of a second.
Fabio Di Giannantonio kept up the good work he did on Friday and followed it up with a third position in FP3, followed by the familiar top four sight of Enea Bastianini. Championship leader Aron Canet was not too far behind in fifth, two tenths down on the leader and another tenth ahead of Argentina GP victor Marco Bezzecchi.
If the top six was covered by four tenths of a second, the same gap separated them from the man in seventh spot, Gabriel Rodrigo. The top ten was completed by Tatsuki Suzuki, Philipp Oettl and Darryn Binder.
|1||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'17.499|
|3||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'17.642||0.143||0.069|