Beautiful sunshine greeted the first outing of the day and the lightweight class featured the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. With the lower temperatures of the morning, not all riders rivalled their best effort from Friday but a couple of men led by Marco Bezzecchi managed to drop into the 1:42s once again. Also joining that exclusive club was Aron Canet, who was the fastest man on Friday and continued much on the same note, leading the best part of Saturday morning before being dethroned by the championship leader.
Tatsuki Suzuki in third position was almost half a second slower than Bezzecchi after his late time attack, while Enea Bastianini was back on track in fourth, only a hundredth of a second behind the top three. Lorenzo Dalla Porta had his teammate’s back in fifth position, with Jakub Kornfeil only a thousandth of a second slower. Philipp Oettl also progressed in the third practice session to reach seventh position, although he was the first man not to break the 1:42 barrier.
If Jorge Martin was not sore enough after his heavy FP2 tumble, the Spaniard also had to endure some roughening up from Dalla Porta this morning but that did not impede his speed too much. The Gresini rider’s eighth position – with an identical time to Jaume Masia behind him – was still good news for the team, whose other rider, Fabio Di Giannantonio, escaped unscathed from a fast crash in turn 7 early in the session and failed to rejoin due to the lengthy repair job required.
Another rapid performer from Friday, John McPhee, completed the top ten, with only Marco Ramirez and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat behind him finishing within a second of the FP3 leader.
|5||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'42.911||0.603||0.091|
|29||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'44.813||2.505||0.016|
|30||18||Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT||KTM||1'46.255||3.947||1.442|