The final chance to find your way in practice came and went for the premier class and it saw some out of character tyre choices, with Marc Marquez going softer than his Honda colleagues, Maverick Viñales starting on all softs and his teammate Valentino Rossi on the medium-hard combination. After the world champion showed blistering pace on the new hard-medium combination, he went on to do the same on used medium-soft rubber, on which he posted the fastest time of the session and the only 1:33.
Andrea Iannone proved once again that there is nothing wrong with his Suzuki’s one lap pace, the Italian the only rival to Marquez’s early pace but eventually he was demoted to second by six hundredths of a second. Compatriot Andrea Dovizioso was third on a hard rear but did not demonstrate the same consistent pace as his main title rival. Viñales finished fourth, three tenths down on Marquez and with a couple of low and mid 1:34s that once again were not quite as consistent as the Repsol Honda man’s.
Cal Crutchlow also went through quite a diverse tyre choice, going from hards to the medium-soft combination and was fast enough for fifth. Alex Rins improved significantly to climb into sixth, ahead of an even more impressive Takaaki Nakagami. Danilo Petrucci was eighth, seven tenths down on Marquez and another tenth ahead of Johann Zarco. Lorenzo completed the top ten, almost a second slower than the leader and with some more speed to do on race pace.
Valentino Rossi’s progress was hindered by an early crash in turn seven but the Italian dusted himself off and finished the session eleventh, while Dani Pedrosa continued to have a bad day in 15th position.