The session started with an assault on the timesheets as the premier class line-up was enjoying the more sensible conditions temperature-wise. After a low key Friday, Marc Marquez finally put in new rubber to shoot to the top of the timesheets as soon as the session started and went unchallenged until Danilo Petrucci anticipated the final shootout on a soft rear to grab the lead in the final ten minutes, while most rivals were still finishing their race runs.
The final five minutes really kickstarted the battle for those precious Q2 tickets and Jorge Lorenzo showed his cards first to lead Petrucci. The Italian struck back at the very last minute to retake the lead and it looked like a straight battle between the two Ducati men until Valentino Rossi, finding himself in a dangerous 11th position, fired in the fastest time of the weekend on his very last lap. The Yamaha veteran did not exactly shine on race pace but ultimately led compatriot Petrucci by eighth hundredths of a second, with Lorenzo another six hundredths back. The Spaniard seemed to have the best pace out of the three but the reigning world champion’s times were more eye-catching.
After a couple of good runs on the medium rear and a time attack on the soft, Marquez finished top Honda, two tenths back on his lead rival, with Andrea Iannone close behind after a late charge. Dani Pedrosa bided his time in improving his Friday benchmark but eventually saved sixth position, one tenth ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow. The Brit might have improved his position had he not visited the gravel trap at turn three with two minutes left on the clock.
Johann Zarco ended up eighth and in the company of Tito Rabat. The final top ten position went to Andrea Dovizioso, who managed to grab onto that final Q2 ticket by the skin of his teeth at the very last moment. The Italian’s joy was Maverick Viñales’ misery as the Spaniard got pushed to 11th position and into Q1, together with the likes of Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller, Alvaro Bautista and Alex Rins.