Rain flags were back out as soon as the lights turned green at the end of pitlane and one man who was eager to see that was Remy Gardner, who once again shone in the difficult conditions and planted his flag at the top of the timesheets, claiming the territory for most of the session. With rain coming and going throughout the afternoon, the riders made the most of the dry patches in the final third of FP3 to advance on the timesheets.
Some red sector times finally appeared with three minutes left on the clock but Gardner did enough on only his fourth lap to keep top position by over eight tenths of a second. Iker Lecuona chased the championship leader to drag himself into second position but the good news ended there as the Spaniard had a moment in turn one soon after and ran into the back of the Portuguese rider, both looking disappointed but not harmed. Lecuona kept second on the timesheets, a tenth ahead of Marcel Schrotter. Oliveira missed out on the top three by only nine thousandths of a second.
Andrea Locatelli kept away from the drama and made steady progress in the late part of FP3 to edge ever closer to the top five, half a second quicker than Fabio Quartararo. Mattia Pasini, Joe Roberts and Lorenzo Baldassarri were the last men to post a time within two seconds of Gardner, while Sam Lowes completed the top ten.
Birthday boy Brad Binder was 15th, leading a select group including Alex Marquez, Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir in positions 16 to 18. Luca Marini was an early victim of the precarious conditions but rejoined the action to finish 19th, nearly three seconds down on the leader.
|1||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'38.377|
|6||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'40.245||1.868||0.477|
|11||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'40.492||2.115||0.066|
|23||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'41.509||3.132||0.090|
|29||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'42.249||3.872||0.194|