If the not-wet-enough not-dry-enough surface did not convince premier class riders to stick to the comfort of their garage, Marc Marquez’s early tumble on slicks definitely sent that message. If the master of changing conditions wasn’t too keen, everyone else took their time before properly sampling the conditions.
With ten minutes left on the clock, there were barely a handful of times on the board and the track only really got busy in the final five minutes. It was not much time to prove anything, other than how quickly riders could adapt to conditions and there’s only one answer to that question really: Marquez. The Spaniard set camp at the top of the standings with the only 1:39 time of the session and ended FP3 three tenths ahead of Danilo Petrucci. The Ducati was very closely followed by the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales, with Franco Morbidelli fourth, half a second off the leader all while following said leader.
Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizoso were the last men within a second of Marquez, with Pol Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi completing the top ten. Jorge Lorenzo was one of the riders with most laps posted as he was trying to get to grips with the less grippy conditions. The jury was out as to the outcome as the Spaniard finished 13th, nearly two seconds off his teammate.