A few more hard tyres showed up to the party for the final practice session as riders went through their options for the race and showed their speed against rivals. Probably tired of the baby Frenchman stealing all his spotlight, Marc Marquez snatched back the final practice session with half a second in hand over Quartararo. The world champion was fast on a medium rear (in the low 2:00s) and then faster on hards (a beautiful set of 1:59s) but looking past the fairly impressive gap at the top of the timesheets, he seems to have plenty of challengers waiting to pounce – the first of them being Fabio Quartararo, the Petronas rider showing nearly identic pace to the leader.
Maverick Vinales was still having trouble keeping to the recommended width of tarmac and was a bit slower to warm up, but when his hard tyres did, he gave them a good battering in the low 2:00s. He was followed by teammate Valentino Rossi, the Italian looking a bit sluggish on the mediums he was initially tempted by but finding significant speed once switching to the hard.
Andrea Dovizioso started off somewhat underwhelming and finished eighth tenths of a second slower than Marquez but in a sensible fifth position. However, the Ducati man had to abandon his machine at turn seven, after it cut out at the checkered flag, causing some concern ahead of the dreaded Q1. Alex Rins looked to have the pace to match the fastest men at the beginning of the session but didn’t quite follow all the way through, while Pol Espargaro in seventh place was the final rider within a second of the leader. Cal Crutchlow, Franco Morbidelli and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten.