The premier class was not too tempted by the wet but slowly drying track greeting them on Saturday morning and an exploratory lap was enough for some to send them back to the garage. Marc Marquez was one of those who made up their mind early and patiently kept his crew company until it was practice starts time. With the world champion not setting a time, this allowed the competition some airtime. Mika Kallio was keen to impress on his first outing as Johann Zarco’s replacement and the Finnish rider led quite a significant portion of the proceedings. It wasn’t until the sun came out for the final 15 minutes and warmed up a dry line that Alex Rins put on some slick tyres to take over top spot.
Maverick Vinales was the fastest men on rain tyres, one second slower than Rins and seven tenths of a second ahead of Kallio at the checkered flag. Franco Morbidelli also gave soft slick rubber a try for one last lap and it saw him climb to fourth spot, after a very long outing on wet tyres. Miguel Oliveira completed the top five, with the Italian duo of Pecco Bagnaia and Valentino Rossi close behind. Bradley Smith, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir completed the top ten.
The one fast lap on slick tyres was nowhere near enough to threaten Friday times and make any changes in the cast for Q2 later on.