Valencia wasn’t feeling very generous with degrees Celsius on Saturday morning but the premier class still had just enough to duel for top ten positions. Marc Marquez was the first to improve on his Friday time and it put him at the top of the timesheets by half a second but the real fight was reserved for the final five minutes of FP3. With the combined top ten covered by merely half a second and the timing screens covered in red, no one was safe from the threat of Q1.
Keen to keep the practice session hat-trick going, Fabio Quartararo found the most time in the shootout and topped FP3 by two tenths of a second, at the end of a session in which he tested various front tyres and was not fully embracing track limits. The Frenchman got the better of rival Marquez on the timesheets but the Spaniard impressed more on pace on the medium front - soft rear tyre combination. Hardly an unusual sight, Jack Miller added the first Ducati to the mix in third position, three tenths off the leader.
Valentino Rossi turned things around after a particularly difficult Friday spent partly in gravel traps and the Italian briefly saw the top of the timesheets before dropping to fourth but safely in Q2. Apprentice Franco Morbidelli followed the master, with Maverick Vinales still fast on long runs but half a second slower than his satellite teammate at the top. Ducati would have been relieved to see Danilo Petrucci back at the sharp end in seventh position, one place ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso.
Joan Mir carried the flag for Suzuki in ninth, while Cal Crutchlow had an eventful morning, an early crash at turn ten on his path into the top ten. Not out of character for the other Suzuki man, Alex Rins struggled to make it into the top ten and will battle it out in Q1 with Pol Espargaro, Johann Zarco or Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia man having a particularly painful day, with two crashes in FP3. Pecco Bagnaia will also be making an appearance in Q1 after an odd tip-off at the end of pitlane.