It was another crisp morning in Montmelo but the premier class turned up the heat for the final handful of minutes of FP3, in the fight for a Q2 place. Fabio Quartararo was in a rush to claim top spot and showcase his consistent pace, so the Frenchman put his name at the top of the timesheets early on and despite a solid challenge from future teammate Maverick Vinales, Quartararo reclaimed the lead on his final flying lap. Vinales got demoted to second by four hundredths of a second, with Miguel Oliveira another half a tenth back.
It feels like quite a while since Danilo Petrucci was top Ducati and with pretty solid pace, but the Italian made a late jump into fourth, albeit only seven thousandths of a second faster than Johann Zarco in fifth. Pol Espargaro was another of the late leaders but the homeboy eventually dropped to sixth, three tenths off top spot. Franco Morbidelli led on Friday and was slow to go any faster on Saturday morning but he was safely in the top ten and ahead of mentor Valentino Rossi. Brad Binder was another of the really late improvers, with Joan Mir clinging onto the final spot on the combined timesheets.
Although Pecco Bagnaia’s fastest time was within half a second of the leader, the Italian found himself kicked out of the top ten and with pretty strong competition in Q1 from the likes of Jack Miller, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins, in addition to the two LCR riders who crashed late in FP3 and got pushed down the order.