The premier class finally got a dry session in Le Mans, albeit still cool under the deceptively bright sun. After taking it very easy in the tricky conditions on Friday, Fabio Quartararo was quick to put his name back at the top of the timesheets and went on to set a fine pace. The home favourite entered the shootout in prime position and ended it there too, a tenth of a second faster than a resurgent Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli was one of his teammate’s main challengers throughout the session but had to make do with third, while showing decent pace on used rubber.
Jack Miller kick-started the yellow flag parade for the final handful of minutes with a harsh off-throttle highside at turn 8 but his best time was good enough for fourth. The yellow flags limited late progress on track but Cal Crutchlow snuck through to climb into fifth. Johann Zarco in sixth position was only three tenths off top spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who joined the gravel trap at turn four in the final couple of minutes. Maverick Vinales saw his fastest time cancelled for being set under a yellow flag and got demoted from fifth to eighth, ahead of Pol Espargaro and with Andrea Dovizioso saved by the bell/yellow flags in holding onto a top ten position.
Brad Binder missed out on Q2 places by five hundredths of a second, with Joan Mir also missing out after a late tumble at turn 3 took him out of the final time attack. Teammate Alex Rins also had on outing at busy turn 3 much earlier in the session but the outcome was the same and both Suzukis will have to go through Q1, in the company of Pecco Bagnaia, Danilo Petrucci or Takaaki Nakagami.