Day 2 at the Teruel GP started off quite intensely for the premier class, with a crazy close battle for Q2 places, less than four tenths of a second separating the top 10 by the end of FP3. Franco Morbidelli was the first rider to improve on his Friday time and after brief interruptions from Fabio Quartararo and Takaaki Nakagami, the Italian reclaimed the lead of the session on his final flying lap. Nakagami had to settle for second, only five hundredths of a second back and with Quartararo third, six hundredths off his teammate – all three men setting a fine pace at the front.
Maverick Vinales in fourth was only a tenth of a second slower than the leader, making it three Yamahas in the top four once again, while Alex Marquez and Iker Lecuona continued to impress as the two rookies joined the top six in the final shootout. The Suzukis started the session strong but dropped a few positions in the closing stages of FP3, Alex Rins down to 7th and Joan Mir clinging onto 10th spot, with Miguel Oliveira and Cal Crutchlow between them.
In a déjà vu from last weekend, there were no Ducatis going directly into Q2, with Jack Miller missing out by two hundredths of a second, while Andrea Dovizioso was 14th, only half a second off top spot and birthday boy Danilo Petrucci dropped to 17th, seven tenths off compatriot Morbidelli’s top time.