The premier class started their third practice session in such poor visibility due to dust being blown around the track that even the bright orange KTM machines were difficult to recognise at times. Understandably, not many riders were tempted to join the action from the very beginning (or at all) but Fabio Quartararo started and ended the session at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman’s final flying lap put him nearly three tenths of a second ahead of Alex Rins but was almost three seconds slower than the benchmark set on Friday. Rins was closely followed by teammate Mir, who put in a solid run on used soft tyres but the world champion will be taking another trip through Q1 later on.
Danilo Petrucci joined the action late, for a handful of laps, and one of those pushed him up to fourth, ahead of Maverick Vinales, but only the Spaniard had secured a Q2 position. Franco Morbidelli in sixth spot will be joining his colleague in Q2, unlike the rest of the top ten positions in FP3, occupied by Enea Bastianini, Alex Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro. Although Pecco Bagnaia, Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaro were in no rush to climb up the timesheets in the afternoon session, the trio were safely inside the combined top ten. The Ducati trio of Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and the fastest man over the three sessions, Jack Miller, decided there was nothing to learn in these conditions and did not join the action at any point.