While the start of the final practice session was delayed after a red flag in Moto3, dark clouds stretched over the Tuscan hillside, biding their time before causing trouble. FP4 was not affected, beyond a small drop in temperature, but Fabio Quartararo kept himself entertained with a spontaneous sightseeing of the gravel at turn 4 that didn’t stop him from claiming top spot on the very next lap. After the early mishap, the Frenchman answered every challenger and kept top spot to the checkered flag, while displaying fine race pace.
FP3 top dog Pecco Bagnaia was a tenth of a second slower than his main title rival and a touch behind him on pace too – although on more worn off tyres – while Takaaki Nakagami found some speed to join the top three. Alex Rins showed respectable pace on his way to fourth, only two thousandths of a second ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli continues to overcome his top speed deficit and climb into sixth place, but four tenths slower than the top five. Jack Miller and Joan Mir kept close, while Aleix Espargaro and Brad Binder rounded out the top ten positions.
In a deva vu from this morning, Maverick Viñales missed out by two thousandths of a second, ending the session just ahead of the Honda-powered duo of Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro. The remaining Honda finished 17th, Marc Marquez continuing to struggle and doing some off-roading at San Donato early on. Much like previous Mugello GP winners Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, the Spaniard ended the session over a second slower than the leader.