Under 32 degrees of air temperature, the asphalt gave a searing welcome to the premier class for their final practice session and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. However, Fabio Quartararo had to share the limelight with compatriot Johann Zarco, with the Yamaha man leading for most of the session but eventually getting demoted from top spot by the Pramac rider, who was tempted by fresh rubber in the final few minutes. Quartararo did do the most laps – not that he needed it, with the scary pace he already showed all weekend.
The rest of the top five featured some of the most consistent riders over practice, including Miguel Oliveira in third, who continued to just about match Quartararo on pace. Jack Miller’s session was impacted by some early technical issues but he rejoined the track for the final 10 minutes and climbed up to fourth, ahead of Marc Marquez, whose pace looked good but maybe a couple tenths off Quartararo’s. Aleix Espargaro added a fifth manufacturer to the top five of the session, while Alex Marquez kept seventh position despite a late tumble at turn 1.
Pol Espargaro managed to avoid another unwanted off track excursion and ended the session eighth, while Joan Mir was the lead Suzuki in ninth place. Franco Morbidelli closed the top 10, ahead of Brad Binder. Maverick Viñales made a slow start as he stomped into the garage looking pretty unhappy early on and finished 12th, six tenths off top spot. Compatriot Alex Rins looked like he struggled a bit more, down in 15th and one full second slower than Zarco’s top time.