With hot weather and no sight of rain this time around, the riders were eager to go out and do their usual homework. Andrea Dovizioso didn’t take long to beat the time set in the morning by the reigning world champion, trading blows at the front with Marc Marquez himself for the next few laps, Marquez even finding time to test some overtakes in the new chicane at turns 14-15. Marquez set the fastest time of the day on his final lap with an Avintia bike parked in the middle of turn fifteen.
The Spaniard put some daylight into his pursuers, stealing top spot from Jorge Lorenzo, the Ducati rider eventually ahead of his teammate to finish second while also giving Tito Rabat a helpful lift into sixth place. Jonas Folger was the top Yamaha once again, the Tech 3 rider half a second off Marquez.