Maverick Viñales shot to the top of the timesheets shortly after 8pm in Qatar, taking over from Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo had established a lead earlier in the day, only losing out in the last few minutes. More riders are starting to focus on long runs, including Valentino Rossi. Marc Marquez, currently 7th, suffered an early fall at Turn 1, shortly after going out. Marquez was unhurt.
Times shortly after 8pm on Thursday: