The rain that drizzled all throughout the morning faded as the intermediate class took to the track and the surface dried to the point that slicks were a tempting option, splitting the timesheets between those who did and those who didn’t. Steven Odendaal definitely did and led the way by a mere three hundredths of a second from Augusto Fernandez. Dominique Aegerter was another name that had been missing from the business end this season and slicks helped him finally make an appearance in third spot.
Simone Corsi was best of the rest, a second and a half slower than Odendaal, with Philipp Oettl completing the top five but another two seconds back. Rookies Jorge Martin and Jake Dixon were welcome arrivals to the top ten, which was rounded out by Alex Marquez and Marcel Schrotter. Sam Lowes was an early leader but dropped down to 11th, ahead of the likes of Mattia Pasini, Tom Luthi and Lorenzo Baldassarri, who seemed to take it easy in the changing conditions.
Despite the track getting faster as it got drier in the final part of FP3, times were nowhere near Friday’s benchmark for the top 14, FP2 results determining who would battle it out in Q1 later today.
|3||77||Dominique AEGERTER||MV Agusta||1'40.809||0.228||0.195|
|12||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Speed Up||1'46.362||5.781||0.244|
|18||9||Jorge NAVARRO||Speed Up||1'46.946||6.365||0.042|
|62||Stefano MANZI||MV Agusta||1'50.940||10.359||0.651|
|20||Dimas EKKY PRATAMA||Kalex||1'52.665||12.084||1.725|