Loris Capirossi has topped the third session of free practice at the Estoril circuit, and the fact that the man who has so far struggled to tame the Pramac Ducati was the fastest in the session was a sign of how mixed the conditions were. The track slowly dried out throughout the course or practice, but large sections remained slick, with damp patches throughout. Most of the riders chose to remain in the pits for much of the session, with only a few circulating on track.
At the end of the session, it was Loris Capirossi who posted the fastest time, half a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who was in turn faster than the Marlboro Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Clouds are hanging in the hills to the northwest of the circuit, and there would seem to be a very good chance of rain during qualifying.
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||DUCATI||1'50.896||6.381||1.779|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'51.831|