Some of the Friday clouds left the perimeter proving the sun still visits Germany, yet the times were slow to drop on Saturday morning. Improving his time by four tenths early on, Marc Marquez later tested the new chassis proposed by Honda. While he set reasonable times on it, the Spaniard returned to his normal configuration for the ten-minute shootout and slashed over a second off his FP2 time, going straight to the top.
Failing to improve their Friday times early on, both Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales managed to do so in their final laps, taking over the second and third position. With the sun breaking through the clouds more than on Friday, Valentino Rossi’s morning brightened up too, the Italian pushing though for a fourth spot.
Pol Espargaro was the morning’s first improver, falling back to fifth eventually. The sun shined over Dani Pedrosa too – grumpy he may have appeared into the pits, but the Spaniard upped his game for a reasonable sixth position, four tenths off the leader. Aleix Espargaro was seventh, with yesterday’s gang of Ducatis dropping like fish out of water into eight, nine and ten position for Hector Barbera, Andrea Dovizioso and Yonny Hernandez.
But at least they can rejoice with the prospect of Q2, a courtesy not extended to Jorge Lorenzo, the world champion languishing down in fifteenth. Luckily, turn eleven was kind to its visitors today, the track only claiming Cal Cruthlow into turn one early in the session. He recovered to set some fast laps but narrowly missed on a top ten spot.