In the sunny but chilly Saturday morning session, riders took their time getting close to their FP1 times, Marc Marquez the only one to narrowly beat it in the early part of the session. Andrea Dovizioso and both the Suzukis led the Yamaha duo before everybody put on their qualifying shoes.
Cal Crutchlow was the first to challenge the timesheets, the LCR rider getting himself back into a top ten position before the mad dash started. Although the strategy did not pay off in the end, the British rider getting pushed back once again in the final moments of the session.
The final ten minutes saw Marquez post a series of mid and low 1:30s, getting as close as two tenths of a second to Jorge Lorenzo’s amazing pole record from 2015. Maverick Viñales might have made a mess of his practice start but he won’t be too unhappy with his second place on the timesheets.
Despite failing to improve his Friday time while trying a medium rear tyre, Lorenzo kept his third position on the combined times, followed by Andrea Dovizioso, the Ducati third in the session and fourth overall. Dani Pedrosa spent a worrying amount of time outside of the top ten but found his way to the top five in the final minutes.
The Espargaro brothers were the next to get a direct ticket to Q2, Pol leading Aleix in both FP3 and on the combined standings. Andrea Iannone was eighth but his main cameo in the session was a slight incident with Yonny Hernandez, the Italian not paying attention and cruising into the Columbian, managing to wipe out a winglet in the process.
The higher profile Italian Valentino Rossi had a rather anonymous session, finishing ninth overall, ahead of a very impressive Bradley Smith, the last rider to get straight into Q2, the Tech 3 rider pushing fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow out of the coveted position.