Unlike their colleagues before them, the intermediate class were instantly faster than their Friday times and Marcel Schrotter was the first to make his mark while in race trim. The German was top of the charts until the final couple of minutes of the session, when Alex Marquez targeted some home glory and went one hundredth of a second faster.
With the local boy waving to his fanclub from the top of the timesheets and Schrotter close behind, Mattia Pasini also came within half a tenth of top honours in FP3. A bigger surprise came from Luca Marini, the young Italian having an underwhelming Friday but catching up with his rivals come Saturday morning to climb into fourth position. Compatriot Andrea Locatelli impressed once again in the top five, seemingly thriving on the Spanish track.
Jorge Navarro found some improvement of his own to end the session sixth, three tenths down on the leader and only two thousandths of a second ahead of Fabio Quartararo. The minuscule gaps continued throughout the top 15, no two riders separated by more than a tenth. Brad Binder was eighth, with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Pecco Bagnaia completing the top ten. The Sky rider had set the bar high on Friday and could not improve on his own fine work but he took the checkered flag half a second off the lead and a hundredth ahead of title rival Miguel Oliveira. It was a tougher morning for Joan Mir and future replacement Xavi Vierge, both riders outside of the top 15.
|7||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'53.617||0.298||0.002|
|15||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'54.024||0.705||0.132|
|21||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'54.300||0.981||0.066|
|25||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'54.658||1.339||0.087|
|29||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'54.935||1.616||0.052|