Despite the still significant amount of dust and sand making it look like rain when riders got off the racing line, the premier class made good use of their final practice session. Amongst the standout performances of the evening was FP4 leader Johann Zarco, the Frenchman taking control of the timesheets early on and following it up with an impressive series of mid to high 1:54s. Equally impressive was QatarGP victor Maverick Vinales, who finished the session second and with impressive pace of his own, while Joan Mir quickly joined to top three and 1:54 club once he swapped to the soft rear tyre after a short stint on the medium. Fabio Quartararo in fourth was another of the excellently consistent performers in FP4 and three tenths off top spot.
Franco Morbidelli was best of the rest in fourth and the only other rider to post a time in the 1:54s, while Alex Rins made some late progress into the top five. Aleix Espargaro continues his fine run inside the top ten with seventh position, ahead of top rookie Jorge Martin. Pecco Bagnaia could not quite replicate last week’s performance but kept close in ninth, while Stefan Bradl held onto the top ten despite a late and fairly unsual crash for the Honda rider. Jack Miller did not have much to prove after topping practice on Friday evening but ended the session down in 18th spot.