The cool conditions in Silverstone saw a lot of fresh soft rubber out to play in FP3 and a long fight for the top 10 positions, started, as usual, by the world champion attacking the timesheets halfway through the session. However, things didn’t really hot up – metaphorically more than literally – until Jack Miller demoted Fabio Quartararo from the lead of the combined standings for the final 12 minutes of FP3. Aleix Espargaro came closest to challenging him, less than a tenth behind the Ducati man and one hundredth of a second ahead of Jorge Martin, who was one of the last riders to improve on their Friday times, but he did so to join the top 3 in the final couple of minutes.
Fabio Quartararo dropped to fourth eventually but less than two tenths off the lead and showed great pace in his runs. Pecco Bagnaia was another of the late improvers but managed to join the top 5 while giving mentor Valentino Rossi a helpful tow into seventh position, to the delight of the spectators. The two Italians were separated by Pol Espargaro on the timesheets, the Spaniard continuing a solid weekend in Silverstone, despite a late tumble at Stowe.
After his early attack, Joan Mir continued to push to secure eighth place, while Brad Binder rejoined the top 10 in the final shootout and Marc Marquez secured the final ticket to Q2, less than four tenths off the leader’s time. Johann Zarco was the final rider to post a time within half a second of Miller and will entertain us in Q1 along with the likes of Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins, the Suzuki man crashing out at the busy Farm curve on a hot lap in the final handful of minutes.