The premier class enjoyed another wet misty start in Misano but there was time to be found despite the sketchy conditions, as demonstrated by Jack Miller improving his own FP2 benchmark only 15 minutes into the session. That was only the beginning of a tense FP3, at the end of which Johann Zarco claimed the lead of the session by 8 hundredths of a second from teammate Jorge Martin, with Ducati colleague Miller dropping to third.
Miguel Oliveira also had a stint at the front and despite a tumble at the final corner halfway through proceedings, the KTM man held onto fourth place. Marc Marquez was quick to fix his FP2 mistakes and rejoined the top 10 early in the session, eventually settling for fifth, while teammate Pol Espargaro left it late to jump into sixth place, half a second off top spot. While all eyes were on the other factory Yamaha, Franco Morbidelli admirably snuck into seventh position, while Aleix Espargaro’s late burst of speed promoted him to eighth and surprisingly pushed Pecco Bagnaia out of Q2 contention.
Danilo Petrucci continues to enjoy some time in the limelight on his final home race from ninth position, while Luca Marini’s final flying lap demoted Joan Mir from the top 10. Although Bagnaia eventually got ahead of the Spaniard on the timesheets, both of them will be entertaining us in Q1, which is bound to be quite a show, with championship leader Fabio Quartararo failing to qualify directly into Q2 for the first time this season and a subdued Alex Rins dropping to 21st place after a mid-session crash at turn 13.