The final practice session of the premier class was a good opportunity for some tyre experiments, with all the options getting an outing during the 30-minute session. Aleix Espargaro’s experiment was running full race distance on a set of mediums and it seemed to be a very successful one, the Spaniard boasting impeccable consistency and topping the session by a tenth of a second. In a familiar flashback from last weekend, Marco Bezzecchi was in close proximity, together with Fabio Quartararo – the reigning world champion two tenths off top spot.
Johann Zarco and Luca Marini joined them in the top five, while Maverick Viñales’ sixth place suggested that FP3 was more of a blip and he posted a solid run of laps on a soft rear tyre – the only rider to be tempted by it. Jorge Martin and Franco Morbidelli also posted times within half a second of the leader, with Enea Bastianini recovering some ground to ninth place. Pecco Bagnaia’s used rubber runs dropped him to the bottom of the top 10, while Joan Mir held onto 11th position despite some hairy moments at turn 10.
Miguel Oliveira was the top KTM in 12th position, six tenths off the fastest time, while teammate Brad Binder added a second crash of the day to his scorecard. Although not featuring in the top 10, the likes of Alex Rins, Pol Espargaro and Jack Miller were within eight tenths of a second of the leader.
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