Another fully dry session in Thailand sparked a few surprises throughout the field, the men quickest in pace not necessarily quickest over one lap. After Luca Marini and Marc Marquez stole the show early on, trading places at the top and showing off with their rhythm, it was Jorge Martin’s turn to claim the top of the pile in the final shootout, after starting the session in the gravel. The Pramac man was trailed by colleague Jack Miller by only one hundredth of a second, the Australian’s session also ending with a slight tumble. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo endured a few moments here and there on his way to third, with Brad Binder making a late impression on the timesheets to claim fourth.
Alex Rins in fifth was two tenths off top spot, while Johann Zarco was sixth in the session but third overall, courtesy of his Friday-topping time. Enea Bastianini did not seem to be having much fun throughout the session but found some late speed to climb into seventh position, ahead of teammates Marco Bezzecchi and Marini. Although Pecco Bagnaia was an underwhelming 17th in the morning session, the Italian’s benchmark from Friday was enough to keep him inside the combined top 10.
Meanwhile, a mix of traffic and mistakes left Marc Marquez 11th in the closing stages of FP3, the Honda man missing out on Q2 by only seven thousandths of a second and being only three tenths off top spot. He will be in familiar company in Q1, however, with compatriots Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales continuing their struggle on the Aprilia – Top Gun quite evidently unhappy throughout the session and finishing almost a second down.
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