Track surface was just getting back to fully dry by the time the premier class had another go at practice, but dark clouds were closing in once more for the final third of FP3 and although raindrops were modest, they brought some drama on the timesheets. After missing out on the top 10 on Friday, Pecco Bagnaia was in a rush to prove his speed on Saturday morning and headed straight to the top of the timesheets on his first flying lap. It was still nowhere near enough, as the Italian took a surprise tumble in the final couple of minutes and found himself into Q1 at the chequered flag. Meanwhile, colleague Jorge Martin picked up the baton for Ducati to lead the combined practice times by almost two tenths of a second.
The last-second changes on the timesheets also saw Marco Bezzecchi shoot into second position and Maverick Viñales recover ground into third. Luca Marini joined his teammate inside the top four, while Joan Mir kept close in fifth. Enea Bastianini in sixth position was the fourth and final Ducati in the top 10, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo. The Yamaha man got annoyed at his teammate, his handlebar and then at turn 14, but was eventually safely into Q2 from seventh position. Alex Rins in eighth was half a second off the lead, while Aleix Espargaro got a helpful reference from Martin late on, which suddenly brought him from the bottom of the top 20 back into top 10 contention.
The final place directly into Q2 went to Franco Morbidelli, who posted an identical time to Bagnaia, although the Yamaha man is on the shortlist for a penalty for impeding both Quartararo and Bagnaia during the session. The world championship leader didn’t help his case with the late tumble at turn seven, which dropped him into a very competitive Q1, with the likes of Johann Zarco, Friday’s leader Brad Binder, Jack Miller and Marc Marquez – all missing out due to a mix of bad timing and slight mistakes.
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