Rain did not come and MotoGP riders had the opportunity to ride to get their best performance, transforming as usual FP3 session in a mini qualifying in the final minutes. Not too many surprises on top, with Marc Marquez being again really fast also in Austria with the reigning World Champion leading again a session.
Takaaki Nakagami confirmed his pace finishing in 7th but his teammate Cal Crutchlow was not able to being out of Q2 for just 0.052s.
Ducati confirmed that their bikes are really fast at Red Bull Ring in the last session of free practice as well, with Andrea Dovizioso who was the fastest Ducati on track; the Italian crossed the line in 3rd place not too far from FP3 leader, with Danilo Petrucci on the other side who finished just behind having the same time. A good morning also for Pramac; Jack Miller is in a good shape and ended in 7th, while his teammate Francesco Bagnaia struggled a lot more and finished 15th.
By the way it was a positive morning session for Yamahas too, with Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo who were already in top 10 after Friday’s sessions, but Valentino Rossi had to improve his lap time and feeling with the bike. FP3 started really well for nine-time World Champion who seemed to have a good pace since the first minutes, with Italian rider who was able to get the access to Q2 thanks to his 1.23.702 putting himself in 6th position. Vinales and Quartararo finished in 2nd and 5th, confirming that they are really fast too.
Another rider who had to improve and jump on top 10 was Alex Rins, 12th after FP2; Suzuki rider tried to find a better feeling than yesterday to put himself in a Q2 position and he was able to; at the end of the morning he was 9th with seven tenths of a second of gap
KTM had 2 bikes on Friday qualified for Q2 but during the session were taken out, with their riders who had to try again the direct access to the last session of qualifying; Pol Espargaro gave everything he could and he was able to snatch a top 10 place finishing just 10th.