As the session started both Rossi and Marquez traded the fastest lap times ahead of Vinales and Dovizioso.
It was halfway through the session when Marquez’s time of 1:31.072 settled ahead of Rossi’s.
With almost 4 minutes left on the clock Marquez improved his time slightly by 0.012s. As there were two minutes left top three were all on fast times with Vinales And Rossi ahead of Marquez on track.
As Vinales crossed the line he went fastest but for a short period as his time was instantly beaten by teammate Rossi but Marquez was on much faster lap and crossed the line to demote Rossi with a 1:30.863, a 0.127s ahead of Rossi’s Time.
After these laps top three didn’t get the chance to go any faster due to traffic and all three of them abandoned their next efforts.
Dovizioso settled on p4 a 0.039s behind Vinales and 0.078s ahead of Andrea Iannone to complete the top 5.
Strategy for the Race: Most of the field used the hard rear and front, as suggested by Michelin. Iannone, Miller, Bautista and Crutchlow combined it with the medium front, most others on the hard front. But the ideal strategy is Hard rear and Front.
Marquez looks favourite for the win as his time were consistent in Hard-Hard tires but Yamaha were also pretty close.