Tuenti Movil HP 40’s Espargaró had looked to take top spot in the session having already beaten the track record, yet it was Moto2™ World Champion Marc Márquez who put in a stunning lap in the dying seconds with a 1.36’090, just under four hundredths faster than his compatriot. Márquez’s session was however not without incident, as a strong pass on Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi saw the Italian crash, with the champion later heading to his pit box to apologise. He was later penalised by Race Direction, and will start Sunday’s race from last on the grid. His team did not appeal against the decision.
In third, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding put in a good showing with a lap less than two tenths off the top, ousting Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone into fourth. The Italian, who has been a bit off colour in recent races, will be pleased with his afternoon’s form, as he looks to defend third place in the championship. JiR Moto2’s Johann Zarco continued his good showing this weekend, although briefly dropped his bike in the gravel after running wide.
Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi came in sixth, ahead of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol, who will hope to put on a good show at his home circuit, after having Turn 4 named after him. Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio completed the top ten, all within a second of the top spot. The only other crasher in the afternoon was TSR Galicia School wildcard Dani Rives, while in the morning, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s replacement rider Mattia Pasini crashed out of the session half way through, shortly after QMMF Racing’s replacement rider Rafid Topan Sucipto. All crashers walked away unscathed.