Dovizioso had been demoted to P18 and the Italian needed a quick time. The title chase leader set a personal best but it was only good enough for P14, with fellow Ducati rider Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) improving his FP2 time to P5. Quartararo then closed the gap to Viñales with less than a minute to go, 0.109 the gap, with compatriot Zarco slotting into the top three. Then, on his final flying lap, Quartararo set the fastest time of the weekend to oust Viñales from top spot. Oliveira then shot to P3 on his final flying lap to get within a tenth of both Quartararo and Viñales, with Petrucci flying into P4 – great job from the Italian on Saturday morning.