Marquez was now out on a soft rear Michelin tyre though. The number 93 didn’t immediately set the timing screens alight but, with Miller in his sights, Marquez started to set red sectors. Sure enough, with two tenths in his pocket halfway round the lap, the Championship leader crossed the line to go 0.340 quicker than anyone else. Fortunes weren’t favouring fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) though, both he and Rossi found themselves outside the top 10 with just a couple of minutes remaining. Crutchlow was able to go 8th to push Petrucci out, but the Italian then went P3 before Rossi then slammed home a vital personal best time to go 5th, and with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) also improving, Crutchlow was shoved back out. The British rider couldn’t go quicker and would finish 11th, meaning he’ll have to contest Q1 later today.