With just under 12 minutes remaining, Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) penetrated the top 10 with a 1:31.348. The riders pitted for fresh soft Michelin rubber as the last 10 minutes saw plenty of swapping and changing. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) then leapfrogged his way into P5 from outside the top 10, with compatriot Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) then doing the same. Second place Viñales, one of five riders in the top 10 yet to improve, then cut Quartararo’s advantage to 0.030. However, with three to go, Rossi was at the summit. ‘The Doctor’ slammed in a 1:30.630 to go over a tenth clear, but Miller then relegated Rossi to P2. However, Quartararo and Marquez were about to move the goalposts – the Frenchman more so than the 2019 Champion. The duo stuck themselves P1 and P2 in the dying seconds, with the Rookie of the Year going 0.2 clear to continue his 100% weekend record up.