Saturday morning at the Catalan GP didn’t disappoint as all but three riders improve their times from Friday

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins set a 1:39.547 in FP3 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya to lead the MotoGP field in qualifying, the Spaniard going 0.036 quicker than Friday’s quickest man Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) on a medium-front Michelin tyre, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) slamming in a late lap to finish third overall as times tumbled in Barcelona. 

Conditions were perfect for the premier class to do their thing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and straight from the off, Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Rins improved their times from Friday – Marquez going to the summit, Rins went to third. Other riders were improving in the early stages too, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi to most notable ones.

The action calmed down for the middle part of FP3 but it was all bubbling up nicely for a grandstand last 15 minutes, and sure enough, rookie sensation Quartararo took back P1 with just over 15 to go. This set off a chain reaction as everyone bar Rins went out on the soft-soft tyre combination, with the Suzuki rider hitting top spot on a medium front. The likes of Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) started to infiltrate the top ten as the timing screen started lighting up with red and orange sectors, with Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) getting himself into the all-important top ten in the last ten mins.

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