Ecstar Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales proved once again that he is the hottest property in MotoGP by claiming the top spot in Free Practice 3 (FP3). Throughout the 45-minute session, Maverick and Honda rider Marc Marquez sparred over the top spot.
Vinales was the only man who posted an under two-minute lap when he set a 1:59.947 on the first lap of his final run. Towards the end of the session, the young Spaniard set another under two-minute lap.
Yesterday, Marquez was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He did over four stints and it was on the third stint that he posted his fastest lap. The newly crowned world champion was able to set a 2:00.032 lap while battling his illness.
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi claimed the third spot and fourth spot respectively. Hector Barbera on his satellite Ducati bested Andrea Iannone on the works Ducati by 0.011s.
Maverick's teammate Aleix Espargaro claimed the seventh spot, while Andrea Dovizioso on his works Ducati completed the top eight. Pol Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista completed the session in ninth and tenth place.
Last weekend's winner Cal Crutchlow crashed out on his final hot lap at Turn 7. Now the Brit will have to come through Q1. He ended the session in 13th place and will be working hard to find the best setup in FP4.