Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez continued to dominate the German Grand Prix weekend at the Sachsenring – but the works Yamahas are not far behind.
Marquez’s fastest time from Friday was 1m21.621s, and he lowered that fractionally to 1m21.619s after 10 minutes of the session. To prove his consistency, he later threw down a 1m21.625s for good measure.
His Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa also improved early to set his fastest lap of the weekend on 1m21.682s.
As the session came to a close, Bradley Smith briefly took centre stage, surging to the top of the times with 1m21.568s. He was then 0.184s up on that time on his next lap when he had a big moment at the penultimate corner.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo then lowered the bar to 1m21.221s, until Marquez regained his top spot with a laptime of 1m21.125s. He went even quicker on his last lap, a 1m21.083s – although his theoretical best time was a 1m20.8s.
Points leader Valentino Rossi improved on his Friday time almost immediately, finding the pace he was looking for after disappointing speed in FP2. He worked down to 1m21.274s, the third-fastest time of the weekend on his Yamaha.
Aleix Espargaro was an early faller at Turn 1 when his Suzuki high-sided at relatively low speed.
Cal Crutchlow suffered a much nastier high-side at Turn 3, being thrown into a series of somersaults across the gravel. He stomped away from his battered LCR Honda unscathed.