Both the Yamaha bikes were the strongest on the grid today. Shockingly, championship contenders Johann Zarco and Franchescho Bagnaia failed to reach the top 10 of FP3.
Vinales was flying in FP3, finishing the session 0.2s ahead of teammate Quartararo.
The Hondas also seemed to have a strong pace in FP3 as Pol Espargaro finished the session just 0.1s behind Quartararo. However, it was disappointing to see Marc Marquez finishing 15th. The Spaniard is slowly gaining confidence in pushing his bike to the limit after recovering from his crash but still seemed to struggle a lot today. He finished the session 0.5s behind his teammate.
The Yamahas are looking extremely quick in Assen while the Ducatis are seeming to struggle. The track’s unique nature of fast corners appears to be Ducati’s Achilles heel.
The Suzukis appeared to have been sandbagging the whole session, but in the last five minutes, they were able to set lap times worthy for finishing top 6 in Free Practice 3.
In the closing minutes of the session, all the riders had gone out onto the track for their final run. Pramac rider Jorge Martin was on a very quick lap till the final turn as Enea Bastianini and Marc Marquez seemed to have compromised his lap forcing him to run into the gravel and consequently getting his lap time deleted.
It was shocking to see Francheso Bagnaia, Marc Marquez, and Johann Zarco failing to get into the top 10. This could be because the track was recently resurfaced and the riders were experimenting to find the best race tire.
The top 10 from this session are automatically through to the second round of qualifying, where pole position will be decided.
The top 10 in FP3 is as follows:
As expected from FP3, the Yamahas were the dominant force through the session. This time, however, it was Quartarao getting the better of his teammate and finishing 0.2s ahead of him. It was nice to see Oliveira in the top 3. However, his competitors had set faster lap times in FP3.
The top 3 of the session is as follows: