Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller topped the third MotoGP practice session at Portimao, as series champion Joan Mir and second-placed Franco Morbidelli were both consigned to Q1.
For much of the session, which was back to a 45-minute running time after the two Friday practices clocked in at 70 minutes each, riders were around a second off the best pace set on Friday.
But as qualifying simulations began in the closing stages, Miller posted a 1m39.414s that eclipsed Johann Zarco’s FP2 benchmark by 0.003s.
Home hero Miguel Oliveira improved upon Miller’s time by half a tenth with two minutes left on the clock, and after being deposed from the top spot by Alex Rins, reclaimed first place at the chequered flag.
But the Tech3 KTM man was denied by Miller, whose 1m39.205s left him just over a tenth clear of Oliveira.
Suzuki rider Rins settled for third, and had to pull over to the side of the track after the chequered flag. He tried to request a lift back to the pits from one of his fellow riders, but was unsuccessful.
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) November 21, 2020
Ducati’s outgoing rider Andrea Dovizioso snatched a Q2 spot late on, beating LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami to fourth place in the session by 0.004s.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) and Pol Espargaro (KTM) were next up, the latter having had a scary moment during FP3 when he got sideways on the grass entering Turn 7 and only just held on to the bike. Both Quartararo and Espargaro preserved their 100-percent record of Q2 appearances in 2020 as a result.
Scary moment for @polespargaro! 😲
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) November 21, 2020
Honda rider Stefan Bradl, who’s served as Marc Marquez’s stand-in for most of the season, has been enjoying a superb weekend and secured his first Q2 appearance of the campaign by finishing eighth in FP3.
Morbidelli was ninth-fastest, yet will have to go through Q1 because his time wasn’t enough to eclipse the best Friday efforts by Zarco and Yamaha stablemate Maverick Vinales.
Joining Morbidelli and Mir (15th-fastest in FP3) in the first qualifying segment will be Valentino Rossi, whose torrid weekend on the Yamaha continued as he placed just 20th.
Practice 3 Results
|Pos||Name||Team||Bike||Gap Next||Gap Leader||Best Time|
|1||Jack Miller||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1m39.205s|
|2||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+0.125s||+0.125s||1m39.33s|
|3||Alex Rins||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||+0.025s||+0.15s||1m39.355s|
|4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati Team||Ducati||+0.049s||+0.199s||1m39.404s|
|5||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||Honda||+0.007s||+0.206s||1m39.411s|
|6||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||+0.069s||+0.275s||1m39.48s|
|7||Pol Espargaró||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.033s||+0.308s||1m39.513s|
|8||Stefan Bradl||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.056s||+0.364s||1m39.569s|
|9||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||+0.05s||+0.414s||1m39.619s|
|10||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+0.074s||+0.488s||1m39.693s|
|11||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||Honda||+0.024s||+0.512s||1m39.717s|
|12||Aleix Espargaró||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+0.015s||+0.527s||1m39.732s|
|13||Johann Zarco||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+0.069s||+0.596s||1m39.801s|
|14||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+0.133s||+0.729s||1m39.934s|
|15||Joan Mir||Team Suzuki MotoGP||Suzuki||+0.017s||+0.746s||1m39.951s|
|16||Alex Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+0.054s||+0.8s||1m40.005s|
|17||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+0.025s||+0.825s||1m40.03s|
|18||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+0.418s||+1.243s||1m40.448s|
|19||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati Team||Ducati||+0.036s||+1.279s||1m40.484s|
|20||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+0.238s||+1.517s||1m40.722s|
|21||Tito Rabat||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+1.27s||+2.787s||1m41.992s|
|22||Mika Kallio||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+0.476s||+3.263s||1m42.468s|