Petronas Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli was ahead in the hot FP3 session on Saturday afternoon, but at the Q2 GP, the Friday times decided on the direct Q2 entry.
As a reminder: The last two places for the crucial second qualifying session will be allocated in Q1, which will start at 8 p.m. local time (6 p.m. CET).
For Friday’s fastest Miller (Ducati), FP3 started with a fall at Turn 15, but he quickly got up again. He was also able to comfort himself with an official top speed record in Losail: 356.4 km / h. On Friday, Pramac rookie Jorge Martin cracked the 354 km / h for the first time as part of a GP weekend in Qatar.
After 15 minutes, Franco Morbidelli was ahead in 1: 55.124 minutes. The Petronas Yamaha rider was 1.7 seconds slower than Miller on Friday (1: 53.387 min). Behind them were the Yamaha factory riders Viñales and Quartararo as well as Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Miguel Oliveira (KTM).
At times there was little traffic on the track because the conditions in the afternoon session were simply too far removed from what the MotoGP aces will expect in qualifying or the first floodlit race of the season.
The Yamaha riders seemed to feel comfortable in high temperatures and on hard tires: Quartararo took over from Morbidelli in 1: 55.070 min at the top of the FP3 classification, when the clock was still 20 minutes.
In the last five minutes, Morbidelli screwed the fastest time down to a 1: 54.676 min. Defending champion Joan Mir and Tech3-KTM newcomer Danilo Petrucci temporarily moved up into the top 5 of FP3, but were then ousted by rookie Luca Marini (2nd) and Aprilia factory rider Aleix Espargaró (3rd).
Marinis Avintia team-mate Enea Bastianini, however, had a technical problem. Aleix Espargaró then stayed in second of the session under 1:55 min, but fell in the finish on turn 6.
Márquez substitute Stefan Bradl finished the third free practice session in ninth place, but as expected there were no improvements in the combined timesheet compared to Friday evening.
Qatar GP, MotoGP, combined timesheet according to FP3, March 27th:
1. Miller, Ducati, 1: 53,387 min
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.035 sec
3. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.188
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.199
5. Rins, Suzuki, + 0,236
6. Viñales, Yamaha, + 0,252
7. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 0.289
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.340
9.Rossi, Yamaha, + 0.487
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.514
11. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.527
12. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.728
13. Martin, Ducati, +0,791
14. Nakagami, Honda, + 0,812
15. Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.841
16. Binder, KTM, + 0.984
17. Marini, Ducati, + 1.045
18.Bradl, Honda, +1,247
19. Oliveira, KTM, + 1,369
20. Petrucci, KTM, + 1.387
21. Lecuona, KTM, + 1,711
22. Savadori, Aprilia, + 2,287
Qatar GP, MotoGP, FP3, March 27:
1. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 54,676 min
2. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.165 sec
3. Marini, Ducati, + 0.179
4. Rins, Suzuki, + 0,238
5. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.394
6. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.401
7. Nakagami, Honda, + 0,409
8. Vinales, Yamaha, + 0.427
9.Bradl, Honda, + .531
10. Oliveira, KTM, + 0.585
11. Petrucci, KTM, + 0.690
12. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.841
13. Martin, Ducati, + 1,028
14. Bastianini, Ducati, + 1,108
15. Miller, Ducati, + 1,115
16.Rossi, Yamaha, + 1,158
17. Pol Espargaro, Honda, + 1,240
18. Lecuona, KTM, + 1,247
19. Binder, KTM, + 1,302
20. Savadori, Aprilia, + 1,320
21. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 1,490
22. Zarco, Ducati, + 1,977