Viñales waited for a while to leave pit lane, eager to find some clear space on track. When he found it he put it to good use, setting a 1’39.835s for second place on his very first hot lap. He improved his time on his next try, but not his placement, and was in fifth when he headed into the pits with seven minutes remaining.
A little more than a minute later he went back to business. He moved up to third position on his next attempt, with a 1’39.145s, but was pushed down to fourth as the pace quickened in the final stages. Knowing that every tenth of a second matters in MotoGP, he kept pushing hard but remained in fourth place, 0.465s from pole.
Rossi was quick to head out on track for the 15-minute shoot-out. He needed a little time to find riding space in the traffic on track but managed to find a gap. On his second flying lap he produced a 1’39.278s for provisional second place, before heading back to the box.
He had a 0.392s gap to first to close, and with nearly six minutes of the session left on the clock he was hankering to get to work. The Doctor was on a hot lap soon, but had to abort his mission as he was being followed by a rival. He improved his time to a 1’39.266s on his next try, but didn’t better his ranking. He was in seventh position and only had time for one more go. Pushing hard, he rode a personal best in sector one, but a wobble made it impossible for him to set a faster lap time. He ended the day in seventh place, 0.586s from first.