The session got underway an hour later than originally planned over safety concerns about the cold temperatures, though the conditions meant laptime improvements on the combined timesheets few and far between for much of the 45 minutes.
The only improvement on the combined order in the early stages came from LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami, who went top in FP3 and up to seventh overall with a 1m48.710s.
Bagnaia’s fellow Ducati rider Dovizioso was caught out by the conditions at the right-hand Turn 6 and crashing with 18 minutes to go.
More drama would strike another title contender, as Quartararo was flicked from his Petronas SRT Yamaha at Turn 14.
Quartararo had to be stretchered off track before being taken to the medical centre for a check-up. However, a Petronas team spokesperson confirmed that X-rays showed Quartararo had no broken bones despite pain in his hip.
Pramac’s Jack Miller had managed a lap good enough for sixth, but had it cancelled for a yellow flag infringement, which dropped him back down to 17th with just a few moments to go.
Maverick Vinales’ Friday benchmark of 1m47.771s went unchallenged on the combined order, though Morbidelli cut his advantage to just 0.088 seconds to move up to second overall and ended FP3 fastest.
Despite his crash, Quartararo still holds a place in Q2 in third, while LCR’s Cal Crutchlow leapt to fourth overall and second in the session late on with a 1m48.314s.
Nakagami, the second Suzuki of Alex Rins and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro rounded out the final Q2 places on the combined order.
Session results (FP3 only):
|1||21|| Franco Morbidelli ||Yamaha||1'47.859|
|2||35|| Cal Crutchlow ||Honda||1'48.314||0.455|
|3||44|| Pol Espargaro ||KTM||1'48.319||0.460|
|4||36|| Joan Mir ||Suzuki||1'48.322||0.463|
|5||73|| Alex Marquez ||Honda||1'48.403||0.544|
|6||30|| Takaaki Nakagami ||Honda||1'48.374||0.515|
|7||42|| Alex Rins ||Suzuki||1'48.633||0.774|
|8||41|| Aleix Espargaro ||Aprilia||1'48.653||0.794|
|9||88|| Miguel Oliveira ||KTM||1'48.754||0.895|
|10||33|| Brad Binder ||KTM||1'48.837||0.978|
|11||4|| Andrea Dovizioso ||Ducati||1'48.900||1.041|
|12||12|| Maverick Viñales ||Yamaha||1'48.912||1.053|
|13||63|| Francesco Bagnaia ||Ducati||1'48.953||1.094|
|14||9|| Danilo Petrucci ||Ducati||1'49.074||1.215|
|15||20|| Fabio Quartararo ||Yamaha||1'49.106||1.247|
|16||27|| Iker Lecuona ||KTM||1'49.203||1.344|
|17||6|| Stefan Bradl ||Honda||1'49.244||1.385|
|18||53|| Tito Rabat ||Ducati||1'49.283||1.424|
|19||38|| Bradley Smith ||Aprilia||1'49.368||1.509|
|20||43|| Jack Miller ||Ducati||1'48.576||0.717|
|21||5|| Johann Zarco ||Ducati||1'49.910||2.051|
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