As is always the case in Free Practice 3, the top ten riders for Q2 were decided by virtue of their combined best lap times since the start of Friday. Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) posted his personal best this morning, reducing the overall leading pace to 2’02.485 on his first premier class visit to Silverstone. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo – who had been fastest on Friday – was demoted to second, one and a half tenths down, with LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl third and just 19 thousandths in arrears of the reigning World Champion.
Fourth was GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, who had taken pole at Silverstone last year, whereas Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa was fifth but the only rider in the combined top ten to have delivered his best lap on Friday. Sixth was Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, with the top ten being completed by Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow and Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro (CRT leader).