Jorge Lorenzo threw down the gauntlet to his Honda rivals by setting the fastest time of the weekend on Saturday morning at the Sachsenring. The World Champion was setting a consistent pace early in the session, lapping comfortably in the mid-1:22s before improving to a 1:22.112 with a minute to go.

The pacesetter on Friday, Marco Simoncelli moved straight to the top of the timesheets when the session got underway, but Dani Pedrosa reproduced some of his best form to go 0.006s quicker than the Italian with a quarter of an hour to go.

Moments later, Simoncelli was setting personal best sector times in reply but the San Carlo Gresini rider joined the list of big names to crash at turn 11, effectively ending his session.

This opened the path for Lorenzo to go quickest with Pedrosa and Simoncelli completing the top three. Casey Stoner remained slightly off the pace in fourth with Andrea Dovizioso right on his tail in fifth on the third Repsol Honda.

Nicky Hayden's promising weekend continued with sixth place on the GP11 Ducati, lapping within a tenth of a second of the two Repsol Hondas directly ahead of him. Alvaro Bautista was similarly impressive on the Rizla Suzuki, closing to within half a second of the leaders.

Ben Spies was eighth on the second factory Yamaha while Randy de Puniet finished in the top ten once again as Pramac Ducati's strong weekend continued. The same can't be said for Monster Yamaha Tech3 though, with Colin Edwards only managing tenth and Cal Crutchlow 13th as they continued to struggle with a lack of grip.

Between them was a pair of Ducatis, both experiencing very different challenges. Czech rookie Karel Abraham took 11th on his privateer machine while Valentino Rossi battled his way to 12th on the factory GP11.1.

Hiroshi Aoyama ended the morning in 14th ahead of Hector Barbera who despite finishing down in 15th, was just 1.281s off the pace. Toni Elias and Sylvain Guintoli brought up the rear in 16th and 17th respectively.


Free Practice 3 Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 1:22.112
2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.041
3 Marco Simoncelli ITA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +0.047
4 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.274
5 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Honda Repsol Honda Team +0.329
6 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team +0.388
7 Alvaro Bautista SPA Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +0.482
8 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing +0.660
9 Randy de Puniet FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +0.729
10 Colin Edwards USA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.006
11 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing +1.156
12 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team +1.167
13 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.184
14 Hiroshi Aoyama JAP Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini +1.250
15 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP +1.281
16 Toni Elias SPA Honda LCR Honda MotoGP +2.134
17 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Ducati Pramac Racing Team +3.863