Dani Pedrosa put on a late surge in the final free practice session ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session in Assen.
The Repsol Honda rider left it until his last lap and the dying seconds of the hour-long session to grab the top spot from surprise previous leader Randy de Puniet.
De Puniet had looked like taking the lead time of the morning on his LCR Honda with a 1:39.858, but Pedrosa’s last lap saw him record a 1:39.050.
Britain’s James Toseland had a more productive morning finishing fourth on the timsesheets. Although he was 2.5secs off his best time from yesterday he managed to get 18 laps under his belt and was second twice in the session, finishing with a best time of 1:40.331 on the Tech 3 Yamaha.
Ducati’s Casey Stoner was the lead man of the session and it had looked as if his dominance would continue from yesterday. But the Aussie finished the session fifth with a best time of 1:41.088.
Assen MotoGP free practice three results:
1 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'39.050
2 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1'39.858
3 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'40.094
4 James TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha YAMAHA 1'40.331
5 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 1'41.088
6 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1'41.203
7 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'41.512
8 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team DUCATI 1'41.852
9 Chris VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1'42.415
10 Anthony WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 1'42.471
11 John HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team KAWASAKI 1'42.535
12 Toni ELIAS SPA Alice Team DUCATI 1'42.718
13 Marco MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team DUCATI 1'43.043
14 Shinya NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1'43.249
15 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team YAMAHA 1'43.635
16 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP HONDA 1'44.094
17 Colin EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha YAMAHA 1'46.533