With low track temperatures of just 14C conditions were trecherous for the MotoGP riders in final practice.
Both Stefan Bradl and Cal Crutchlow crashed in the early stages and received injuries with the German suffering a wounded ring finger and Crutchlow a severely sprained left ankle.
For Crutchlow it was a case of history repeating itself after a heavy crash in qualifying last year robbed him of the chance to race in front of his home crowd. His Tech 3 squad are said to be assessing his condition and will wait until qualifying to decide on his fitness.
Of the riders that kept the bikes upright Casey Stoner was fastest once again with the Australian comfortably ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies. The American has had a solid weekend in the dry conditions and looks much more settled on the Yamaha than he did in the early stages of the season.
Whether it will be enough for him to register a solid result remains to be seen but it has been an encouraging start to the weekend for the former World Superbike champion.
The speed of the Yamaha was once again illustrated by Andrea Dovizioso with the satellite rider fourth fastest ahead of Alvaro Bautista.
Randy de Puniet was once again the fastest CRT bike ahead of his Aspar teammate, Aleix Espargaro.