Following the example of their lightweight class colleagues, the intermediate class were not short on drama either, with favourite Pedro Acosta taking an early tumble at turn two, before even getting a lap on the board. The Spaniard was able to rejoin and headed straight to the top of the pile with two minutes left of the session and three tenths of second’s advantage. The closet challenger was Ai Ogura, who was denied pole but still secured his best qualifying position of the season, while Celestino Vietti continued his solid run in Austria with a front row start from third.
Jake Dixon got past the disappointment of Silverstone and is back on track for victory from fourth on the grid, ahead of Somkiat Chantra and Fermín Aldeguer – the front two rows covered by over half a second. Tony Arbolino didn’t spend much time in the spotlight, but the Italian opens the third row of the grid from Albert Arenas and Manuel Gonzalez, who managed to turn his weekend around.
Aron Canet joined Acosta on the crash list early on but wasn’t as fortunate as his compatriot and dropped to 10th position, sharing fourth row with Alonso Lopez, who also took a late tumble, and Filip Salac. Zonta van den Goorbergh opens fifth row ahead of Sam Lowes, the British rider raising yellow flags in the final moments of Q2 after a crash at turn 10, and Q1 graduate Darryn Binder. The rest of the Q1 escapees make up row six, with Sergio Garcia ahead of Dennis Foggia and Lukas Tulovic, while Izan Guevara missed out on Q2 by four hundredths of a second.
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