You’ve heard this all weekend but it does bear repeating just how hot the conditions were for the start of the qualifying sessions in Germany with 31 degrees air temperature and significantly more on the asphalt. The less pleasant surprises started as early as Q1 but the most pleasant of them was seeing Filip Salac take his very first pole position in the lightweight class. The Czech rider took control of the session after the first run, with the only 1:26 time of the afternoon, and rivals struggled to match it for the remainder of Q2. Dennis Foggia came closest, nearly two tenths behind the poleman and they will be joined by Tatsuki Suzuki on the front row of the grid.
John McPhee opens row two ahead of Kaito Toba, although the Japanese rider was taken to the medical centre after he suffered a crash at the end of the session, so it remains unclear if he will be fit to race on Sunday. Rookie Lorenzo Fellon continued to impress by securing his best qualifying position in sixth place, while class veteran Niccolò Antonelli was seventh. The Italian will share the third row of the grid with compatriots Romano Fenati and Stefano Nepa.
Andrea Migno had to watch his teammate grab pole, while the best he could do was 10th on the grid and seven tenths slower than Salac. After navigating his way out of Q1 on his lonesome, Deniz Öncü crashed before setting a time in Q2 but was able to rejoin and secure a fourth row start ahead of rookie Izan Guevara. Pedro Acosta had a costly twitch on the final flying lap, which left him 13th, but ahead of title rival Serio Garcia and compatriot Xavier Artigas.
Row five will be made up of Q1 graduates Yuki Kunii, Jaume Masia and Darryn Binder and while the first two have only their performance to blame for those positions, Binder had topped Q1 but tangled with Joel Kelso in the closing stages of the session and was found to be the guilty party, which led to being black flagged from Q2. Gabriel Rodrigo was back in action in Q1, after his FP3 crash and it looked like he had the speed for Q2 but a mistake at turn 8 on his final flying lap left him 19th on the grid, ahead of teammate Jeremy Alcoba.
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