Moto2 times were much quicker to fall than their MotoGP counterparts but the timesheets didn’t spring any major surprises. Thomas Luthi climbed to the top early on, with Takaaki Nakagami keeping close. As close as 0.012. They were undisturbed for the rest of the session, although Simone Corsi had a late attempt to overturn the hierarchy, eventually settling for third.
Forward’s Lorenzo Baldassarri was a major improver in fourth, upping his Friday time by over a second and a half and consistently threatening the top three. Jonas Folger ended up fifth while birthday boy Johann Zarco will be hoping for a better present during the qualifying session.
The changes to his Kalex came bearing gifts for Alex Rins as well, although it was an improvement of only three positions from Friday. A seventh place was probably not what the Spaniard asked for but it’s still just a tenth and a half off the leader. On the other hand, Santa didn’t reach the Federal Oil Gresini garage, Sam Lowes finishing in fifteenth, almost seven tenths off and quite unhappy about it.
Still, the scene is set nicely for a disputed qualifying session, only a second covering the top twenty-three riders, with the top six into the 1’24s.
|3||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'24.957||0.112||0.100|
|15||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||1'25.639||0.794||0.120|
|19||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||1'25.707||0.862||0.014|
|24||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||1'26.279||1.434||0.338|
|26||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'26.760||1.915||0.206|