With four consecutive podiums in the last races, Franco Morbidelli seemed to have gotten a taste for top positions, the Estrella Galicia rider being the first leader of the session. Just as Jonas Folger took over at the top of the pack, a red flag popped up with thirty-seven minutes to go, due to some fluid spilling in turn fourteen following a crash for Takaaki Nakagami. It was a rough morning for Nakagami, the Japanese rider having a few moments before the bike finally threw him off.
After the session was resumed, Thomas Luthi looked like threatening Folger’s position, getting as close as a tenth of a second before putting in a fast set of laps at the end to grab the top position. Folger lost second position too as Simone Corsi sneaked ahead of him in the final minutes.
Sam Lowes had a steady start, finding his feet outside the top five for much of the session, but eventually he proved to be one of the first real challengers to Folger’s position. The Brit led briefly but had to settle for fourth, a tenth of a second keeping him in front of Mattia Pasini and Morbidelli, with Sandro Cortese in close pursuit in seventh position.
World champion Johann Zarco wasn’t in a hurry this morning, the Frenchman down in eight and not offering any noteworthy moments. Similarly, Alex Rins was once again outside of the top ten, in twelfth position, the Spanish rider seeming to continue a rather disappointing run of events.
|2||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'35.636||0.123||0.123|
|9||19||Xavier SIMEON||Speed Up||1'36.157||0.644||0.029|
|13||60||Julian SIMON||Speed Up||1'36.256||0.743||0.015|
|14||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'36.274||0.761||0.018|
|23||32||Isaac VIÑALES||Tech 3||1'36.828||1.315||0.213|