Cold, dark and humid – isn’t France lovely? The endless talk about weather in Le Mans doesn’t look like ending anytime soon, with a damp circuit waiting for the lightweight class in the third practice session.
The Italian brigade attacked the top of the timesheets from the start, with Marco Bezzecchi, Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Dalla Porta holding the lead temporarily, while the likes of Joan Mir and Jorge Martin were sitting comfortably in their garages waiting for the track to dry.
Antonelli was the first rider to set a time faster than the benchmark set on Friday by Adam Norrodin, the Italian putting his name at the top of the timesheets for most of the session, before Nicolo Bulega took over with three minutes left of FP3.
Another Italian sneaked into second position, Dalla Porta over two tenths slower than Bulega. Albert Arenas was a further tenth down in third spot, with the pleasant surprise of Manuel Pagliani in fourth.
The final Spaniard in the top ten was Aron Canet in fifth position, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider followed by Antonelli, much-debated wildcard Danny Kent and an impressive Nakarin Atiratphuvapat occupying eight position after featuring heavily at the top of the standings all throughout FP3.
Joan Mir finished thirteenth, with Jorge Martin twenty-sixth, the two riders only putting in a handful of laps towards the end of the session. Romano Fenati was a little more prolific in terms of quantity of laps but he still finished twenty-second and over four tenths faster than John McPhee, the Scotsman still struggling down in twenty-fifth position.
Gabriel Rodrigo has been declared unfit for the rest of the weekend after crashing on Friday and damaging his recently operated collarbone.
|2||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'50.424||0.249||0.249|
|20||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'52.604||2.429||0.030|