A clear blue sky and some fewer degrees were in store for Saturday morning, as the Moto3 class started the proceedings for qualifying day. The conditions meant that many riders took their time before improving on their Friday benchmarks.
Joan Mir’s position at the top of the standings was only challenged briefly by Jorge Martin but a healthy tow every now and again meant that he quickly recovered to top the session by little over a tenth. Nicolo Bulega appears to be a serious challenger this weekend, the Italian finishing the session second, with compatriot and FP1 leader Romano Fenati right in the mix in third.
John McPhee made a very late jump into fourth position, three tenths down on the leader, with Philipp Oettl just four hundredths of a second behind him.
Jorge Martin was the first rider of the day into the 1:57s but some soft tyres and lucky slipstreams meant that his advantage of over six tenths was quickly negated by his main rivals. He failed to improve on sixth position while waving away wishful slipstreamers late in the session but the Spaniard showed solid race pace in his first runs.
Friday leader Fabio Di Giannantonio had an anonymous morning until the very last laps, when he jumped into eighth position and right behind an improved Darryn Binder, who was much closer to what we expected from him after the last few races.
|8||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'57.892||0.430||0.079|
|22||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'59.026||1.564||0.051|