The lightweight class was left with a new challenge for Saturday after the Safety Commission decided to revert to the F1 layout used last year for the final chicane; which didn’t change much for the Moto3 teams, other than some extra information from 2016 and some track limits infringements while the riders were getting (re)acquainted with the right way around.
The usual hierarchy wasn’t disturbed either, familiar suspects trading the lead throughout the session, first Joan Mir, then Romano Fenati and finally Jorge Martin occupying the top on the timesheets until the qualifying dummy run started in the final five minutes. Then it was Estrella Galicia’s time to shine, Aron Canet putting in a late lap and a nice save to top another session in Catalunya.
Teammate Enea Bastianini made the most out of his experience around the circuit, and grabbed second position, barely three hundredths of a second keeping him behind the man sharing his garage. Mir was also within a second of the leader, in third spot.
Martin looked like he would claim the top position before making a series of mistakes on his final laps, which saw him settle for fourth. John McPhee found some pace to place fifth. Niccolo Antonelli in sixth and as high as second at one point was a welcome sight, especially for Aki Ajo, while Fenati dropped to seventh.
Nicolo Bulega and Fabio Di Giannantonio looked to have lost some speed overnight, the Italian duo spending all session towards the end of the top ten, Bulega finishing ninth behind Gabriel Rodrigo, while Di Giannantonio could not do better than twelfth, over a second down on the leader.
Junafran Guevara had been leading the session early on but slid out on his final fast run and dropped down to fifteenth place.
|12||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'54.995||1.029||0.057|
|20||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'55.188||1.222||0.012|