The lightweight class dodged the threat of rain for their second practice session and even enjoyed a few extra degrees in temperature. Less enjoyable was the wind that picked up slightly, but with the prospect of rain on Saturday, the Moto3 riders had to make the most of their time on track today.
Championship leader Joan Mir led the first half of the session, before a mid-session lull set in. That period was only brief, Aron Canet breaking the silence before some of the usual contenders challenged Mir’s time.
Despite several cancelled laps for adventures outside track limits, Jorge Martin reminded us that he’s the one-lap expert in the field, the Spaniard posting the fastest time just as a few drops of rain decided to fall in the final two minutes.
Canet also saw his name at the top of the timesheets but it was rather brief, until Race Direction saw him completely cutting across the final chicane. Nonetheless, a second position less than two tenths down on Martin was good enough.
Mir dropped back to third spot, a little over half a second down on Martin. Fabio di Giannantonio was a welcome improver, the Italian making the jump from outside the top twenty in the first half of the session up to fourth position in the end.
Marcos Ramirez carried the flag for the Platinum Bay Real Estate team this time around in fifth, followed by Assen enthusiast Enea Bastianini in sixth. Romano Fenati sneaked between some irregular top ten features, Ayumu Sasaki and Jules Danilo in seventh, respectively ninth. The top ten was completed by home favourite, Bo Bendsneyder.
John McPhee, Nicolo Bulega, Niccolo Antonelli, Juanfran Guevara and Andrea Migno were, uncharacteristically, outside the top twenty.
|4||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'42.961||0.547||0.042|
|27||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'44.330||1.916||0.085|
|32||28||Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT||KTM||1'48.156||5.742||2.122|