After the Friday washout, the paddock would have been relieved to see that a bit of mist was all they had to contend with this morning. Jorge Martin was one to welcome the dry conditions most, the Spaniard finally able and willing to run for the entire length of the session. The Gresini rider led the beginning of the session and bookended his morning by taking back the lead on his final lap in full qualifying trim. The soft tyre gave him a helping hand in getting within a tenth of a second of pole record at the track, the Spaniard sort of stealing the start on qualifying while most of his rivals were on the medium tyre.
An off-track excursion did not hinder John McPhee much either, the Scotsman chasing the Sky Racing duo on their hot laps in the final few minutes and getting a helpful tow. Having briefly held the lead, the British Talent Team rider was eventually demoted to second but McPhee and was the only rider to post a time within a second of the lead Spaniard.
Not one to need a risk at the moment, Joan Mir had a cautious start to his day towards the bottom of the timesheets until the final five minutes. The world championship leader might have left it late but he was no slouch, leading before getting pushed down to third position.
After showing decent speed the previous day, Nicolo Bulega benefited from a drier cleaner track to pick up some more speed and be the first rider of the day to beat Canet’s Friday benchmark halfway through the session. Of course the achievement did not last but the Italian would have been satisfied with a fourth place, only a tenth behind Mir. Ayumu Sasaki was not far behind either, only two hundredths of a second separating him from the Italian ahead. And talking of Italians, Dennis Foggia continued his impressive showing with a sixth place in the fully dry session, only three tenths off the top were it not for Martin’s blistering last lap.
Despite the massive nine tenths chasm behind Martin, positions seven to twelve were separated by mere hundredths of a second, starting with compatriots Marcos Ramirez and Juanfran Guevara, who had a much better time in the dry than on Friday. An Italian duo completed the top ten, with Fabio di Giannantonio ninth and Enea Bastianini tenth.
Seemingly working on race pace on Friday, Romano Fenati started the day on used tyres and left it late to take on new rubber. The Italian posted a few fast laps but his final hot lap was hindered by a mechanical after starting the lap with a red sector. That dropped him down to eleventh position by the end of the session.
Friday leader Aron Canet had an even less fortunate morning, the Spaniard’s cold rear tyre spitting him off the bike in the final minutes of the session and sending him towards the medical centre in a bit of pain. The misfortune saw his pushed down all the way to sixteenth position.
|9||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'59.222||1.389||0.048|
|20||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||2'00.089||2.256||0.020|