The rain that invaded the rest of the FP1 sessions seemed determined to cause even more trouble for the intermediate class, the puddles growing and the slides worsening. While that was apparent on the broadcast, no one sent the memo to Hafizh Syahrin, the Malaysian rider stealing the spotlight for the first half of the session. His first real rival was Alex Marquez, the recuperated Spaniard sneaking ahead by the narrowest of gaps, before teammate Franco Morbidelli decided to ignore the sensible advice of his boss to go four tenths faster all the while twitching here and there.
Syahrin recovered his prime position on his second outing but after finding two tenths on his rivals, the Malaysian slid out in turn three. Tom Luthi spent most of the session as the final man within a second of the leader but he ditched that status in the final five minutes to move to the top of the timesheets and demote Syahrin. The Swiss rider’s stint at the top was only brief, Marquez promptly putting nearly half a second between himself and the field.
The gap at the top was maintained to the flag and Marquez was followed by Luthi and Syahrin. Pecco Bagnaia left it very late, only making the jump into fourth place on his final lap of the session. Championship leader Morbidelli dropped back to fifth position and was the last man to post a time within a second of the leader.
Much like Bagnaia, Dominique Aegerter was also on the anonymous side throughout the session but eventually swam back into sixth and narrowly outpaced Sandro Cortese and Stefano Manzi. The top ten was completed by a slightly struggling Miguel Oliveira in ninth and Jorge Navarro in tenth, the Spaniard adding his own action footage to the highlights reel headlined by Manzi.
Mattia Pasini was hindered by the conditions a little more than his rivals, the Italian looking a bit lost in the final position before climbing into seventeenth place.
|14||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||2'07.678||2.218||0.066|
|16||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||2'07.791||2.331||0.041|
|21||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||2'08.408||2.948||0.032|
|29||37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||2'09.067||3.607||0.006|
|31||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||2'09.836||4.376||0.300|