It was another hot start to the day in Qatar for the lightweight class and it was the usual names making their mark on the timesheets. The early leader was John McPhee, while he was running around with Jorge Martin, although the riders took their time in getting anywhere close to their FP1 times. The duo put a sizeable gap into the rivals from the off, with over half a second keeping them cosy at the top.
Philipp Oettl was the first man/boy to cut that gap to two tenths of a second in the final five minutes of the session, when action finally started to heat up. Soon after it was Aron Canet’s time to steal the show and the Spaniard kept top position on the timing sheets to the flag. The Estrella Galicia rider dipped into the 2:07s but with the sweltering conditions it was to be expected that the times would not come tumbling towards the best of FP2, ending up a tenth slower than FP1 – a session which took place in similar conditions.
Martin got within a tenth of his leading compatriot on his last timed lap, with Niccolo Antonelli once again showing the speed expected of him to jump into third in the session. McPhee could not improve on his early benchmark and it dropped him into fourth position, followed by Marco Bezzecchi another hundredth of a second down.
While the top five was covered by under three tenths of a second, from Oettl’s sixth position the gaps started to grow significantly. The German ended the session half a second down on Canet, with Fabio Di Giannantonio almost nine tenths slower than the leader, in seventh position. The Italian did contribute a helpful tow to Makar Yurchenko’s brief stay into fourth place and eventual drop to tenth position. Within the tenth separating the two managed to sneak in Ayumu Sasaki and Gabriel Rodrigo in eight and ninth positions, the top ten covered by one second.
FP1 leader Enea Bastianini struggled to match his own time from 24 hours ago, the Italian starting the session close to the main opposition but dropped all the way to seventeenth position by the time the countdown drew to a close.
|7||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'08.742||0.878||0.347|
|15||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'09.073||1.209||0.004|