In beautiful Spanish sunshine and with a nicely prepped surface, the intermediate class had a carefree session as several contenders presented themselves at the top of the timesheets, only three tenths off the circuit record by the end of proceedings. Some of the early leaders included Mattia Pasini and last year’s victor Alex Marquez but the first to make it stick and hold the lead for much of the session was the ever more impressive Iker Lecuona. The Spaniard was dethroned by teammate Sam Lowes with fifteen minutes left of the session but it was eventually Pecco Bagnaia who snatched top spot and triggered the final time attack.
Rather than being challenged at the top, the Italian consolidated his lead ahead of Lowes by nearly two tenths of a second. A more unusual name grabbed third at the flag, Romano Fenati consistently in the top ten throughout the morning session.
Alex Marquez was another consistent performer in fourth position, over three tenths down on Bagnaia. Miguel Oliveira left it late to make his mark but the Portuguese rider joined the party in fifth position.
Joan Mir continued his rapid progress with sixth spot in FP1, four tenths down on the leader and with Lecuona, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder completing the top ten all within a tenth of a second of the Moto3 champion. Early leader Pasini dropped back to eleventh, while the likes of Xavi Vierge and Luca Marini were left with a bit more work to do further down the timesheets.
|12||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'43.502||0.666||0.058|
|13||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'43.570||0.734||0.068|
|15||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'43.693||0.857||0.021|
|22||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'43.881||1.045||0.010|
|31||14||Hector GARZO||Tech 3||1'45.990||3.154||0.094|