Another chilly but clear morning in Le Mans sparked a bit of a surprise for the lightweight class. In a familiar story, Fabio Di Giannantonio spent most of the morning at the top of the timing sheets but in more unexpected fashion, Marcos Ramirez stole the limelight at the very last minute. The Spaniard clearly got a boost from his inherited podium in Jerez and went on to post the fastest time of the weekend, under the circuit’s lap record.
He was not the only one to do so, with a handful of riders bettering that performance, including FP2 headliner Niccolo Antonelli, only three hundredths of a second slower than the leader. Gabriel Rodrigo was another of the fast men, the RBA rider showing strong pace in these cooler conditions as he was battling traffic.
Aron Canet kept himself at the business end of proceedings in fourth position, ahead of another usual contender, Enea Bastianini. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi also kept close to his main challengers by finishing sixth, three tenths down on Ramirez.
John McPhee made a late jump into seventh position, followed by an increasingly consistent Tatsuki Suzuki and a rodeo ride from Jaume Masia. Kazuki Masaki also impressed by closing the top ten.
The rest of the regulars, including Jorge Martin in 11th spot and Di Giannantonio in 12th, have struggled to improve in the final time attack and saw their names drop down the timesheets, six tenths down on the leader. Nonetheless, the gaps in the field did not look too dramatic, one second covering the top 23 riders.
|12||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'42.802||0.691||0.011|
|13||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'42.866||0.755||0.064|