Clear skies finally graced the proceedings in Mugello on Saturday afternoon, as the Moto3 class was preparing to do battle and what a battle it was. In a very familiar sight, Fabio Di Giannantonio featured at the top of the timesheets for a long time throughout the session but was unequivocally beaten at the post by teammate Jorge Martin. The Spaniard already got close to the pole record on his first attack but it was his final lap who sealed yet another pole position for the undisputed watch collector of Moto3.
The lightweight class left it as late as the final four minutes for the final showdown to unfold, leaving most riders with two odd laps to make a difference. Martin showed his cards first by improving his time at the front and consolidating pole position while not quite improving the fastest lap around Mugello. If the pole man was hardly surprising, he will find himself in new company. Tatsuki Suzuki placed himself in second position with the aid of a slipstream halfway through the session and held on to that spot to the flag. Ayumu Sasaki on the other hand, waited until the very last lap to jump into third after a tricky Saturday which saw him involved in all sorts of incidents. The two Japanese riders will line up on the front row of the grid for the very first time.
Aron Canet played it safe this weekend and kept himself out of trouble as he popped up in fourth position. The championship leader will start fifth, Marco Bezzecchi one of several riders who failed to improve on his final time attack. Despite his early heroics Di Giannantonio was once again bumped down to sixth.
In the midst of slipstream city, Niccolo Antonelli actually did it all on his own to place himself on the third row of the grid, ahead of a consistently (while also surprisingly) fast Adam Norrodin and Marcos Ramirez.
With fourth row occupied by Kaito Toba, Kazuki Masaki and Gabriel Rodrigo, the improvements the Leopard team found in FP3 were nowhere to be seen one session later, Enea Bastianini unable to do any better than 14, in the middle of fifth row, in between Jaume Masia and Andrea Migno. Encouragingly, Nicolo Bulega was as high as sixth position at one point, before getting pushed back ten places.
|6||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'56.905||0.271||0.030|
|17||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'57.572||0.938||0.030|