It was showtime for the lightweight class at the Sachsenring and the stage was set with hot tarmac under bright sunshine. The first protagonist was once again Jorge Martin, the pole expert three tenths ahead of the field after the first run. The only real action for the first half of the session were some early tumbles for Marco Bezzecchi in turn three and Lorenzo Dalla Porta in the first turn.
The action only heated up in the final five minutes but it was Martin who turned the timesheets red once again by extending his lead to nearly half a second. That was the challenge set for the rest of the field and Enea Bastianini was no slouch, although the Italian immediately lost out to Marcos Ramirez, who was strategically placed in his slipstream once they reached the finish line. The duo got as close as six hundredths of a second of Martin but in the end it was the Gresini rider who lined up to get another Tissot and will start his charge for victory from pole position.
With Ramirez and Bastianini completing the front row, Jaume Masia was best of the rest despite a hefty crash earlier in the day. The Spaniard will be joined on row two by compatriot Aron Canet, who lost a bit of momentum – first with a crash and then squabbling with Lorenzo Dalla Porta for track position – and Tony Arbolino, the young Italian only three tenths down on pole.
Marco Bezzecchi dusted himself off from his early tumble to finish seventh and was joined by John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki in the third row line-up. Fabio Di Giannantonio recovered enough ground after a disastrous FP3 to climb onto row four, ahead of Albert Arenas and Gabriel Rodrigo.
With the top 21 riders covered by one second, the one to draw the short straw was once again Nicolo Bulega, the Sky rider starting from 23rd on the grid.
|10||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'26.891||0.457||0.064|
|16||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'27.199||0.765||0.038|