In the absence of the championship leader, many contenders came to the fore to share the spoils in Brno and the still acceptable temperatures helped their cause in the morning session. The lightweight class riders improved their Friday benchmarks from the word go and the ultimate victor of the final practice session was Gabriel Rodrigo. The RBA racer’s morning was not without incident as Rodrigo was pouring gravel out of his fairing halfway through the session but eventually recovered to lead the field.
Local favourite Jakub Kornfeil got as close as seven hundredths of a second from stealing the headlines but managed to keep second position ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio. Positions four to six were covered by less than three hundredths of a second, with Lorenzo Dalla Porta leading the way for Albert Arenas and Nicolo Bulega.
Aron Canet was an early leader of the session but the Spaniard failed to improve in the final shootout and dropped down to seventh spot, in familiar company from Enea Bastianini, both riders over half a second off Rodrigo’s time.
Ayumu Sasaki and Jaume Masia completed the top ten, while the top 16 riders were covered by one second. The one significant name who was not in that mix was Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian dropping all the way back to 23rd position.
|3||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'08.504||0.389||0.315|
|4||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'08.565||0.450||0.061|