Whilst Jorge Martin was getting out of surgery for his fractured left wrist, the vultures were ready to pounce on his championship lead back in Brno and in the early stages, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Aron Canet looked like the prime candidates for pole.
If the session started with predictable protagonists on the timesheets before the calm preceding the storm set in, it ended with a massive blunder from most of the field, who left it extremely late to leave the pits for a final time attack, played cat and mouse looking for a slipstream and saw the checkered flag come out before crossing the line for a flying lap. The few riders who judged it to perfection and were able to actually post a time were led by Jakub Kornfeil, the local boy delighting the stands with his first ever pole position in the class.
John McPhee was hot on the Czech rider’s tail as they crossed the line and ended up second on the grid, four tenths behind the surprise poleman. Marcos Ramirez grabbed an opportunistic but well deserved front row start from third position, while Philipp Oettl missed out on that achievement by two hundredths of a second.
Di Giannantonio had to rely on his early benchmark as he was the first of the bunch to miss out on the final time attack and dropped back to fifth, ahead of Aron Canet, who was in pretty much the same boat. Last year’s poleman and FP3 leader Gabriel Rodrigo dropped to third row following the mishap and will start ahead of Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Niccolo Antonelli.
Enea Bastianini had to settle for row four, together with Jaume Masia and Kazuki Masaki, while current championship runner-up Marco Bezzecchi will have to battle through from 14th grid position.
|5||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'08.473||0.492||0.028|
|17||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'09.524||1.543||0.030|