Some spits of rain set the scene for the first action of the day and with the forecast looking the same for the rest of Saturday, riders perhaps begrudgingly took to the track. The lightweight class was riding in fully went conditions for the first time this weekend and the situation was complicated by different conditions in various sections of the track.
The handiest man in the wet proved to be Marco Bezzecchi, the championship leader taking charge of the session near its end and built up an advantage of almost half a second. Aron Canet was also at the top of the timesheets mid-session but eventually dropped to second, followed by another early leader in third, Darryn Binder.
Tony Arbolino also displayed his prowess for these tricky conditions and jumped into fourth position, seven tenths down on Bezzecchi. Albert Arenas followed him closely in fifth, with Fabio Di Giannantonio shining more in the wet than the dry from sixth spot. Behind the Italian, FP2 leader John McPhee and 2017 poleman Gabriel Rodrigo were separated by half a tenth.
Tatsuki Suzuki was the very first leader of the session but the SIC58 squad rider dropped back to ninth, as the final man to post a time within a second of the leader. The fastest man in the dry, Jaume Masia, completed the top ten ahead of always impressive wildcard Ai Ogura, Marcos Ramirez and Nicolo Bulega.
Enea Bastianini had a subdued start to his day in 18th position, while Jorge Martin opted to sit this one out given the risk to his recent injury and the promise of a dry race.
|6||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'44.617||0.864||0.084|
|14||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'45.300||1.547||0.225|