The clouds that threatened the final practice session had scattered by the time the lightweight class started to fight for pole position but the gift was short-lived and the men who failed to show their hand from the off were in a hurry to make up for it as rain flags appeared halfway through qualifying. Fabio Di Giannantonio enjoyed the early conditions the most to lead the way with the first somewhat modest benchmark of the session and looked secure in pole position as the final 20 minutes looked lost to the rain. His luck turned as the watershed stopped in the final couple of minutes and the surface dried exceptionally quick, allowing them all one more shot at pole.
It all came down to one final flying lap in a massive group that was linking red sectors as the checkered flag waved. The ultimate winner was, once again, Jorge Martin, the Spaniard unstoppable over one lap and earning his 16th Tissot watch. Jaume Masia missed out on pole position by a painful thousandth of a second and will start the race from the middle of the first row. Lorenzo Dalla Porta was also in the mix right to the end and scored his first front row start from third grid position and only two hundredths of a second slower than Martin.
Albert Arenas was best of the rest in fourth, while Di Giannantonio failed to improve in the final run and dropped to an ultimately disappointing fifth spot. Tatsuki Suzuki completed row two, half a second off pole. Gabriel Rodrigo was on provisional front row before the final charge but the RBA rider was the first victim of the drying track and could not improve on seventh place, being joined on two three by the Italian duo of Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega.
After a good showing in practice, Marcos Ramirez opens row four, ahead of championship leader Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian looking like a threat for pole until he tipped over in turn nine as he was mounting one final attack. Niccolo Antonelli narrowly escaped injury after an incident during the rain flags and recovered to finish 12th.
If Di Giannantonio’s position was down to his failure to improve and Bezzecchi’s to a late mistake, Aron Canet had even more reason to be upset. The Spaniard missed out on the final shootout as he opted to scrub off a set of rain tyres instead, with tomorrow’s race forecast in mind and he dropped from fourth all the way into 13th grid position, ahead of a pretty anonymous Philipp Oettl.
|3||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'13.313||0.021||0.020|
|5||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'13.574||0.282||0.131|