The second day for the lightweight class to explore the new playground at their disposal brought them up to speed straight away, sending Friday’s benchmark out the window in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio di Giannantonio was the first man to dip into the 1:42s and the Italian kept showing the way throughout proceedings, one and a half tenths ahead of the opposition. The Italian doubled that advantage – impressively while running on his own and with no slipstream opportunities – on his final outing. His rivals fought back to regain some of that time but Di Giannantonio successfully defended position and went a full second faster than Friday’s fastest time.
Gabriel Rodrigo was best of the rest in runner up position, only half a tenth ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki. Tony Arbolino and Friday leader Jakub Kornfeil finished their morning within three tenths of a second of the lead, while Marcos Ramirez, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, Enea Bastianini and Darryn Binder also took the checkered flag within half a second of Di Giannantonio.
Title contender Marco Bezzecchi was thereabouts in tenth position, ahead of a lucky to even get another outing in Thailand John McPhee. Rival Jorge Martin took little time to rectify his lowly Friday ranking and circulated into the top ten until the final time attack, which pushed the championship leader over a second back and into 24th position, the Spaniard seemingly missing out on track time late in the session.
|1||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'42.440|
|28||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'43.758||1.318||0.008|