No sign of the rain that soaked things up earlier in the morning and the familiar clouds gave way to bright sunshine by the time the lightweight class went out to play. After missing the trip to Thailand due to being convalescent, Aron Canet was back in action and went all in, crashing out in turn nine right after jumping to the top of the timesheets ten minutes into the session. The final five minutes changed the narrative and late attacks brought Jakub Kornfeil to the limelight, the Czech rider keeping the lead of the first practice session until the checkered flag came out.
Canet was resigned to second position only a tenth of a second slower than the PruestelGP rider and another two tenths faster than Enea Bastianini. The Italian was accompanied by Leopard Racing teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta, while John McPhee made a welcome appreance in the top five and championship challenger Marco Bezzecchi was the final rider within half a second of the leader.
Philipp Oettl was six tenths down on Kornfeil as he rushed into the top seven position late in the session. Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino failed to improve in the final charge and saved eighth with his early benchmark. Marcos Ramirez and Albert Arenas rounded out the top ten, seven tenths off the lead and the final two men within a second of the man showing the way.
Jorge Martin seemed to have largely recovered from the arm issues from Thailand although you wouldn’t necessarily think so while looking at the timesheets, the Spaniard 16th after failing to improve late in the session. Still, he was in fine company with the likes of Gabriel Rodrigo 15th and Fabio Di Giannantonio 18th.
|4||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'58.190||0.450||0.114|
|18||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'59.123||1.383||0.020|