With some clouds looking to make a comeback, the intermediate class was in a sensible rush to post their best times early on. At least Dominique Aegerter and Mattia Pasini were, the two riders the lead contenders for the early part of the session, while the championship contenders were guarding the bottom of the top 15. Despite persistent attempts from Marcel Schrotter to demote Pasini, the Italian had those extra two tenths in hand all throughout. While the Italtrans rider was metaphorically licking his wounds from a late crash in turn four in the final five minutes, he watched from the box as his eighth pole position in the class was secured and presumably a turn in fortunes for Pasini after a difficult run of races.
Schrotter got within three tenths of a second of pole but never promised more than that, while Xavi Vierge completes the front row of the grid with quietly impressive and consistent times. Aegerter looked like a threat in the late part of the session as well but all the gains in the first two sectors were lost in the final ones and the Swiss rider settled for fourth. The KTMs looked to be struggling early on but Brad Binder turned it around with fifth position, sharing row two with Fabio Quartararo.
Much like Binder and unlike their teammates, Luca Marini made a late jump up the timesheets to snatch seventh position on row three. Iker Lecuona joins the Italian despite failing to improve on his early benchmark due to a late crash. There was more misfortune to hit Alex Marquez as the Spaniard had an unlucky tangle with Steven Odendaal that saw him sliding through the grass at turn nine barely ten minutes into the session. The team got the bike ready in quick time but Marquez did not go back out as a precaution after taking a knock to the head in the incident and reportedly not recalling the incident. The Spaniard was running fourth at the time and only dropped to ninth position come the checkered flag.
Jesko Raffin rounded out the top ten and headed row four ahead of Lorenzo Balddassarri and Jorge Navarro, with Augusto Fernandez, Joan Mir and Remy Gardner as a fairly entertaining row five. If Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira did not feature much in the story until now it is because they didn’t feature much in the story at all. The two championship contenders both struggled to get anywhere near the top ten at any point in the session and despite some late personal best sectors from Bagnaia, the Italian was only 16th. The only consolation for his lack of pace would be his Portuguese rival starting 20th. Oliveira will be hoping for another trademark rocket launch off the line from row seven.
|6||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'33.951||0.583||0.022|
|15||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'34.181||0.813||0.032|
|22||57||Edgar PONS||Speed Up||1'34.844||1.476||0.060|
|23||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'34.850||1.482||0.006|
|27||67||Bryan STARING||Tech 3||1'35.760||2.392||0.802|