The lightweight class kept the track busy in search of a top 14 worthy lap ahead of a potentially wet FP3. With the extra bit of grip after the temperatures went up and the morning sessions dusted off the surface, it wasn’t too long before Romano Fenati went four tenths faster than his FP1 benchmark on only his fourth lap. The Italian then had a long rest in his garage and allowed rivals the illusion they could catch up but then came back fighting and stretched half a second’s advantage at the front.
The final five minutes saw a time attack on fresh rubber but it did not leave much of an impression on the top of the timesheets. Just as Niccolo Antonelli got within a thousandth of a second of the lead, Fenati found another half a second to post the first 2:16 time of the day. Tatsuki Suzuki found some speed late on and reduced the gap to about three tenths to finish the session second. Antonelli started his afternoon with a tumble but ended it in third position, a tenth ahead of Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Tony Arbolino got over an early rodeo moment to join the top five, while Aron Canet was towards the sharp end once again, in sixth and six tenths of a second off the lead.
Jakub Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo and Ayumu Sasaki also finished within a second of Fenati, while Andrea Migno held on to the top ten despite a late crash on a fast lap. In case the rainy forecast for FP3 becomes reality, Dennis Foggia, John McPhee, Kazuki Masaki and Alonso Lopez provisionally secured top 14 positions, while the class’ latest victor, Jaume Masia, missed out by eight hundredths of a second.
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