The second outing of the day ended in a bit of a shootout for the lightweight class and the improved conditions mixed with new rubber and copious amounts of slipstream turned the classification on his head somewhat. Regardless, the SIC58 squad continued to show strong form, following up on Niccolo Antonelli’s top performance in FP1 with Tatsuki Suzuki’s name in the lead this time around. But if we’re talking surprises, it was the man in second who got a lot of the attention, familiar wildcard Kevin Zannoni finding over two seconds on his TM machine to climb from 27th in the morning session all the way to the top two, as well as lead Italian ahead of Tony Arbolino and Antonelli.
John McPhee looked pretty subdued in his second outing but eventually found some speed and slipstream to join the top five, two tenths off the leader. Given the slipstream fest in the final five minutes, it was no surprise gaps as small as one tenth of a second separated Gabriel Rodrigo, Ayumu Sasaki, Marcos Ramirez and Romano Fenati in positions six to nine. Darryn Binder completed the top ten as the final rider within half a second of the leader.
The Spanish trio of Alonso Lopez, Aron Canet and Sergio Garcia narrowly missed out on the top ten, while Lorenzo Dalla Porta could have hoped for more than 14th, had it not been for the unpleasant achievement of being the first rider to crash this weekend – a rather fast affair at Arrabbiata 2 early in the session. However, it was an even more difficult afternoon for the Bester Capital Dubai duo, with Andrea Migno and Jaume Masia stuck at the bottom of the top 30, over a second and a half off the pace.
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