The lightweight class was unleashed for a second time of the day but they were not in too much hurry to get faster than the morning’s benchmark. With dark clouds gathering around the circuit, the last ten minutes brought the first challenger, rookie Celestino Vietti climbing to the top of the timesheets as the final time attack was just starting to unfold. Most riders relied on two flying laps to secure a provisional top 14 place and the man in the right place at the right time was Gabriel Rodrigo. The Gresini rider led the way ahead of the final flying lap but quickly found himself in the wrong place instead, suffering quite a nasty crash at turn one immediately after positing the fastest time or the day. He still had some luck left on his side as rivals failed to improve on their final lap and Tony Arbolino had to settle for second, two tenths behind Rodrigo.
Tatsuzi Suzuki progressed significantly since the morning session to join the top three, with Vietti dropping to fourth as the final rider within half a second of the leader. The rookie also joined the crash list late in the session together with championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta, the duo being the unfortunate victims of a traffic jam in the pack. However, both of them managed to secure top five positions.
FP1 leader Jaume Masia ended the day sixth, two hundredths of a second ahead of Aron Canet and with Niccolo Antonelli finding some speed in eighth spot. Romano Fenati and Marcos Ramirez completed the top ten, with John McPhee, Ai Ogura, Andrea Migno and Filip Salac securing provisional Q2 positions but with McPhee, Ogura and Migno relying on their FP1 times to do so.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Rodrigo has been ruled out of the Czech GP due to a right collarbone fracture and a pelvic fracture suffered as a result of the highside at the end of FP2.
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