The second practice session for the lightweight class started with one minute delay for some mysterious reason but once the action got underway, some of the riders who woke up late in FP1 headed straight for the top of the timesheets. After finishing 11th in the morning, Ayumu Sasaki was the early leader, before Marcos Ramirez went from 17th in FP1 to picking up the lead halfway through FP2. Lorenzo Dalla Porta soon stole their thunder ahead of the final time attack, with fresh tyres coming out of their blankets for the final three minutes. Eventually, Albert Arenas had the final say, the Spaniard topping both Friday practice sessions.
John McPhee made a late jump into second position, missing out on top spot by a mere three hundredths of a second and with Tony Arbolino in tow, another three hundredths back. Sasaki dropped to fourth position, ahead of Romano Fenati, the Italian completing a top five covered by a tenth of a second. Dalla Porta went from leader to sixth, with Andrea Migno opening a group of five riders all within a tenth of each other: Ai Ogura, Jaume Masia, Tatsuki Suzuki and Jakub Kornfeil all securing provisional Q2 spots. No such luck for Ramirez, who failed to improve in the shootout and dropped to 13th in the session but only 16th overall.
Although Gabriel Rodrigo, Aron Canet and Niccolo Antonelli failed to improve on their FP1 times – the Spaniard due to a late crash at turn 15 – all three remain in the top 14 on combined standings. Another notable change on the timesheets was Deniz Oncu’s name, the youngster replacing his brother Can following his collarbone fracture suffered in FP1.
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