There was nothing fast and furious about that start of action down under, with strong wind blowing around big drops of rain just as the lightweight class was putting on gloves and attaching knee sliders. The challenging conditions brought Tony Arbolino to the fore, the young Italian consistently finding more speed than his rivals. By the time the worsening deluge halted further improvements, the VNE Snipers rider was one step ahead – worth seven tenths of a second.
Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta got his possible championship winning weekend off to a good start with a second position and was the only man within a second of his leading compatriot. Romano Fenati made it an all-Italian recipe for the top three, a full second slower than his teammate. Darryn Binder was best of the rest, with John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo ending the morning with times within two seconds of the leader.
Andrea Migno saved a seventh position despite being a victim of the treacherous conditions at turn two in the final couple of minutes of FP1, marginally ahead of steadily improving rookie Sergio Garcia. Riccardo Rossi also became acquainted with some harmless gravel but still made his way into ninth place, while Marcos Ramirez rounded out the top ten.
Aron Canet did the least running in an already limited session, the Spaniard taking it easy in 11th spot and with the rest of the provisional top 14 positions going to Alonso Lopez, Tatsuki Suzuki and Can Oncu. Niccolo Anonelli narrowly missed out after an early tumble at turn eight, while Albert Arenas made a tough start with two crashes in the first practice session.
|2||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'48.764||0.740||0.740|
|15||Rogan CHANDLER||Kalex KTM||2'01.257||13.233||7.155|
|9||Yanni SHAW||Kalex KTM|