Saturday morning greeted the lightweight class with more sensible track temperatures, offering another chance at the precious top 14 for Q2. Riders wasted no time and the hierarchy saw its first changes halfway through FP3 but Gabriel Rodrigo’s overall lead went unchallenged in the time attack. Tatsuki Suzuki was fastest in the session going into the shootout but his top spot was up for grabs as the Japanese rider had gently slid out at turn two a couple of laps after putting his name at the top of the timesheets. Celestino Vietti took over the lead with two minutes left of the session and jumped to second overall, only three hundredths of a second behind Rodrigo’s Friday benchmark.
Teammate Andrea Migno trailed him in the session and was third overall, with Raul Fernandez the next fastest rider on both classifications. Championship leader Albert Arenas joins Q2 from fifth overall, while Suzuki dropped to sixth position on combined times. Filip Salac, John McPhee, Stefano Nepa and Jeremy Alcoba completed the top ten, while the final men to go straight to Q2 were Ayumu Sasaki, Jaume Masia, Deniz Oncu and Kaito Toba, whose Friday time just about saved him, as he had crashed at turn 12 and missed the final 15 minutes of FP3.
Tony Arbolino and Niccolo Antonelli missed out on the Q2 lineup and will join the likes of Romano Fenati, Ai Ogura and Dennis Foggia in Q1. Despite being only 19th in FP3 and almost a second down on Vietti, Rodrigo safely remained the fastest man across all practice sessions.
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