Back to the Red Bull Ring and action resumed without talk of rain for a change. A cloudless sky welcomed the lightweight class and Celestino Vietti seemed to enjoy it more than anyone else. The Italian set camp to the top of the timesheets halfway through proceedings and stayed there despite a late tumble at turn one, just as he increased his advantage. Championship leader Albert Arenas reduced the gap from half a second to three tenths as he climbed into second spot on his final flying lap, while rookie Jeremy Alcoba in third was the last rider within half a second of the lead.
Tony Arbolino was the early leader of FP1 but eventually dropped to fourth, with Raul Fernandez completing the top five. Deniz Oncu is looking to improve on last weekend’s already fine performance with sixth in the first practice session, ahead of Dennis Foggia and Darryn Binder. Jaume Masia started his morning with a small crash at turn 3 and ended it in ninth position, with Ayumu Sasaki rounding out the top ten.
John McPhee got the unwanted honour of being the first crasher of the race weekend, as he went down at turn 10 a couple of minutes into the session and eventually climbed to 11th, eight tenths of a second slower than Vietti and closely followed by championship rival Ai Ogura.