Another sunny Saturday in Styria brought another chance for the lightweight class to fine-tune their race setup and change the configuration of Q2. After a quiet two thirds of the session where riders did not really bother the combined standings, the extended shootout kick-started for the final 15 minutes, riders giving themselves two runs to secure their place in Q2. By the time the checkered flag waved, Tony Arbolino had improved his own lap record around the Red Bull Ring to become the fastest man of the weekend, two tenths faster than Celestino Vietti’s Friday benchmark. However, the Snipers rider was stripped of that achievement soon after the end of the session, when his time was cancelled and that left Sergio Garcia to headline the timesheets.
Raul Fernandez climbed to second, only seven hundredths of a second behind Garcia and with Vietti third in the session but still fastest overall. Ai Ogura was one of the few early improvers and made his way up to fourth, with championship leader Albert Arenas rounding out the top five. John McPhee kept close in sixth, only a tenth and a half slower than the top man and narrowly ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo. With Arbolino demoted to eighth, it was Filip Salac and Jeremy Alcoba who completed the top ten.
The remaining tickets directly to Q2 were handed out to Stefano Nepa, Kaito Toba, Dennis Foggia and Tatsuki Suzuki. Suzuki was only 15th in the session but the time he posted on Friday was good enough to ensure him a spot in Q2. That leaves the likes of Andrea Migno, Deniz Oncu, Jaume Masia or Darryn Binder to fight it out in Q1.