The intermediate class returned to the Misano World Circuit just as quick as last time out and with some new names joining the list of contenders. Enea Bastianini putting his name at the top of the timesheets for the final couple of minutes of FP1 – a tenth off lap record – won’t come as much of a surprise, but the man who pushed him hardest was class veteran Tom Luthi, who picked up the pace to finish second, less than two tenths off top spot. No longer troubled by penalties, Sam Lowes could show his speed once again, starting the weekend in third place, with a fairly impressive Hector Garzo and Nicolo Bulega joining the top five.
Championship leader Luca Marini, Tetsuta Nagashima and Aron Canet also finished within three tenths of a second of Bastianini’s top time, while Marco Bezzecchi dropped from fourth to ninth due to a late yellow flag infringement that saw his top time cancelled. Marcel Schrotter completed the top ten, with Xavi Vierge, Augusto Fernandez and Lorenzo Baldassarri within half a second of the lead as well. Joe Roberts occupied the final provisional top 14 spot, ahead of Jorge Navarro, who ended the session with a tumble at the final turn.
Down in an honourable 19th position, Mattia Pasini makes a brief comeback to the world championship as a replacement for Jorge Martin, the Spaniard still testing positive for Covid-19 and unable to join the party for yet another weekend. Also missing in action was Remy Gardner, the Australian recovering from surgery following his unfortunate crash in Warm Up last weekend.
|8||44||Aron Canet||Speed Up||1'36.557||0.295|
|15||9||Jorge Navarro||Speed Up||1'36.922||0.660||0.008|
|16||19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||1'37.016||0.754||0.094|
|17||21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Speed Up||1'37.054||0.792||0.038|
|20||27||Andi Farid Izdihar||Kalex||1'37.379||1.117||0.027|
|21||62||Stefano Manzi||MV Agusta||1'37.396||1.134||0.017|
|23||24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||1'37.451||1.189||0.040|
|27||55||Hafizh Syahrin||Speed Up||1'37.626||1.364||0.032|