The lightweight class received no warm welcome from Aragon on their return to action and riders took to the track on a cold surface while teams wrapped up warm in the pits. However, gravel traps did not get too see much activity and times got significantly quicker by the end of the 40 minutes. Darryn Binder made the best use of his final flying lap to post the only 1:59 time of the morning, the South African over three tenths of a second quicker than Celestino Vietti. The Italian was the only rider to post a time within half a second of the leader, with John McPhee third, little over the half second mark.
The gaps behind the Petronas rider were significantly smaller, Raul Fernandez in fourth only half a tenth slower than McPhee and with Niccolo Antonelli and Alonso Lopez another tenth or so back. Ai Ogura had a better start to his weekend this time around, seventh and seven tenths down on Binder, while seven hundredths faster than compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki. Romano Fenati and Yuki Kunii rounded out the top ten, while Barry Baltus and Deniz Oncu were the final riders within a second of top spot.
Championship leader Albert Arenas chose to take little risk in the cool morning conditions and finished down in 13th position, a second slower than the leader and ahead of Andrea Migno and Ayumu Sasaki. Gabriel Rodrigo was in a similar position, dropping to 19th on the timesheets, while early session leader Jaume Masia ended up 20th.
Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino sat out the first practice session awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test.
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