After a short break to catch our breath, bikes were back on track in Valencia and lightweight class riders were right back on the pace, Tony Arbolino improving the lap record that stood since 2017 late in FP1. The Italian ended the morning session less than a tenth of a second faster than Deniz Oncu, who started his day in the gravel at turn 6 and finished it in second position. Romano Fenati was another of the late leaders but got pushed back to third, one and a half tenths off top spot.
Jeremy Alcoba was back at the business end in fourth, just ahead of Raul Fernandez and Dennis Foggia. Darryn Binder led the way halfway through the session but had to make do with seventh place at the checkered flag, as the final rider within half a second of the leader. Jaume Masia in eighth position will be hoping for a better display than one week ago, while Stefano Nepa and Kaito Toba rounded out the top ten.
Championship leader Albert Arenas was quick to put his name at the top of the timing screens as the session got underway but slid down the order to 12th position, only three hundredths of a second faster than rival Ai Ogura. Celestino Vietti had a tough start to his weekend, his tumble in the final 16 minutes also taking out teammate Andrea Migno and leaving the Italians outside of the top 15.
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