Once the sun set in Qatar, the lightweight class came out to play on a track that was more than 20 degrees cooler than in the afternoon. However, riders were not too keen to fight for provisional Q2 spots and spent almost as much time in pitlane as on track ahead of the time attack. With FP3 conditions expected to halt any attempts to change the combined top 14 order, you’d expect riders to show a little more initiative but we should really learn to adjust our expectations. Most of the field left pitlane with little over two minutes left on the clock and coupled with the usual outlap shenanigans, it meant that quite a few of them missed out on the shootout. Last week’s poleman, Darryn Binder, was one of them, but the South African was in no rush as he had already set up at the top of the timesheets with a time good enough not to cause him any concern.
With Binder untroubled at the front, Sergio Garcia was the big winner of the last lap rodeo, the Spaniard jumping into second position, ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo. John McPhee trailed his teammate for much of the session and only lost a couple of positions by the checkered flag, dropping to fourth. Tatsuki Suzuki’s rapid recovery continues, the Japanese rider joining the top five ahead of FP1 leader Jaume Masia and excellent rookie Izan Guevara.
Jeremy Alcoba, Pedro Acosta and Romano Fenati rounded out the top five, while Stefano Nepa, Ryusei Yamanaka, Kaito Toba and Niccolo Antonelli are the men very likely to join them straight into Q2 on Saturday evening. Although Dennis Foggia did time it right to make the cut for one final flying lap, he fell victim of the chaos in the pack and the Italian got stuck in 15th position, six tenths off top spot.
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