Conditions got a bit breezy as the lightweight class kicked off the battle for qualifying and a few questions were quickly answered. First of all, Tatsuki Suzuki made it clear that he still has the speed shown at this track last year and after a difficult start to 2021, he will be hoping for another victory from pole in Jerez. The Japanese rider had a strong first run that placed him in provisional pole and it proved quick enough to secure him a Tissot watch a few minutes later. He also helped answer the question as to whether Moto3 teams have learned how to tell the time and the answer for many of them was still no. Suzuki was one of a pretty illustrious line-up of riders who left pitlane too late to get a final flying lap but was lucky to have a decent gap at the front that went unchallenged. One man who got things right in the end was Jeremy Alcoba, the Spaniard making a late jump from 13th to second on the grid, pushing back Andrea Migno, who could not reply as he too took the checkered flag of shame.
Gabriel Rodrigo got demoted from the front row at the last minute by his teammate but he opens row two ahead of Romano Fenati and John McPhee. Turn seven continues to cause trouble today and Darryn Binder witnessed it first hand as he suffered a high side early in Q2 and it was session over for the South African. However, it did not prove as costly as it could have been, only dropping him to seventh on the timesheets, where he opens row three from Ayumu Sasaki and Niccolò Antonelli.
Deniz Öncü could not quite replicate the speed he demonstrated in practice and had to make do with 10th position, in the company of rookie Izan Guevara and Filip Salac on the fourth row. Another big question got answered by Pedro Acosta, who kept his cool under the pressure of Q1 and made it through Q2, where he could only get 13th position on the fifth row of the grid, where he will be in the company of Jason Dupasquier and teammate Jaume Masia, who both missed out on the final time attack. The big loser of Q1 ended up being Dennis Foggia, who qualified only 23rd on the grid.
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