Le Mans had another surprise in store for qualifying and of course it came in the form of raindrops just as the lightweight class left pitlane for Q2, causing riders to rush out for an early benchmark on slick tyres. However, rain intensified on their outlap so riders returned to pitlane to prepare for a wet time attack instead. Once the preparations were done, rain stopped and glimpses of sun could be seen in parts of the circuit, making it a tricky proposition for the riders, who were yet to post a time by the halfway point of the session. One man who took big risks for a big reward was Andrea Migno, the Italian sticking to slick tyres for the final run and securing his second pole position of the season with a two second advantage. Riccardo Rossi followed his example and the late switch to slicks also rewarded him with a maiden front row start, despite starting the session in the gravel trap at turn 11, after a tangle with Niccolò Antonelli. Jaume Masia made a late jump to complete the front row of the grid.
John McPhee held provisional pole before dropping to fourth, ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Antonelli, while Q1 graduate Filip Salac opens row three, his fastest time three seconds slower than the poleman’s. Sergio Garcia and Q1 leader Tatsuki Suzuki complete the third row, while Romano Fenati rounded out the top 10 in qualifying and opens row four ahead of Stefano Nepa and Ryusei Yamanaka.
Darryn Binder was only 16th fastest but the big surprise of the afternoon was championship leader Pedro Acosta, who had a nice save at turn 12 but could not save himself out of Q1. The Spaniard will start the French GP from 21st on the grid, but he might not be too concerned about that, given his record to date. Xavier Artigas missed the qualifying session while undergoing medical checks at the hospital but has been declared fit for the race.
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