After Mugello offered impeccable conditions for the circus’ return to Italy, a touch of grey coloured the sky ahead of the lightweight class’ qualifying session. It ultimately proved irrelevant but teams and riders still tried to gamble so Q2 was slow to get going, until Pedro Acosta opened the show, fresh off an eventful Q1. It was Gabriel Rodrigo who claimed provision pole after the first run of laps but half the pack was yet to post a timed lap until the final handful of minutes. Ultimately it was Q1 leader Tatsuki Suzuki who kept the pace up to claim pole position in Mugello by over half a second from the championship leader. Acosta wobbled his way through Q1 but managed to secure his first front row start of his rookie season to date, while Rodrigo got pushed back to third.
With many of the teams only joining the action for two flying laps, the strategy didn’t really pay off, especially as a scary incident involving Jason Dupasquier and Ayumu Sasaki prompted a red flag in the closing stages of Q2. However, Dennis Foggia seems to be getting his season back on track with fourth on the grid on home soil, ahead of Jaume Masia and Jeremy Alcoba on the second row. Romano Fenati opens row three, where he is joined by Niccolò Antonelli and John McPhee, while Sasaki and Dupasquier qualified on row four but the Swiss rider required medical assistance after their accident and his participation in tomorrow’s race looks uncertain.
FP3 leader Andrea Migno will not be particularly happy to see his name down in 17th position, behind Darryn Binder and ahead of teammate Filip Salac, but the Rivacold Snipers duo did not seem to get a proper flying lap in. Another notable mention goes to wildcard Alberto Surra, who missed out on Q2 by three tenths and is due to start the race in 19th grid spot.
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