The heat was still enveloping the Buddh circuit on Saturday morning, although the intermediate class welcomed some cloud cover, allowing for many early improvements on the timesheets. After Tony Arbolino stole the show on Friday, rival Pedro Acosta was quick to demote him in P3 but a late red flag prompted a four-minute shootout where Manuel Gonzalez improved the lap record by another tenth from Acosta. The Spaniard had to settle for second, with Celestino Vietti joining the top three on the final lap.
Joe Roberts and Alonso Lopez completed a top five covered by only three tenths of a second, with even smaller margins separating the rest of the top 14 positions. Ai Ogura, Filip Salac and a surprising Dennis Foggia also posted times within half a second of the leader, while Sam Lowes and Marcos Ramirez completed the top 10. Jake Dixon’s day started with a tumble at turn eight, which limited his track time and saw him drop out of Q2 contention until reclaiming 11th place at the final try.
Jeremy Alcoba and Somkiat Chantra also secured Q2 positions, while Arbolino was the only rider who failed to go any quicker in the final practice session but was safely inside the combined top 14. Zonta van den Goorbergh was unlucky to miss out by only two thousandths of a second, not helped by a late tumble, and will be joined in Q1 by Aron Canet, who also slid out on his final lap.
|14||84||Zonta Vd Goorbergh||Kalex||1:52.192||0.584||0.002|
|27||4||Sean Dylan Kelly||Forward||1:52.985||1.377||0.273|