There were a couple of clear favourites going into qualifying for the intermediate class, but riders went a bit off script throughout. After leading the final practice session, Celestino Vietti took control early in Q2, while Pedro Acosta was not making waves initially, spending much of the session outside the top 10. However, the championship leader eventually went from 16th to 1st in the blink of an eye with three minutes remaining and Vietti answered with a pole-worthy lap that got cancelled due to yellow flags. The Italian didn’t give up and his final lap allowed him to snatch pole position on home soil by eight hundredths of a second. Acosta’s reply was hindered by some traffic and the Spaniard settled for second, while Manuel Gonzalez impressed with his first front row in the class after having to escape Q1.
Aron Canet made a late jump into fourth position, two tenths off pole and joined by familiar wildcard Mattia Pasini and Alonso Lopez. The SpeedUp rider was on course to threaten for pole but a mistake and a late crash at turn 10 ended his session a little early and left him sixth on the grid. Joe Roberts opens the third row of the grid ahead of the Marc VDS duo of Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino – the Italian escaping Q1 and climbing into ninth position.
Filip Salac completed the top 10 and shares fourth row with Somkiat Chantra and Q1 graduate Zonta Van Den Goorbergh, while a subdued Ai Ogura heads fifth row. Jake Dixon joined the action quite late in Q2 and struggled to put together a fast lap, ending the session in a rapid tumble at turn 13, leaving him 14th on the grid, ahead of Q1 leader Bo Bendsneyder.
The big surprise of Q1 was Fermin Aldeguer, whose final lap mistake cost him a Q2 place for the first time this season, the Spaniard having to start 21st on the grid, ahead of compatriot Sergio Garcia.
|12||84||Zonta Vd Goorbergh||Kalex||1:36.722||0.521||0.073|
|Q2||84||Zonta Vd Goorbergh||Kalex||1:36.791||0.115||0.037|
|29||4||Sean Dylan Kelly||Forward||1:37.923||1.247||0.006|