The intermediate class was finally graced with a fully dry session, with the occasional damp patch seriously testing the riders’ attention – to more or less success, with several crashes and plenty of replay-worthy moments.
Franco Morbidelli was back to his usual antics, which meant taking the lead and letting everyone else try and catch up. Pecco Bagnaia accepted that challenge and he proved to be just as fast in the dry as he was in the wet around Le Mans, the Italian topping the session in his final few laps. Morbidelli dropped less than a tenth behind his VR46 Academy colleague to secure second position.
Tom Luthi posted the exact same time as Morbidelli but a slower second-fastest lap meant that he was officially third in the session. Luca Marini had another impressive run, the Forward Racing rider popping up to fourth position in the final few minutes.
Dominique Aegerter was another late addition to the top five, followed by Axel Pons, the Spaniard half a second down on Bagnaia. Mattia Pasini was well-placed into the top five before getting himself acquainted with the turn thirteen gravel trap and eventually having his best time cancelled for exceeding track limits, that dropping him down to nineteenth position. Miguel Oliveira also shared some off track adventures of his own and only managed to place twelfth in the session.
After topping a wet FP2, Alex Marquez started his Saturday with a massive high-side in turn six, his bike also collecting Iker Lecuona, both riders walking away on their own and taking a detour to the medical centre. Unfortunately, Lecuona was eventually declared unfit, having damaged his previously injured collarbone.
|10||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'38.043||0.657||0.007|
|13||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||1'38.121||0.735||0.044|
|27||47||Axel BASSANI||Speed Up||1'39.677||2.291||0.182|
|28||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'39.704||2.318||0.027|
|32||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'41.656||4.270||1.180|