Rain had just stopped by the time the intermediate class started play and it was the usual suspects who put their names at the top of the timesheets on a wet circuit. The field also got its fair share of crashes, including Xavi Vierge (who unfortunately broke a thumb), Jorge Navarro, Takaaki Nakagami and Luca Marini.
With the tricky conditions, the gaps at the top were significant. Franco Morbidelli proved his speed around the Dutch circuit both in the dry and the wet, the Italian blasting his way into the 1:52s, the only rider to do that and ending up leading the session by one tenth of a second.
Teammate Alex Marquez wobbled his way into second position and cut the gap to Morbidelli from six tenths to only one, asserting the domination of team EG 0,0 Marc VDS for yet another weekend.
Mattia Pasini might have looked like he was struggling slightly in the dry but the rain brought him back into play, the Italian finishing third but almost eight tenths down on the leader.
Yonny Hernandez decided that rain was a good opportunity to remind us of his presence, the AGR rider less than a tenth down on Pasini and into fourth position. Hafizh Syahrin also remembered he was tipped as an expert on rainy days, the Malaysian snatching fifth spot.
Lorenzo Baldassarri also had a reasonable morning, putting Forward Racing into sixth position, in front of Marcel Schrotter, Sandro Cortese and Simone Corsi.
The top ten was completed by Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider struggling almost two seconds down on his main championship rival. Still, things could have been worse – he could’ve been in Miguel Oliveira’s position, in twenty-fifth and three and a half seconds down.
|9||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||1'54.761||1.788||0.006|
|19||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'55.717||2.744||0.187|
|29||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'59.076||6.103||1.169|
|97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||2'01.080||8.107||1.505|
|37||Augusto FERNANDEZ||Speed Up||2'02.347||9.374||1.267|