Barely an hour into the first race Saturday of the season and a second all time lap record surrendered, this time to Aron Canet’s charms. While Friday’s leader was dusting himself off and relaunching his attack, Canet took over the top of the timesheets and ended the session almost a tenth quicker than his rivals. Filip Salac was another prominent feature throughout the session, up in second position at the chequered flag, while Pedro Acosta’s time attack was thwarted by a light tumble at turn three but the Spaniard got back on track to reclaim third. Teammates Alonso Lopez and Fermín Aldeguer completed the top five, while Barry Baltus in sixth was still within two tenths of the leader.
Manuel Gonzalez in seventh place was almost four tenths off top spot, with Jake Dixon holding onto eighth despite a late tumble at turn 11. Sam Lowes and Celestino Vietti joined the top 10, closely followed by Bo Bendsneyder and top rookie Sergio Garcia. Somkiat Chantra and Albert Arenas secured the final tickets to Q2, leaving a few surprising names to entertain us in Q1, including Joe Roberts, who missed out by four thousandths of a second, Tony Arbolino and Darryn Binder.
|21||84||Zonta Van Den Goorbergh||Kalex||1:43.183||1.180||0.159|
|22||4||Sean Dylan Kelly||Kalex||1:43.315||1.312||0.132|
|23||24||Marcos Ramirez||MV Agusta||1:43.541||1.538||0.226|
|24||19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||1:43.591||1.588||0.050|
|28||98||David Sanchis||MV Agusta||1:45.211||3.208||0.469|