None of the usual Spanish sun mentions this morning as Barcelona was keen to remind us that other weather options are available. Rain falling before the start of proceedings meant that the lightweight class hit the track with wet tyres on, despite the high temperatures. With the familiar sunny forecast for the rest of the weekend, only half the riders were keen to have a long look at the new track layout in damp conditions.
While many of the usual podium contenders were waving to the camera from their garage, Nicolo Bulega was putting in a serious set of laps, but as the final ten minutes saw the rest of the grid joining the show, he dropped back to sixteenth place.
Romano Fenati only did five laps but did not need more than two to steal the top of the timesheets once he joined in late in the session. Joan Mir was another of the party crashers, the championship leader going second, three tenths off Fenati. Marco Bezzecchi got as close as nine thousandths of a second of Mir, in third spot.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta was one of the hard-workers of the morning, with most laps put in, the Italian finishing fourth, in front of early session leader Jakub Kornfeil, the Czech rider the last within a second of the leader.
Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio only put in a minimum of laps, three respectively four, to finish thirteenth and twenty-third, while Enea Bastianini, Darryn Binder and John McPhee did not go out. Aron Canet did have a go early on but crashed with no consequences in turn ten and did not set a time.
|4||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||2'07.003||0.797||0.421|
|23||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'10.116||3.910||0.068|