Saturday afternoon looked more like what we expected on Thursday, 28 degrees and no clouds in sight, at least for the lightweight class. There were a few crashes just as the traffic jam got on its way, Nicolo Bulega taking a second tumble of the day, joined by Gabriel Rodrigo and home rider Jakub Kornfeil.
Romano Fenati stepped it up after an average set of practice sessions and put himself in charge of the timesheets for most of the session.
After a bit of dawdling around, the final charge started with three minutes to go and it looked like visits to the medical centre were a good omen today, Rodrigo going from after crashing in the beginning of qualifying and seeing the doctor straight into pole position in the very last minute of the session. The RBA rider managed to grab his first desired Tissot watch by only posting one lap time in the entire session and became the first Argentine rider to take pole position in the lightweight class.
Fenati will line up on second on the grid and Christmas came early for the RBA squad, with Juanfran Guevara snatching a late front row start in third. That bumped down Joan Mir to the second row of the grid, the championship leader having to share it with Bulega, who did a great recovery job after his early crash, and the KTM of Bo Bendsneyder.
Marcos Ramirez opens row three, followed by Fabio di Giannantonio and Livio Loi. Row four was reserved for Phillip Oettl, Ayumu Sasaki and Nicolo Antonelli, all of them recovering nicely after crashing at some point today.
Less lucky were Andrea Migno in fourteenth, Aron Canet in seventeenth, John McPhee and Enea Bastianini rounding up the top twenty and being left with a big job on Sunday.
|8||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'09.142||0.571||0.099|
|22||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||2'09.730||1.159||0.032|