The intermediate class got to enjoy the best conditions of the day and they sure made the best of it. Alex Marquez picked up the lead of the session halfway through it, to be only one of two riders dropping into the 1:42s early on. The other one was Lorenzo Baldassarri, the two riders disputing the top of the timesheets between themselves during most of the session and both demonstrating impressive race pace – including a plethora of track limit infringements for the Italian. The final seven minutes saw a proper time attack and a handful of riders joined that exclusive 1:42 club.
Sam Lowes got close to challenging the top men in the final run of the session but while the British rider did dip into the 1:42s, he did not quite get a chance to disturb the top two. Romano Fenati continued his rapid progress to snatch fourth position from a particularly aggressive Pecco Bagnaia, who overcame several close moments to end the session fifth. Nonetheless, the Italian showed good consistent pace to go with his speed.
Brad Binder in sixth was the final rider within half a second of Marquez. A continuously impressive Joan Mir was another tenth behind Binder, followed by Mattia Pasini, who slowly dropped down the order and finished the day with some technical troubles.
The top ten was completed by Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira, seven tenths down on the leader and with a second covering the top sixteen.
|12||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'43.423||0.886||0.121|
|14||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'43.442||0.905||0.008|
|19||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'43.709||1.172||0.037|
|20||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'43.711||1.174||0.002|
|32||14||Hector GARZO||Tech 3||1'45.414||2.877||0.130|