With a wet start to the day, the lightweight and premier class had dried up the track to adequate levels by the time Moto2 riders took their turn on the playground. The added confidence resulted in some early crashes for the likes of Brad Binder, Joan Mir or Xavi Vierge but the repair job was minimal and allowed them to rejoin with sufficient time.
One man who avoided any niggles this time around was Augusto Fernandez, the Pons racer taking over the top of the timesheets by a mere thousandth of a second from championship leader Pecco Bagnaia in the final 15 minutes of the session. Both riders showed good speed throughout the morning but there appeared to be few rivals for the Sky rider on race pace. While Miguel Oliveira was not one of them throughout this session, the Portuguese rider did serve a reminder of his speed as he attacked the top of the standings right at the checkered flag, taking the lead by six hundredths of a second.
Fernandez then settled for second best, ahead of Bagnaia, while Marcel Schrotter had a quietly confident session in fourth. Italian duo Mattia Pasini and Luca Marini were also in the mix inside the top six, followed by two more compatriots in Andrea Locatelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri, with Fabio Quartararo the final rider within half a second of the leader.
Despite his early tumble, Mir recovered to round out the top ten, while teammate Alex Marquez had no such luck and the damage from his tip-off in turn 15 prevented him from completing his work and dropped him all the way to 13th.
|9||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||1'38.244||0.490||0.003|
|17||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||1'38.677||0.923||0.009|
|20||64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||1'39.079||1.325||0.157|
|22||52||Danny KENT||Speed Up||1'39.148||1.394||0.018|
|27||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||1'39.647||1.893||0.014|