As a consequence of photogenic overnight storms, it was a slow start for the lightweight class on a damp track that didn’t seem keen to dry up. Nonetheless, Nicolo Bulega put his local knowledge to good use and circulated about a second fastest than the opposition while the surface was riddled with wet patches. The Italian’s reign was challenged when the final ten minutes of the session brought out slick tyres to a partly dry line but none of the pursuers could hold back the gangly SKY rider.
Bulega’s lead on slicks was nearing seven tenths of a second over Philipp Oettl, while Tony Arbolino in third was the only other rider within a second of the leader. Niccolo Antonelli was best of the rest, with compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio rounding out a predominantly Italian top five.
FP1 leader Jakub Kornfeil found some more confidence in mixed conditions and after temporarily holding top spot he settled for sixth once his rain rubber wore off, three tenths ahead of Marcos Ramirez. The championship leader was in no great hurry to join proceedings but Marco Bezzecchi climbed into eighth spot on his sole flying lap. John McPhee and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat completed the top ten, around two seconds slower than Bulega.
Outside of the top twenty with only a handful of laps were Jaume Masia – who had a lot of work to catch up with after all the technical issues on Friday – and Aron Canet, the Spaniard’s progress halted by a pirouette in turn two halfway through the session. Amongst the other top contenders, Enea Bastianini only went out for some practice starts as the session drew to a close, while Jorge Martin did not want to take any unnecessary risks ahead of what looks like a dry race.
|5||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'52.779||1.415||0.250|
|21||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'56.139||4.775||1.059|
|3||Kevin ZANNONI||TM RACING||1'59.495||8.131||0.964|