A hot Motorland Aragon set the scene for the first qualifying session of the day and the lightweight class looked to have borrowed the script from their Moto2 colleagues by sorting pole position on the third flying lap. Gabriel Rodrigo set the pace after the first run and did so by a considerable four tenths of a second and only two away from pole record. The RBA racer continued to be a lonely presence in the 1:57s until the final charge bridged that gap and the man to do it was – and you could bet your house on it – Jorge Martin.
All the dawdling around on the final outing meant that most riders only got one lap to leave an impression but that was more than enough for Martin to snatch a ninth pole position of the season by shattering the fastest lap record by seven tenths of a second.
Jaume Masia was in the right place at the right time and followed the poleman across the line, although half a second slower. Enea Bastianini watched his lap record taken away from third position and will attempt to snatch a circuit record instead from the front row of the grid. Tony Arbolino wobbled his way into fourth place, starting the all-Italian line-up of row two. Dennis Foggia impressed in fifth, while Marco Bezzecchi found himself demoted from first to sixth position in the blink of an eye.
Despite the impressive early laptime, Rodrigo could not defend his position as he missed the cut for one final flying lap and dropped to eighth on the grid. His cause will be aided slightly by Niccolo Antonelli’s penalty for slow riding in FP3. The Italian will drop 12 positions on the grid and promote Rodrigo to seventh place, followed by Aron Canet. Fabio Di Giannantonio will also benefit from his compatriot’s mistake and will climb onto the back of row three.
The likes of Adam Norrodin, Marcos Ramirez and Jakub Kornfeil will start the race on the fringes of the top ten, while John McPhee could not follow through with a good performance in practice and took the flag 23rd.
|10||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'58.149||1.083||0.196|
|16||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'58.602||1.536||0.151|