There was a hint of cloud cover over the Algarve circuit as the lightweight class were lining up to battle for the third pole position of the season but the only concern riders had was about possible penalties following the usual tango on the outlap setting up the final time attack. One man who had little to be worried about was Andrea Migno, the Italian hitting form in Portimao and leading the way throughout Q2 to get his first pole position in over a year. Compatriot Dennis Foggia made a late jump to join him on the front row, while Jeremy Alcoba did well to qualify third but will start the race from pitlane with a five second delay after his escalated disagreement with John McPhee at Losail. That promotes Sergio Garcia to the front row of the grid, the Spaniard finishing fourth and four tenths off pole.
Gabriel Rodrigo looked like a serious challenger after the first run but stuck bad luck once again as Filip Salac tagged his machine on the final flying lap and took both riders out of contention. The Gresini rider was lucky to keep fifth position and open the second row of the grid. He would have been accompanied by John McPhee, but the Petronas Sprinta rider has a pitlane start penalty to serve as well, with a ten-second delay, which allowed Deniz Oncu and Darryn Binder to complete row two. Rookie Xavier Artigas is set to open the third row ahead of Q1 graduate Ayumu Sasaki and Qatar 1 victor Jaume Masia, while Qatar 2 winner Pedro Acosta will start from the fourth row together with Tatsuki Suzuki and Q1 leader Romano Fenati.
Rookies Izan Guevara and Adrian Fernandez also showed good speed to join the fifth row, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who missed out on the final time attack after joining the track too late. The big loser of Q1 was Kaito Toba, who will have to make a good start from 21st on the grid, after a late tumble in the first qualifying session.
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