It was a sunny start for day two in Austria and the lightweight class had plenty of time to complete the challenge for top 14 positions. It eventually turned into a gravel to glory story for Ayumu Sasaki, who started the session in the gravel trap at turn four but rejoined the action in the closing stages to claim top spot at the checkered flag. The Japanese rider demoted colleague Jaume Masia by three hundredths of a second, with Filip Salac and Jeremy Alcoba making a late jump into the top four.
Pedro Acosta had dropped to the bottom of the top 14 at the halfway mark of the session but moved himself into a more comfortable position as the session progressed and briefly took over the lead in the final five minutes. He eventually got pushed back to fifth, but only two tenths off the lead and one thousandth of a second ahead of Izan Guevara. Having topped the timesheets on Friday, John McPhee and Darryn Binder were amongst the last to improve on Saturday morning but they did so in the final few minutes to climb into seventh and ninth respectively, sandwiching Sergio Garcia in eighth position.
Deniz Öncü completed the top 10 places, with an all-Italian line-up filling in the rest of the top 14 positions: Riccardo Rossi, Andrea Migno, Stefano Nepa and Niccolò Antonelli. That sets things up for quite a competitive Q1 later on, including the likes of Tatsuki Suzuki, Romano Fenati, Dennis Foggia and Gabriel Rodrigo.
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