Nice and dry asphalt greeted the lightweight class for their final practice session at the Red Bull Ring but that just invited to a dawdling domino for the final time attack. After Darryn Binder and Deniz Öncü shared the limelight early on, the shootout for the top 14 started early by Moto3 standards, in the final seven or so minutes. Rookie Izan Guevara was quick to take control of proceedings as the fastest man of the weekend so far, six hundredths of a second ahead of Öncü. Teammate Sergio Garcia climbed back into third, having been disqualified from FP2 for using a rear tyre that was not part of his allocation.
Gabriel Rodrigo had a pretty eventful morning in Spielberg, including two tangles with Ryusei Yamanaka and getting involved in the impeding party late on, but managed to climb into fourth position in the end. John McPhee joined the top five ahead of Jeremy Alcoba and Dennis Foggia, with Romano Fenati eighth and only two tenths off the leader’s time. Ayumu Sasaki did well to save a ninth place after a highside out of turn 1 halfway through proceedings, with Jaume Masia rounding out the top 10.
Filip Salac, Tatsuki Suzuki and Pedro Acosta also posted times within half a second of top spot. The championship leader opted to ride on his own and keep out of trouble and while it cost him a little on the timesheets, he held onto the final ticket to Q2. Binder was one of the few riders not to improve their times from Friday and although he was 15th in the session, his FP1 time was enough to keep him safely in Q2. That leaves the likes of Andrea Migno, Stefano Nepa and Kaito Toba to battle it out in Q1.
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