The qualifying show kicked off with the dramatic backdrop of MotorLand getting ever hotter and it was not all that surprising that the pole position time was set early in the session by Darryn Binder. The South African was back in prime position on Saturday after a long wait since Qatar and was so confident in his early benchmark that he risked not going out for one final attempt like the rest of his rivals. It proved to be the right decision, as his closest challenger was almost two tenths of a second off top spot, with Gabriel Rodrigo claiming second on the grid on his final flying lap. Despite a late crash at turn 7, Q1 leader Tatsuki Suzuki secured a seat onto the front row, as the yellow flag halted progress for a few other riders.
Sergio Garcia made a slower start but jumped up to fourth at the checkered flag, three tenths off pole and three hundredths of a second ahead of Andrea Migno, with Deniz Öncü completing row two. Jeremy Alcoba stepped it up to qualify seventh, sharing row three with Niccolò Antonelli and championship leader Pedro Acosta, who also left it late to climb the timesheets. Fellow rookie Lorenzo Fellon also impressed in joining the top 10, ahead of Filip Salac and Xavier Artigas on the fourth row of the grid.
Izan Guevara looked good in practice but could only qualify 13th quickest and will be joined on the fifth row by FP3 leader Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia, the Spaniard slow to get going and then impacted by the late yellow flag. Romano Fenati also did not feature towards the business end, the Italian down in 17th position, in between Ayumu Sasaki and Kaito Toba on row six, the CIP rider quite unlucky to crash in both qualifying sessions at turn 7.
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