The background of the Misano circuit was quite different to how we left it over a month ago and it made for a pretty wet start for the lightweight class. A few men did seem to shine in the tricky conditions, the Rivacold Snipers team hogging the limelight for much of the session and Andrea Migno keeping the lead at the chequered flag despite a slight tumble into the gravel at turn three. Teammate Alberto Surra closely followed him despite some rodeo moments of his own, while Filip Salac was their closest challenger, over eight tenths of a second behind the leader.
Honda Team Asia wildcard Mario Aji also thrived in the wet conditions, impressing in fourth place. Izan Guevara was the last rider to post a time within a second of Migno’s benchmark and the rookie carries the flag for the Gaviota GASGAS squad while Sergio Garcia is still out of action with a bruised kidney acquired in Texas. Only half a tenth separated Andi Farid Izdihar, Kaito Toba and Stefano Nepa on the timesheets, while Lorenzo Fellon and Niccolò Antonelli rounded out the top 10 positions.
After very briefly leading the way early on, championship leader Pedro Acosta dropped to 15th position after a tumble at turn 6 limited his running. Rival Dennis Foggia didn’t make much noise on Friday morning, down in 17th and over two seconds behind the leader in the wet conditions. One man missing from the timesheets was John McPhee, who sat out FP1 due to being unwell with the flu.
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