The lightweight class returned from their lunch break to a slowly drying track, but the dry line was not significant enough for slick tyres to tempt riders. The man adapting quickest to the new conditions proved to be Niccolò Antonelli, who, fresh off a demolition job in Q1, set camp at the top of the timesheets early in Q2. Rivals were left in pursuit of over one second if they were to challenge for pole, but Antonelli kept stepping up and only a late charge from Filip Salac reduced his advantage to under one second. With Antonelli cruising into a first pole position of the year on home soil ahead of Salac, Q1 graduate Riccardo Rossi made it an all-KTM front row.
Rookie Izan Guevara was the last rider to post a time within a second of pole, while Pedro Acosta in fifth will have a big advantage on the grid over his sole championship rival. Jaume Masia snuck out of Q1 to join his teammate on the second row, while Alberto Surra opens row three from Stefano Nepa and Xavier Artigas. Ayumu Sasaki spent quite a bit of time on the provisional front row, until a crash at turn 14 saw him drop down the timesheets, but he managed to recover 10th place in the final five minutes of Q2. The Japanese rider will be joined by rookie Adrian Fernandez and Q1 escapee John McPhee on the fourth row of the grid.
Dennis Foggia will be pretty disappointed to start such an important race for his title challenge from the middle of fifth row, in between Honda Team Asia teammates Yuki Kunii and Andi Farid Izdihar, while MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder qualified 16th. The big losers of Q1 were Romano Fenati, the Italian missing out on progressing by one hundredth of a second and starting 19th on the grid, as well as Andrea Migno, who was a disappointing 22nd after a fast start on Friday.
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