If only a few brave souls were tempted by slick tyres in the damp morning session, the track dried up nicely and the sun came out to watch by the time FP2 came along. The provisional top 14 ended up being decided in a last-minute shootout, when Jake Dixon found over half a second over the rest of the field. Sam Lowes tried to close the gap to his compatriot on his final flying lap but a tumble at turn 10 lost him the opportunity and allowed championship leader Celestino Vietti to sneak ahead.
Pedro Acosta was one of the early leaders of the session but the rookie went down at turn two just as he picked up top spot and was soon under investigation for crashing under yellow flags, prompted by an earlier tumble for Aron Canet. The Moto3 champion was able to rejoin soon after and climb up the timesheets into fourth position, ahead of teammate Augusto Fernandez.
Fermin Aldeguer was another of the top riders on Saturday afternoon, eventually dropping to sixth, seven tenths off top spot. Albert Arenas, Tony Arbolino and Canet also posted times within a second of the leader, while rookie Manuel Gonzalez completed the top ten, helped by his previous experience of the track in WorldSSP. A more experienced quartet rounded out the combined top 14 positions, Jorge Navarro ahead of Cameron Beaubier, Marcos Ramirez and Romano Fenati, leaving the likes of Marcel Schrotter, Jeremy Alcoba and Ai Ogura with time to find in FP3.
|13||42||Marcos Ramirez||MV Agusta||1:37.057||1.16||0.001|
|17||24||Simone Corsi||MV Agusta||1:37.278||1.381||0.078|
|23||84||Zonta Van Den Goorbergh||Kalex||1:37.875||1.978||0.287|
|25||19||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Kalex||1:37.955||2.058||0.011|
|27||4||Sean Dylan Kelly||Kalex||1:38.225||2.328||0.132|