The lightweight class entered qualifying with two extended practice sessions under their belt, crammed within a handful of hours, but there was no time to rest in the chase for a lap time. In the case of Sergio Garcia, he also chased the all-time lap record – successfully so – and claimed a first pole position of the season by nearly two tenths of a second, at the end of a final lap showdown that flooded the timing screens in red and orange hues. Ayumu Sasaki was flying the flag for the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team, as their sole rider this weekend, and managed to climb onto the front row of the grid, to help mitigate a long lap penalty for irresponsible riding in Indonesia. Izan Guevara will also join his teammate on the front row, the youngster showing good speed on his first outing in Argentina.
Riccardo Rossi and rookie Joel Kelso seemed to really benefit from the extra time in Q1, the Australian holding onto top spot until the final seconds of Q2, but eventually had to concede the lead and both settled for a second row start – with a personal best qualifying performance for Kelso in fifth. Daniel Holgado joined the list of impressive rookie performances in sixth, four tenths off pole and closing the second row of the grid. Xavier Artigas, Andrea Migno and Tatsuki Suzuki will line up on row three, while Diogo Moreira secures another top 10 in qualifying, opening fourth row ahead of the more experienced Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia, the Italian failing to improve on his second run. Kaito Toba, Ryusei Yamanaka and Ivan Ortolá complete row five, one second off pole and ahead of Deniz Öncü, Stefano Nepa and Carlos Tatay.
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