Qualifying got underway in absolutely perfect conditions in Jerez and the lightweight class took full advantage to battle it out until the chequered flag. It was a familiar sight at the top of the timesheets, the Aspar teammates hogging the spotlight throughout Q2, with Sergio Garcia placing his bid early and then Izan Guevara attacking in the final handful of minutes. Despite a moment at turn nine, Guevara went a tenth of a second quicker than his teammate and was unchallenged until the chequered flag, claiming a second pole position of the season, this time on home soil. Garcia’s timing was not that great and the championship leader missed out on one final flying lap by mere seconds but had no challenger for second position, while Jaume Masia demoted Dennis Foggia at the last second, to make it an all-Spanish front row in Jerez.
Foggia’s late lap was good enough for fourth, the Italian opening row two ahead of Deniz Öncü, who spent a good part of the session in the top three, before being pushed back to fifth. Xavier Artigas had an eventful half an hour, the CFMOTO rider timing his final Q1 outing poorly and taking the chequered flag a bit earlier than he would have liked, but he just about snuck through to Q2 and climbed into a solid sixth place on the grid. Ayumu Sasaki opens third row ahead of Riccardo Rossi, with practice leader Diogo Moreira unable to do any better than ninth, the rookie half a second off pole.
Carlos Tatay rounded out the top 10 positions and will be sharing fourth row with Q1 graduate Scott Ogden and Ryusei Yamanaka. A subdued Andrea Migno lingered in 13th place, ahead of rookies Joel Kelso and Ivan Ortolá. David Salvador will start his last race as John McPhee’s replacement from sixth row, ahead of Q1 escapees Matteo Bertelle and Kaito Toba, while Tatsuki Suzuki was the big surprise of Q1, the Japanese rider unable to do any better than 20th on the grid.
|22||87||Gerard Riu Male||KTM||1:47.625||0.767||0.123|
|27||64||Mario Suryo Aji||Honda||1:48.341||1.483||0.038|