It was a cool start to Saturday in Valencia, temperature-wise, but that didn’t stop Ryusei Yamanaka from almost nudging the lap record and topping the final practice session for the lightweight class. The MT Helmets rider took control of proceedings in the final handful of minutes of FP3, with rookie Ivan Ortolá climbing into second, only five hundredths of a second behind, after a technically troublesome start to his session. Diogo Moreira was all the more keen to make up for the long lap penalty awaiting him on Sunday and jumped into third, one tenth off top spot.
Dennis Foggia kept a low profile for most of the session, before going up to fourth, ahead of the GASGAS duo of Izan Guevara and Sergio Garcia. Xavi Artigas spent a big part of the session towards the bottom of the top 20 but fresh rubber brought him up to seventh in the closing stages, which was also the case for Friday leader Tatsuki Suzuki, who followed him on the timesheets. John McPhee and David Salvador completed the top 10 covered by half a second, with Dani Holgado, Carlos Tatay, Deniz Öncü and Riccardo Rossi very close behind.
Joel Kelso missed out on the precious top 14 by one hundredth of a second, as did Ayumu Sasaki, although his session was compromised by a late tumble. Jaume Masia and Kaito Toba were also left in Q1 territory by a tangle at turn 11 and childishly squabbled in the gravel to probably add some penalty fuel to the Q1 fire. David Muñoz was the early leader of the session but eventually lost ground all the way down to 20th position, one second off top spot.
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