The first qualifying session of the day was a rather anti-climactic affair, with pole position settled only three laps into Q2, and not many changes on the timing screens in the closing stages of the session. Despite missing out on a final flying lap, Izan Guevara kept pole position by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, with Dani Holgado joining them on the front row of the grid.
The Leopard Racing machines sandwich John McPhee on the second row, with Tatsuki Suzuki in fourth and Dennis Foggia sixth. Rookie Ivan Ortolá had another impressive performance with seventh on the grid, opening row three from compatriot Jaume Masia and teammate Stefano Nepa. Speaking of teammates, Xavier Artigas and Carlos Tatay were separated by eight hundredths of a second, sharing fourth row with Sergio Garcia – the title contender having another underwhelming qualifying session but hoping to match it with the usual comeback come Sunday. The Spaniard won’t have it easy though, with Deniz Öncü starting just behind him, the Turkish rider stranded in 13th after some technical problems limited his running and made him miss the final time attack. Adrian Fernandez and Taiyo Furusato will join him on the fifth row, while Q1 graduate David Muñoz shares sixth row with Riccardo Rossi and Diogo Moreira – who failed to post a timed lap after an early tumble.
Andrea Migno was the first to miss out in Q1, one tenth off the luckier foursome, and will start in 19th position, while teammate Alberto Surra was declared unfit due to a left wrist fracture suffered in an FP3 crash.
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