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Damp and drizzly Valencia was the backdrop for the intermediate class’ first practice session and much like their colleagues before them, they kept things uneventful until the closing stages got some gravel trap action. After a few less than stellar performances, Tom Luthi seemed to be enjoying his time in the limelight and took over the top of the timesheets halfway through the session. Despite a harmless crash at turn 6 with 15 minutes left, the Swiss rider kept top spot by a tenth of a second ahead of a persistently impressive Hector Garzo. Aron Canet was back in action after his little finger required some medical attention and the Spaniard returned straight to the top three positions and as the final rider within half a second of the leader in the tricky conditions.

Hafizh Syahrin was somewhat predictably the early leader of FP1 but dropped back to fourth and finished the session limping away from a high side at turn 14. Marco Bezzecchi joined the top five, ahead of championship leader Sam Lowes and Nicolo Bulega. Enea Bastianini avoided any crashes with a couple of saves at turn 14 and finished the morning 8th, with compatriots Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri rounding out the top ten.

Luca Marini’s struggles seemed to continue in the difficult conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and after a slow start he finished last on the timesheets and nearly four seconds down on Luthi. Meanwhile, Jake Dixon sat out the session with a stomach ache and is expected to join the action in FP2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1’48.975    
2 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 1’49.103 0.128 0.128
3 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1’49.396 0.421 0.293
4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 1’49.579 0.604 0.183
5 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1’49.595 0.620 0.016
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1’49.625 0.650 0.030
7 11 Nicolò BULEGA Kalex 1’49.837 0.862 0.212
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1’49.877 0.902 0.040
9 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1’49.900 0.925 0.023
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1’49.935 0.960 0.035
11 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1’49.979 1.004 0.044
12 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1’50.215 1.240 0.236
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1’50.241 1.266 0.026
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1’50.388 1.413 0.147
15 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1’50.484 1.509 0.096
16 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1’50.693 1.718 0.209
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1’50.714 1.739 0.021
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1’50.727 1.752 0.013
19 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 1’50.744 1.769 0.017
20 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1’50.804 1.829 0.060
21 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1’50.871 1.896 0.067
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1’50.923 1.948 0.052
23 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1’51.055 2.080 0.132
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1’51.337 2.362 0.282
25 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1’51.767 2.792 0.430
26 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 1’51.977 3.002 0.210
27 74 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS 1’52.443 3.468 0.466
28 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1’53.681 4.706 1.238
  96 Jake DIXON Kalex      



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