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Changeable weather is dominating the final round of the championship: there was fine rain in the free practice sessions on Friday, and in the qualifying sessions today there were strong gusts of wind but also some sun to reward a good number of fans with an intense day’s qualifying.
Moto3™ proved to be a popular category, with 56 riders in contention. Facing such fierce competition, the eventual pole-position rider Rodrigo Gabriel (ARG-KTM) went out early and set an unbeatable time of 1:40.369 in the morning session, bringing him his second pole of the season. Jorge Navarro (SPA-Honda) - already wearing the colors of the team he will be joining next season - nabbed the second fastest time on his antepenultimate lap of the afternoon session. Champion Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) will start from the third slot on the grid tomorrow, with John McPhee (GBR-Honda), Albert Arenas (SPA-KTM) and Marcos Ramírez (SPA-Ioda) making up the second row.
Xavi Vierge (SPA-Tech 3) will lead off the Moto2™ race as he did in the previous event in Portugal. The Targobank Motorsport rider set a best time of 1:37.356 on his final lap of the afternoon session. Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) also set his best time in the second session to earn second place in the front row. Steven Odendaal (RSA Speedup) will join them, taking the third slot as he did in Catalonia, equaling his best qualifying finish of the season. Quickest Superstock 600 rider was Alex Siderol (SPA-Kawasaki).
In Superbike, Team Stratos rider Santi Barragán (SPA-Kawasaki) ends the season with his first pole position. He was the only rider to go under one minute 35 seconds in an intense qualifying session, in which less than a second separated the top six riders. To his right will be Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki), and Robertino Pietri (VEN-Kawasaki). Kenny Noyes (USA-Kawasaki) and Iván Silva (SPA-BMW) - leading riders in the overall ranking – will start from the second row. Ole Planssen (NOR-Ducati) proved to be the best privateer rider.
The race schedule for next Sunday is as follows:
11:00 Moto3 (18 laps)
12:00 Superbike (19 laps)
13:00 Moto2-Supertock 600 (19 laps)
14:00 Moto3 (18 laps)
15:00 Kawasaki Z Cup (18 laps)
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