Dennis Foggia opens his weekend in P1.
Dennis Foggia and Darryn Binder were the quickest two riders in the FP1 session, the duo leading the field by 0.300 seconds proving a point very early on at the Cathedral of Speed which has been resurfaced since we last arrived here in 2019. We have a few new changes and arrivals in the lightweight class with Filip Salac leaving the Snipers Team and is being replaced by Italian rider Alberto Surra with Salac returning in Styria with the PrustelGP team replacing his friend Jason Dupasquier.
Foggia and Binder were the quickest riders leading Andrea Migno in third place, Migno a huge 0.338 from the time set by Foggia despite only being in third place as the Italians dominate the top 6, all of them either current or ex-VR46 Riders Academy riders with Romano Fenati also joining the Italians in fourth and Niccolo Antonelli in P6 squeezing Rodrigo into P5.
Last time out winner Pedro Acosta took a decent P7, impressive given it’s the first time he’s been here in the world championship, it’s worth pointing out he has raced here in the Red Bull Rookies cup but it’s interesting to see him so high up given the difference between the spec of the rookies and WC bikes, he leads Tatsuki Suzuki in P8 and John McPhee in P9, McPhee only 0.692 seconds off and suffering the worst luck his career has ever seen.
A rider who is showing some strong promise this year is Stefano Nepa, the Italian takes a P10 in this session and given his recent form we can expect him to be battling much higher over the race weekend as he leads Sergio Garcia then Jeremy Alcoba who will likely tell everyone he finished in P2 this session if you remember his Sachsenring antics.
Jaume Masia suffered a huge high side early into the session and only completed 10 laps of the session.
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