After topping Friday practice, Spanish riders Canet additionally set the pace at his first qualifying session with former MotoGP star Max Biaggi’s brand new KTM squad, beating Leopard Honda riders Lorenzo Dalla Porta by 0.197 seconds by the conclusion of a new-look session.
Both Moto 3 and Moto2 possess changed to a MotoGP-style two-part qualifying format to its 20-19 season, with the very best 14 from practice procuring automatic Q2 berths.
The 15 riders were left to fight it out to join the rod shootout.
Sky VR46 newcomer Celestino Vietti topped the opening session with a best lap of 2m06.689therefore, with John McPhee (Petronas SRT), Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) and Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto) joining the Italian making it to Q2.
First to dive underneath Vietti’s benchmark in Q2 has been Romano Fenati (Snipers Team) with a 2m06.681therefore, followed by teammate Tony Arbolino and Kaito Toba (Team Asia).
Toba’s benchmark stood for a minute before it was bettered by Canet, who put himself a quarter of a second clear with a 2m05.883so using four minutes left on the clock.
At the chequered flag, Dalla Porta grabbed moment in front of Toba, while Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) transferred to fourth in front of McPhee and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58).
Fenati – rear at after losing his ride Moto 3 this year with his older Snipers outfit – did not leave the pits over time to begin what should have been his final flying lap.
The Italian begins Sunday’s season opener 1 place ahead of Gresini rider Gabriel Rodrigo, who has recovered in breaking his right collar bone in testing.
A year ago’s Valencia Moto 3 winner Can Oncu (Ajo) will begin his first race like a fulltime rider in 18th after end up slowest of Q2.