With four consecutive podiums in the last races, Franco Morbidelli seemed to have gotten a taste for top positions, the Estrella Galicia rider being the first leader of the session. Just as Jonas Folger took over at the top of the pack, a red flag popped up with thirty-seven minutes to go, due to some fluid spilling in turn fourteen following a crash for Takaaki Nakagami. It was a rough morning for Nakagami, the Japanese rider having a few moments before the bike finally threw him off, luckily without consequences.
After the session was resumed, Thomas Luthi looked like threatening Folger’s position, getting as close as a tenth of a second before putting in a fast set of laps at the end to grab the top position. Foger lost second position too as Simone Corsi sneaked ahead of him in the final minutes.