2014 Sepang Moto3 FP3: McPhee Slipstreams To The Top

John McPhee has ended the third Moto3 free practice session at the top of the time sheets after some excellent strategic riding, under perfect sunny conditions the young Scotsman took full advantage of the slipstream available down the final two straights to post a lap time of 2:12.734. The Honda rider's time was almost four tenths quicker than the rest of the field, just shy of a second quicker than anyone could manage yesterday and inside lap record pace. Isaac Vinales posted the second fastest time ahead of Alex Marquez, Jakub Kornfeil and Efren Vazquez.

Brad Binder recovered from his mechanical issues on Friday to take sixth spot while ever-improving rookie rider Juanfran Guevara claimed seventh followed by Miguel Oliveira, Danny Kent and Jack Miller. Miller once again showed his displeasure at riders trying to gain a tow around the lengthy Malaysian circuit, slipstreaming and the ability to keep a cool head will be crucial in this afternoon's Qualifying session. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Prev
1 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'12.734    
2 32 Isaac VIÑALES KTM 2'13.086 0.352 0.352
3 12 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 2'13.300 0.566 0.214
4 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'13.367 0.633 0.067
5 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 2'13.395 0.661 0.028
6 41 Brad BINDER Mahindra 2'13.442 0.708 0.047
7 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Kalex KTM 2'13.464 0.730 0.022
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Mahindra 2'13.526 0.792 0.062
9 52 Danny KENT Husqvarna 2'13.567 0.833 0.041
10 8 Jack MILLER KTM 2'13.593 0.859 0.026
11 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Honda 2'13.918 1.184 0.325
12 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 2'14.218 1.484 0.300
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI KTM 2'14.420 1.686 0.202
14 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 2'14.603 1.869 0.183
15 5 Romano FENATI KTM 2'14.667 1.933 0.064
16 31 Niklas AJO Husqvarna 2'14.670 1.936 0.003
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'14.783 2.049 0.113
18 21 Francesco BAGNAIA KTM 2'14.787 2.053 0.004
19 42 Alex RINS Honda 2'14.793 2.059 0.006
20 99 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex KTM 2'14.818 2.084 0.025
21 16 Andrea MIGNO Mahindra 2'14.836 2.102 0.018
22 2 Remy GARDNER KTM 2'15.103 2.369 0.267
23 38 Hafiq AZMI KTM 2'15.472 2.738 0.369
24 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 2'15.572 2.838 0.100
25 95 Jules DANILO Mahindra 2'15.602 2.868 0.030
26 43 Luca GRÜNWALD Kalex KTM 2'15.677 2.943 0.075
27 93 Ramdan ROSLI KTM 2'15.694 2.960 0.017
28 3 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 2'15.969 3.235 0.275
29 9 Scott DEROUE Kalex KTM 2'16.066 3.332 0.097
30 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Mahindra 2'16.097 3.363 0.031
31 65 Philipp OETTL Kalex KTM 2'16.112 3.378 0.015
32 13 Jasper IWEMA Mahindra 2'16.475 3.741 0.363
33 88 Hafiza ROFA KTM 2'16.589 3.855 0.114
34 4 Gabriel RAMOS Kalex KTM 2'17.813 5.079 1.224

 

Round Number: 
17
2014
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