2015 Phillip Island Moto3 FP1 Result: Oliveira Leads Kent In Opening Session

Miguel Oliveira has stamped his authority on the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Phillip Island. The Red Bull KTM rider picked up his pace in the second half of the session, increasing his pace lap by lap to first match the time of championship leader Danny Kent, then leave Kent behind. It was an animated Kent who returned to his garage, though he had a very strong session, leading for most of the way, and ending 2nd behind Oliveira, but more importantly, finishing half a second ahead of the man who finished in 3rd, Efren Vazquez.

Brad Binder took 4th, making it two Red Bull KTM riders in the top four, finishing ahead of Romano Fenati in 5th. It was a tough start for the other two Italian favorites, Niccolo Antonelli suffering a very fast crash at Turn 1, and ending the session in 10th, while Enea Bastianini just struggled to find speed, finishing FP1 way down in 18th spot, over a second and a half slower than his championship rival Danny Kent. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.209    
2 52 Danny Kent Honda 1'37.419 0.210 0.210
3 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 1'37.876 0.667 0.457
4 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'38.091 0.882 0.215
5 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'38.148 0.939 0.057
6 32 Isaac Viñales KTM 1'38.188 0.979 0.040
7 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 1'38.209 1.000 0.021
8 98 Karel Hanika KTM 1'38.383 1.174 0.174
9 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'38.558 1.349 0.175
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'38.608 1.399 0.050
11 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'38.701 1.492 0.093
12 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 1'38.736 1.527 0.035
13 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'38.885 1.676 0.149
14 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 1'38.960 1.751 0.075
15 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'38.986 1.777 0.026
16 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'39.069 1.860 0.083
17 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 1'39.076 1.867 0.007
18 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'39.100 1.891 0.024
19 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'39.183 1.974 0.083
20 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'39.244 2.035 0.061
21 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'39.361 2.152 0.117
22 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 1'39.378 2.169 0.017
23 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'39.397 2.188 0.019
24 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 1'39.490 2.281 0.093
25 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 1'39.658 2.449 0.168
26 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 1'39.783 2.574 0.125
27 29 Stefano Manzi Mahindra 1'39.796 2.587 0.013
28 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'39.980 2.771 0.184
29 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Husqvarna 1'40.120 2.911 0.140
30 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'40.151 2.942 0.031
31 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 1'40.199 2.990 0.048
32 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'40.774 3.565 0.575
33 35 Olly Simpson KTM 1'40.940 3.731 0.166
34 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 1'41.075 3.866 0.135
  14 Matt Barton FTR 1'47.534 10.325 6.459
  63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM      
Round Number: 
16
2015
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I know that he's moving to new team next year and doesn't feel at home at EG MVDS team but his form has REALLY taken a nosedive... he went from being a constant frontrunner in his first few races to being 26th and 2.5 seconds. I wonder if this is just lack of motivation or his accident a few weeks ago still haunting him.