2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 FP2 Result: Canet Minds The Gap

Aron Canet ended Friday as the pole-position favorite with another practice at the top of the timesheet at Circuit of the Americas. Canet's 2'16.750 was the fastest time of the day in Moto3 and it kept him seven-tenths clear of second-fastest rider Joan Mir. Romano Fenati continued his strong form with a third-best time. But that still left him nearly a second slower than Canet. 

Canet hardly faced a serious challenger the entire session. Within two laps of the start of FP2, Canet dropped into the 2’17s, only three-tenths from his best time from FP1. Then 10 minutes later, the second-year rider dipped into the 2’16s.  While he was reasonably quick here last year – the Spanish rider finished seventh at his rookie race at COTA – he hasn’t had a blistering 2017 so far with a fourth in Qatar and a 11th place finish in Argentina two weeks ago.

But Canet has found something at the technical 5.5 kilometer track in Texas. Not only was he the only rider in the 2’16s midway through practice, no other rider had even broken into the 2’17s with 17 minutes to go. With seven minutes left, Mir became the only the second rider into the 2'17s. By the end of the session, the top five riders had dipped into the 2'17s but none closer than seven-tenths to the leader. 

More worrisome for Canet's rivals, he was fastest in three of the four sectors and second fastest in the other in FP1. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'16.750    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'17.486 0.736 / 0.736  
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'17.632 0.882 / 0.146  
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'17.671 0.921 / 0.039  
5 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'17.778 1.028 / 0.107  
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.054 1.304 / 0.276  
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'18.074 1.324 / 0.020  
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'18.144 1.394 / 0.070  
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'18.162 1.412 / 0.018  
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'18.384 1.634 / 0.222  
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'18.408 1.658 / 0.024  
12 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'18.477 1.727 / 0.069  
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'18.478 1.728 / 0.001  
14 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'18.512 1.762 / 0.034  
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'18.566 1.816 / 0.054  
16 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.701 1.951 / 0.135  
17 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'18.703 1.953 / 0.002  
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'18.725 1.975 / 0.022  
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'18.850 2.100 / 0.125  
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'18.862 2.112 / 0.012  
21 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'18.869 2.119 / 0.007  
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'19.029 2.279 / 0.160  
23 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'19.211 2.461 / 0.182  
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'19.945 3.195 / 0.734  
25 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'19.970 3.220 / 0.025  
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'20.281 3.531 / 0.311  
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'20.384 3.634 / 0.103  
28 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'20.741 3.991 / 0.357  
29 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 2'20.773 4.023 / 0.032  
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'20.882 4.132 / 0.109  
31 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'21.523 4.773 / 0.641  
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'22.616 5.866 / 1.093  

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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