2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 FP3 Result: Fenati Joins The Party

What began as another session dominated by Aron Canet – easily the fastest rider in the first two practices – ended with dual surprises when Jorge Martin and then Romano Fenati pushed the young Spaniard off the top of the timesheet at the session’s end.

Fenati’s 2’16.273 – the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend so far -- came on his final lap at Saturday’s FP3 under cool conditions and cloudy skies. Jorge Martin finished the session at the Circuit of the Americas track two-tenths back with Canet another two-tenths in arrears to end the session as third quickest.

The trio were the only three riders to drop into the 2’16s. Darryn Binder led the 2'17 pack with the fourth fastest time -- a leap forward from his FP2 time that left him down at 15th on the timesheet. Enea Bastianini (5th) appears to be be finding more consistency than he has shown in his first two races. Nicolo Bulega, who neared the top of the timesheet early in the session, was pushed down to sixth near the end of practice. 

Canet dominated the session early on the first rider to drop into the 2'17s. Bulega briefly pushed the 17-year-old, second-year rider into second but then Canet answered back with the first 2'16 lap of the session. He would hold that top spot for nearly all of FP3 but riders began inching closer. First Martin and then Fenati pushed him back and the final seconds ticked away. Canet, however, also appeared to be on a fast final lap when he was balked by another rider.

Joan Mir, winner of the first two races in 2017, ended the session in 14th place more than a second off the pace.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'16.273    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'16.479 0.206 / 0.206
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'16.770 0.497 / 0.291
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'17.049 0.776 / 0.279
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'17.117 0.844 / 0.068
6 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'17.151 0.878 / 0.034
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'17.191 0.918 / 0.040
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'17.311 1.038 / 0.120
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'17.423 1.150 / 0.112
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'17.498 1.225 / 0.075
11 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'17.500 1.227 / 0.002
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'17.550 1.277 / 0.050
13 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'17.634 1.361 / 0.084
14 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'17.654 1.381 / 0.020
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'17.658 1.385 / 0.004
16 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'17.987 1.714 / 0.329
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.009 1.736 / 0.022
18 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'18.219 1.946 / 0.210
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'18.261 1.988 / 0.042
20 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.320 2.047 / 0.059
21 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'18.432 2.159 / 0.112
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'18.565 2.292 / 0.133
23 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'18.654 2.381 / 0.089
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'18.708 2.435 / 0.054
25 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'18.812 2.539 / 0.104
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'19.322 3.049 / 0.510
27 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'19.328 3.055 / 0.006
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'19.354 3.081 / 0.026
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'19.373 3.100 / 0.019
30 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'19.435 3.162 / 0.062
31 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 2'19.951 3.678 / 0.516
32 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'20.771 4.498 / 0.820

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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