2017 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: Bulega Leads Another Damp Session

Cold, dark and humid – isn’t France lovely? The endless talk about weather in Le Mans doesn’t look like ending anytime soon, with a damp circuit waiting for the lightweight class in the third practice session.

The Italian brigade attacked the top of the timesheets from the start, with Marco Bezzecchi, Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Dalla Porta holding the lead temporarily, while the likes of Joan Mir and Jorge Martin were sitting comfortably in their garages waiting for the track to dry.

Antonelli was the first rider to set a time faster than the benchmark set on Friday by Adam Norrodin, the Italian putting his name at the top of the timesheets for most of the session, before Nicolo Bulega took over with three minutes left of FP3.  

Another Italian sneaked into second position, Dalla Porta over two tenths slower than Bulega. Albert Arenas was a further tenth down in third spot, with the pleasant surprise of Manuel Pagliani in fourth.

The final Spaniard in the top ten was Aron Canet in fifth position, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider followed by Antonelli, much-debated wildcard Danny Kent and an impressive Nakarin Atiratphuvapat occupying eight position after featuring heavily at the top of the standings all throughout FP3.

Joan Mir finished thirteenth, with Jorge Martin twenty-sixth, the two riders only putting in a handful of laps towards the end of the session. Romano Fenati was a little more prolific in terms of quantity of laps but he still finished twenty-second and over four tenths faster than John McPhee, the Scotsman still struggling down in twenty-fifth position.

Gabriel Rodrigo has been declared unfit for the rest of the weekend after crashing on Friday and damaging his recently operated collarbone.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'50.175    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'50.424 0.249 0.249
3 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'50.529 0.354 0.105
4 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'50.595 0.420 0.066
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'50.641 0.466 0.046
6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'50.684 0.509 0.043
7 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'50.705 0.530 0.021
8 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'50.755 0.580 0.050
9 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'50.979 0.804 0.224
10 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.260 1.085 0.281
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'51.589 1.414 0.329
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'51.642 1.467 0.053
13 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'51.769 1.594 0.127
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.793 1.618 0.024
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'51.806 1.631 0.013
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.180 2.005 0.374
17 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'52.225 2.050 0.045
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.427 2.252 0.202
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'52.574 2.399 0.147
20 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'52.604 2.429 0.030
21 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'52.650 2.475 0.046
22 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'52.688 2.513 0.038
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'52.691 2.516 0.003
24 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'52.704 2.529 0.013
25 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'53.134 2.959 0.430
26 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'53.140 2.965 0.006
27 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'53.217 3.042 0.077
28 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'53.253 3.078 0.036
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'53.737 3.562 0.484
30 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'54.027 3.852 0.290
31 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.668 4.493 0.641

 

Round Number: 
5
2017
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