2017 Barcelona Moto3 FP3 Result: A Rare Estrella Galicia Monopoly

The lightweight class was left with a new challenge for Saturday after the Safety Commission decided to revert to the F1 layout used last year for the final chicane; which didn’t change much for the Moto3 teams, other than some extra information from 2016 and some track limits infringements while the riders were getting (re)acquainted with the right way around.

The usual hierarchy wasn’t disturbed either, familiar suspects trading the lead throughout the session, first Joan Mir, then Romano Fenati and finally Jorge Martin occupying the top on the timesheets until the qualifying dummy run started in the final five minutes. Then it was Estrella Galicia’s time to shine, Aron Canet putting in a late lap and a nice save to top another session in Catalunya.

Teammate Enea Bastianini made the most out of his experience around the circuit, and grabbed second position, barely three hundredths of a second keeping him behind the man sharing his garage. Mir was also within a second of the leader, in third spot.

Martin looked like he would claim the top position before making a series of mistakes on his final laps, which saw him settle for fourth. John McPhee found some pace to place fifth. Niccolo Antonelli in sixth and as high as second at one point was a welcome sight, especially for Aki Ajo, while Fenati dropped to seventh.

Nicolo Bulega and Fabio Di Giannantonio looked to have lost some speed overnight, the Italian duo spending all session towards the end of the top ten, Bulega finishing ninth behind Gabriel Rodrigo, while Di Giannantonio could not do better than twelfth, over a second down on the leader.

Junafran Guevara had been leading the session early on but slid out on his final fast run and dropped down to fifteenth place.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.966    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'53.998 0.032 0.032
3 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'54.035 0.069 0.037
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'54.293 0.327 0.258
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'54.341 0.375 0.048
6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'54.458 0.492 0.117
7 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'54.551 0.585 0.093
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.666 0.700 0.115
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'54.735 0.769 0.069
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.805 0.839 0.070
11 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'54.938 0.972 0.133
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.995 1.029 0.057
13 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'55.006 1.040 0.011
14 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'55.023 1.057 0.017
15 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'55.092 1.126 0.069
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'55.102 1.136 0.010
17 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'55.140 1.174 0.038
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'55.174 1.208 0.034
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'55.176 1.210 0.002
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'55.188 1.222 0.012
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'55.203 1.237 0.015
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'55.213 1.247 0.010
23 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.525 1.559 0.312
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'55.694 1.728 0.169
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'55.943 1.977 0.249
26 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'55.944 1.978 0.001
27 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'55.946 1.980 0.002
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'56.093 2.127 0.147
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'56.229 2.263 0.136
30 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'56.356 2.390 0.127
31 81 Aleix VIU KTM 1'56.907 2.941 0.551
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'57.066 3.100 0.159

 

Round Number: 
7
2017
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