2017 Aragon Moto3 FP3 Result: Martin Flies Through The Mist

After the Friday washout, the paddock would have been relieved to see that a bit of mist was all they had to contend with this morning.  Jorge Martin was one to welcome the dry conditions most, the Spaniard finally able and willing to run for the entire length of the session. The Gresini rider led the beginning of the session and bookended his morning by taking back the lead on his final lap in full qualifying trim. The soft tyre gave him a helping hand in getting within a tenth of a second of pole record at the track, the Spaniard sort of stealing the start on qualifying while most of his rivals were on the medium tyre.

An off-track excursion did not hinder John McPhee much either, the Scotsman chasing the Sky Racing duo on their hot laps in the final few minutes and getting a helpful tow. Having briefly held the lead, the British Talent Team rider was eventually demoted to second but McPhee and was the only rider to post a time within a second of the lead Spaniard.

Not one to need a risk at the moment, Joan Mir had a cautious start to his day towards the bottom of the timesheets until the final five minutes. The world championship leader might have left it late but he was no slouch, leading before getting pushed down to third position.

After showing decent speed the previous day, Nicolo Bulega benefited from a drier cleaner track to pick up some more speed and be the first rider of the day to beat Canet’s Friday benchmark halfway through the session. Of course the achievement did not last but the Italian would have been satisfied with a fourth place, only a tenth behind Mir. Ayumu Sasaki was not far behind either, only two hundredths of a second separating him from the Italian ahead. And talking of Italians, Dennis Foggia continued his impressive showing with a sixth place in the fully dry session, only three tenths off the top were it not for Martin’s blistering last lap.

Despite the massive nine tenths chasm behind Martin, positions seven to twelve were separated by mere hundredths of a second, starting with compatriots Marcos Ramirez and Juanfran Guevara, who had a much better time in the dry than on Friday. An Italian duo completed the top ten, with Fabio di Giannantonio ninth and Enea Bastianini tenth.

Seemingly working on race pace on Friday, Romano Fenati started the day on used tyres and left it late to take on new rubber. The Italian posted a few fast laps but his final hot lap was hindered by a mechanical after starting the lap with a red sector. That dropped him down to eleventh position by the end of the session.

Friday leader Aron Canet had an even less fortunate morning, the Spaniard’s cold rear tyre spitting him off the bike in the final minutes of the session and sending him towards the medical centre in a bit of pain. The misfortune saw his pushed down all the way to sixteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'57.833    
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'58.761 0.928 0.928
3 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'58.860 1.027 0.099
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.965 1.132 0.105
5 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'58.989 1.156 0.024
6 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'59.112 1.279 0.123
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'59.123 1.290 0.011
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'59.174 1.341 0.051
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.222 1.389 0.048
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'59.224 1.391 0.002
11 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.231 1.398 0.007
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.252 1.419 0.021
13 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'59.501 1.668 0.249
14 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'59.578 1.745 0.077
15 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'59.778 1.945 0.200
16 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'59.861 2.028 0.083
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'59.863 2.030 0.002
18 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'00.003 2.170 0.140
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'00.069 2.236 0.066
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'00.089 2.256 0.020
21 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'00.121 2.288 0.032
22 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'00.134 2.301 0.013
23 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda 2'00.265 2.432 0.131
24 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'00.292 2.459 0.027
25 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'00.312 2.479 0.020
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'00.534 2.701 0.222
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'00.914 3.081 0.380
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'01.063 3.230 0.149
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'01.188 3.355 0.125
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'01.267 3.434 0.079
31 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'01.434 3.601 0.167
32 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'01.743 3.910 0.309
33 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'01.907 4.074 0.164

 

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