2017 Motegi Moto3 FP1 Result: Bulega Sets Sail

The first day back at the office after three long weeks of waiting turned out to be a challenging affair, rain soaking the Japanese circuit throughout the morning session. Nonetheless, the lightweight class behaved in the tricky conditions and only a touch of repair work was required.

Nicolo Bulega enjoyed some rare time in the limelight as early leader of the session, the Italian trading not only track position but also top spot with teammate Andrea Migno and leaving the field over a second down in the process. The KTM was looking fine in wet conditions, the SKY duo putting in almost race distance on the rain tyres and still posting red sector times in the final few minutes. The friendly duel was decided at the flag after both riders broke into the 2:09s on their final lap, Bulega little over a tenth of a second ahead of Migno.

While the leading duo was doing 2:10s early in the session, the pursuers waited until the final five minutes to make it into the 2:11s. Romano Fenati was the first rival to worry his compatriots’ times and the only one to eventually join them in the 2:09s. Close but not close enough, Fenati finished the session third, three tenths down on the leader. Another tenth adrift was Aron Canet in fourth position, the Spaniard being the final rider within a second of the leader.

Manuel Pagliani made a late jump into fifth spot but nearly seven tenths slower than Canet and with compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio a further three tenths down.

Adam Norrodin, Niccolo Antonelli and Tatsuki Suzuki also made the best of the rainy morning, the trio over a second and a half adrift of Bulega. Adding to the KTM parade was Bo Bendsneyder in tenth place, the Dutchman looking like challenging the SKY domination early into the session.

The only (and arguably most important) title contender missing from the top ten configuration was Joan Mir, the championship leader taking it easy into fourteenth place, over two seconds down on the leaders. Jorge Martin also left his rivals to test the waters – almost literally – before joining them about ten minutes into the session. The Spaniard only posted eleven timed laps to finish twenty-second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'09.577    
2 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'09.705 0.128 0.128
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'09.896 0.319 0.191
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'10.068 0.491 0.172
5 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'10.759 1.182 0.691
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'11.055 1.478 0.296
7 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'11.105 1.528 0.050
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'11.240 1.663 0.135
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'11.429 1.852 0.189
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'11.477 1.900 0.048
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'11.526 1.949 0.049
12 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'11.880 2.303 0.354
13 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'11.952 2.375 0.072
14 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'12.152 2.575 0.200
15 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'12.218 2.641 0.066
16 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'12.305 2.728 0.087
17 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'12.394 2.817 0.089
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'12.404 2.827 0.010
19 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'12.500 2.923 0.096
20 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'12.563 2.986 0.063
21 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'12.663 3.086 0.100
22 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'12.683 3.106 0.020
23 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'12.909 3.332 0.226
24 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'13.110 3.533 0.201
25 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'13.310 3.733 0.200
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'13.431 3.854 0.121
27 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'14.173 4.596 0.742
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'15.592 6.015 1.419
29 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'15.736 6.159 0.144
  27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'18.961 9.384 3.225
  70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 2'19.657 10.080 0.696
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2017
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