2017 Motegi Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Masters Slippery Surface

After the relative deluge of FP1, the weather gods looked upon the second practice session more kindly, easing the rain and only marginally warming it up. A touch more visibility and fewer drops of rain gave a tad too much confidence to the lightweight class though, who opened proceedings for the afternoon with plenty of slips and slides all over the place.

No such thing for Romano Fenati, the Italian taking that extra step to lead the session early on. Without his teammate’s tail to follow, Nicolo Bulega took a bit more time to challenge but was soon back in charge, over three tenths ahead of Fenati and with a significant gap behind them. Niccolo Antonelli finally stole their thunder with fifteen minutes remaining, the KTM rider leading the Italian trio and leaving the rest of the challengers over a second behind.

In the changing conditions and with the added rubber post-FP1, riders found it hard to get anywhere near their morning benchmarks. Things looked settled until the rain master struck and Fenati retook the lead as the checker flag waved. Antonelli got close to reclaiming the honour but missed out by six thousandths of a second. Bulega finished third, nearly two tenths down, while Aron Canet eventually managed to reduce the gap to Fenati to only three tenths.

The final two men to get within a second of the leader’s time were two pleasant surprises, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Manuel Pagliani impressing in fifth and sixth positions. Andrea Migno was the best of the rest, the Italian unable to replicate his FP1 performance and ending up seventh. The top ten was completed by Tatsuki Suzuki, Albert Arenas and Enea Bastianini.

Jorge Martin put in some more mileage in the afternoon session but could only climb as high as thirteenth. Championship leader Joan Mir showed a tiny chink in his armour after he crashed in the final seven minutes, while running nineteenth and dropping two more places as a result. Still, his day wasn’t as bad as Bo Bendsneyder’s, the Dutchman crashing out twice in turn five in the same session to finish right behind Mir.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'10.628    
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'10.634 0.006 0.006
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'10.806 0.178 0.172
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'10.953 0.325 0.147
5 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'11.354 0.726 0.401
6 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'11.512 0.884 0.158
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'11.642 1.014 0.130
8 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'11.652 1.024 0.010
9 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'11.839 1.211 0.187
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'11.848 1.220 0.009
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'11.902 1.274 0.054
12 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'12.016 1.388 0.114
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'12.447 1.819 0.431
14 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'12.720 2.092 0.273
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'12.976 2.348 0.256
16 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'13.115 2.487 0.139
17 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'13.139 2.511 0.024
18 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'13.480 2.852 0.341
19 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'13.518 2.890 0.038
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'13.645 3.017 0.127
21 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'13.682 3.054 0.037
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'13.698 3.070 0.016
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'13.841 3.213 0.143
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'14.147 3.519 0.306
25 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.217 3.589 0.070
26 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'14.298 3.670 0.081
27 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'14.412 3.784 0.114
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'15.427 4.799 1.015
29 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'15.748 5.120 0.321
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'16.923 6.295 1.175
31 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 2'18.287 7.659 1.364
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Great to see Tom Toparis make his debut in Moto3. Tom is a good young rider. I hope things go well for him. Apparently Tom has a ride next weekend at Phillip Island, at least he knows which way the track goes at P.I. Good luck to T.T. and the Cube racing team.

Seven seconds a lap off the pace in Qualifying. seven and a bit. At that pace he will be lapped. Tom must learn to go faster quickly

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