2017 Motegi Moto3 FP3 Result: Pagliani Clears The Puddles

Another day in Japan, another round of rain hit the track as the action unfolded. A bit less spray was getting kicked up by the lightweight machines but a touch of drizzle ensured that the track conditions were constant and more useful to the teams.

Niccolo Antonelli had a typical morning, the Italian crashing out in turn four after the first fifteen minutes of the session just as he placed himself on top of the pile. While his leathers got a bit of a rinse and the bike got a service, compatriot Manuel Pagliani picked up the pace and went on to steal top spot. The Mahindra rider was clearly happy with the grip available, posting increasingly fast laps as if he was on rails, putting half a second’s gap into his pursuers – and as soon as someone got close, the Italian would just improve further to become the only rider to drop into the 2:09s.

Tatsuki Suzuki brought a smile to the local crowd by putting his Honda in the top two, only nine hundredths of a second keeping him away from the top achievement in the session. Nicolo Bulega overcame some technical niggles in the start of the session to go and challenge for top honours but the SKY rider only managed to cut the deficit to three tenths of a second, despite being Pagliani’s most consistent challenger.

Romano Fenati didn’t show his cards from the beginning but eventually made the jump into fourth place, three tenths down on the leader. Joan Mir was also appreciative of the less extreme conditions and dragged himself into fifth, another three tenths behind his main title rival. Aron Canet is still technically into the fight as well, the Spaniard trailing the world championship leader by a tenth of a second in the morning session.

Albert Arenas and Juanfran Guevara were the final two men to post a time within a second of Pagliani’s, with Enea Bastianini and Philipp Oettl completing the top ten close behind.

Jorge Martin picked up some pace late into the session to make the jump to eleventh position. With the damage to his bike, Antonelli was unable to rejoin for the rest of the session but the KTM rider’s initial five laps were good enough to secure him thirteenth place.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'09.935    
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'10.031 0.096 0.096
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'10.220 0.285 0.189
4 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'10.235 0.300 0.015
5 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'10.539 0.604 0.304
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'10.697 0.762 0.158
7 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'10.797 0.862 0.100
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'10.888 0.953 0.091
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'11.188 1.253 0.300
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'11.202 1.267 0.014
11 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'11.239 1.304 0.037
12 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'11.242 1.307 0.003
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'11.272 1.337 0.030
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'11.285 1.350 0.013
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'11.330 1.395 0.045
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'11.346 1.411 0.016
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'11.348 1.413 0.002
18 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'11.349 1.414 0.001
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'11.509 1.574 0.160
20 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'11.640 1.705 0.131
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'11.669 1.734 0.029
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'11.731 1.796 0.062
23 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'11.977 2.042 0.246
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'12.311 2.376 0.334
25 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'12.395 2.460 0.084
26 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'12.507 2.572 0.112
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'12.538 2.603 0.031
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'12.765 2.830 0.227
29 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'12.790 2.855 0.025
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'14.922 4.987 2.132
31 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 2'18.292 8.357 3.370

 

Round Number: 
15
2017
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