2017 Phillip Island Moto3 FP2 Result: Mir Reclaims Control

Marginally warmer and with some extra layers of rubber on the circuit, the lightweight class did not need a lot of time to drop their times significantly under their FP1 benchmarks all throughout the field. In the improved conditions, one-lap king Jorge Martin stole the show early in the session and left the world championship leader to do all the work to catch up. And so he did, Joan Mir taking over the lead past the halfway mark of FP2.

The star in the final part of the session was Bo Bendsneyder, the sizeable Dutch rider aided slightly by his stature in the windy conditions while finding his way to the top. Bendsneyder was not the first to drop into the 1:37s but when he did, he immediately put a three-tenths’ gap into the challengers. The time looked unchallenged until the very last handful of minutes, when the main characters resumed battle.

Even without the late rapid lap nearly nudging the 1:36s and bagging him the session, Mir’s strong pace would be a good enough reason to worry his rivals. Aron Canet kept away from drama this time around and a late lap saw him cut Mir’s advantage in half - to little over two tenths of a second. That caused Bendsneyder to drop to third position in the session, half a second down.

Another tenth down was a refreshed Gabriel Rodrigo, whose inconsistency swayed once again towards the top end of the times, in fourth position. Early leader Martin found himself losing ground despite some late improvements of his own and finished fifth.

After his acrobatics in the morning session, Romano Fenati lost some more track time with additional alterations in the garage. Once he did get out, the Italian remained significantly off the pace until the final three minutes when he jumped some twenty places to finish sixth.

Juanfran Guevara in seventh position and Tatsuki Suzuki in eighth were mere hundredths of a second behind, with FP1 leader Nicolo Bulega in ninth and Marcos Ramirez completing the top ten as the final man within a second of the leader.

The likes of Niccolo Antonelli, Ayumu Sasaki and Enea Bastianini had contrasting sessions after starting the day at the top end of the timesheets, the trio seemingly struggling over one second off the pace the second time around.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'37.111    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'37.341 0.230 0.230
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'37.622 0.511 0.281
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'37.748 0.637 0.126
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.887 0.776 0.139
6 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'37.968 0.857 0.081
7 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'38.004 0.893 0.036
8 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'38.007 0.896 0.003
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'38.072 0.961 0.065
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'38.103 0.992 0.031
11 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'38.147 1.036 0.044
12 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'38.242 1.131 0.095
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'38.357 1.246 0.115
14 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'38.492 1.381 0.135
15 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'38.494 1.383 0.002
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'38.505 1.394 0.011
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'38.564 1.453 0.059
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'38.564 1.453  
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'38.803 1.692 0.239
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'38.892 1.781 0.089
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'38.925 1.814 0.033
22 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'38.956 1.845 0.031
23 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'39.059 1.948 0.103
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'39.133 2.022 0.074
25 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'39.197 2.086 0.064
26 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'39.436 2.325 0.239
27 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 1'41.097 3.986 1.661
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'41.550 4.439 0.453
29 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'41.587 4.476 0.037
30 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 1'42.854 5.743 1.267
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'51.444 14.333 8.590

 

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