2017 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3 Result: Oliveira Escapes Crash Epidemic

If you skipped the previous FP3 sessions, you would never guess the struggles of the premier class judging by the clear and sunny skies that welcomed the Moto2 grid. Back to slicks it was but the intermediate class still had to face jumpers & gloves conditions.

On a drying track, not only did the times tumble but also the riders themselves, with some fast crashes for the likes of Iker Lecuona, Lorenzo Baldassarri or Axel Pons. Miguel Oliveira escaped that faith to set himself at the top of the timesheets early in the session and holding station through the brief lull caused by some new drops of rain falling in the final fifteen minutes. The Portuguese rider went on to improve his own time and put a gap of six tenths into the pursuers.

A late improvement from Pecco Bagnaia reduced the gap to three tenths, while an excellent effort from Simone Corsi pushed him up to third despite the Italian missing significant track action on Friday. Franco Morbidelli didn’t set the session alight but the world championship leader played it safe into fourth position, seven tenths off the lead. Brad Binder has had one of his better practice sessions this season with a fifth place eight tenths off the pace of his teammate.

Marcel Schrotter also joined the crash list in turn four while running second in the session, the late improvers dropping him to sixth position. Remy Gardner also had an impressive morning in seventh spot, despite a very late slip in turn six. The top ten was completed by Andrea Locatelli, Jesko Raffin and Sandro Cortese, the final trio to post a time within a second of Oliveira.

Amongst some of the other usual suspects, Alex Marquez gave himself a wake-up call with a trek through the grass in turn eight in the debut of the session and the Spaniard failed to improve in the later stages of the session to finish eleventh. Mattia Pasini also showed a soft spot for the gravel trap in turn ten in the final ten minutes and could not do any better than thirteenth. Tom Luthi ended up in a lowly fifteenth position but only trailing his title rival by three tenths. Friday leader Takaaki Nakagami had a pretty unlucky day, joining the action late, causing an incident with Edgar Pons due to the cold conditions and only completing six times laps – good enough for twenty-third spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'33.919    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'34.240 0.321 0.321
3 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.546 0.627 0.306
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'34.695 0.776 0.149
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'34.744 0.825 0.049
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'34.771 0.852 0.027
7 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'34.883 0.964 0.112
8 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'34.888 0.969 0.005
9 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'34.901 0.982 0.013
10 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'34.910 0.991 0.009
11 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.926 1.007 0.016
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'34.952 1.033 0.026
13 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.967 1.048 0.015
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'34.977 1.058 0.010
15 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'35.006 1.087 0.029
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'35.422 1.503 0.416
17 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'35.476 1.557 0.054
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'35.505 1.586 0.029
19 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'35.547 1.628 0.042
20 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'35.590 1.671 0.043
21 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'35.601 1.682 0.011
22 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.608 1.689 0.007
23 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'36.020 2.101 0.412
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'36.105 2.186 0.085
25 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'36.106 2.187 0.001
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.115 2.196 0.009
27 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'36.170 2.251 0.055
28 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'36.276 2.357 0.106
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'36.677 2.758 0.401
30 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.163 3.244 0.486
31 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'40.489 6.570 3.326

 

Round Number: 
16
2017
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