2018 Qatar Moto3 FP1 Result: Bestia Leads The Way

The Qatar sunshine finally gave us the first appetiser for the 2018 season in the shape of a hot track full of eager youngsters running in bright daylight. The 32 degrees air temperature didn’t seem to intimidate them much after a long winter break and the lightweight class started off with a low key session, a handful of crashes and the key protagonists shining through.

Enea Bastianini’s switch to the Leopard outfit debuted on a positive note, the Italian looking like a good fit for the reigning World Champion team and heading the first results sheet of the year. Despite Bastianini’s late headline-stealing lap time, the three big title favourites were split by only two hundredths of a second.

Aron Canet was another early FP1 leader but the Spaniard had to settle for second, missing out on the top honour by only nine thousandths of a second. The all Honda top three was completed by Jorge Martin, the pole master starting off his season just as fast as he finished in Valencia.

The rest of the field were left a little in the dust, literally and otherwise, with John McPhee impressing in fourth position but still eight tenths of a second down on the leader. The gaps were significantly smaller behind the Scotsman, with Marco Bezzechi three hundredths down in fifth, Andrea Migno another two thousandths of a second behind his compatriot and the final Italian within a second of the leader – Fabio di Giannantonio in seventh position.

The top ten was completed by Kaito Toba for the Honda Team Asia squad, the KTM of Jakub Kornfeil and the leader’s teammate, Lorenzo Dalla Porta.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'07.741    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'07.750 0.009 0.009
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'07.762 0.021 0.012
4 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'08.541 0.800 0.779
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'08.577 0.836 0.036
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'08.579 0.838 0.002
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'08.655 0.914 0.076
8 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'08.823 1.082 0.168
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'08.917 1.176 0.094
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'08.952 1.211 0.035
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'08.971 1.230 0.019
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'08.973 1.232 0.002
13 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'09.071 1.330 0.098
14 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.123 1.382 0.052
15 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'09.168 1.427 0.045
16 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'09.182 1.441 0.014
17 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'09.240 1.499 0.058
18 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'09.255 1.514 0.015
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'09.284 1.543 0.029
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'09.329 1.588 0.045
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'09.387 1.646 0.058
22 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'09.469 1.728 0.082
23 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'09.500 1.759 0.031
24 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'09.708 1.967 0.208
25 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'09.721 1.980 0.013
26 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'10.047 2.306 0.326
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'10.070 2.329 0.023
28 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'10.497 2.756 0.427
Round Number: 
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2018
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