2018 Qatar Moto3 FP3 Result: Canet Steals One From Martin

It was another hot start to the day in Qatar for the lightweight class and it was the usual names making their mark on the timesheets. The early leader was John McPhee, while he was running around with Jorge Martin, although the riders took their time in getting anywhere close to their FP1 times. The duo put a sizeable gap into the rivals from the off, with over half a second keeping them cosy at the top.

Philipp Oettl was the first man/boy to cut that gap to two tenths of a second in the final five minutes of the session, when action finally started to heat up. Soon after it was Aron Canet’s time to steal the show and the Spaniard kept top position on the timing sheets to the flag. The Estrella Galicia rider dipped into the 2:07s but with the sweltering conditions it was to be expected that the times would not come tumbling towards the best of FP2, ending up a tenth slower than FP1 – a session which took place in similar conditions.

Martin got within a tenth of his leading compatriot on his last timed lap, with Niccolo Antonelli once again showing the speed expected of him to jump into third in the session. McPhee could not improve on his early benchmark and it dropped him into fourth position, followed by Marco Bezzecchi another hundredth of a second down.

While the top five was covered by under three tenths of a second, from Oettl’s sixth position the gaps started to grow significantly. The German ended the session half a second down on Canet, with Fabio Di Giannantonio almost nine tenths slower than the leader, in seventh position. The Italian did contribute a helpful tow to Makar Yurchenko’s brief stay into fourth place and eventual drop to tenth position. Within the tenth separating the two managed to sneak in Ayumu Sasaki and Gabriel Rodrigo in eight and ninth positions, the top ten covered by one second.

FP1 leader Enea Bastianini struggled to match his own time from 24 hours ago, the Italian starting the session close to the main opposition but dropped all the way to seventeenth position by the time the countdown drew to a close.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'07.864    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'07.958 0.094 0.094
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'08.013 0.149 0.055
4 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'08.134 0.270 0.121
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'08.149 0.285 0.015
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'08.395 0.531 0.246
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'08.742 0.878 0.347
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'08.764 0.900 0.022
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'08.824 0.960 0.060
10 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'08.871 1.007 0.047
11 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'08.950 1.086 0.079
12 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'09.036 1.172 0.086
13 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'09.060 1.196 0.024
14 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'09.069 1.205 0.009
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'09.073 1.209 0.004
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'09.119 1.255 0.046
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'09.133 1.269 0.014
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'09.249 1.385 0.116
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'09.314 1.450 0.065
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'09.462 1.598 0.148
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'09.462 1.598  
22 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.489 1.625 0.027
23 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'09.672 1.808 0.183
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'09.859 1.995 0.187
25 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'10.212 2.348 0.353
26 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'10.258 2.394 0.046
27 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'10.280 2.416 0.022
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda      
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2018
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