2018 Argentina Moto3 FP1: Bezzecchi Shows Up and Off

Marco Bezzecchi, who earned his first-ever podium last year, topped the time sheet for the first practice of the second race of the 2018 season. In mostly dry conditions, the 18-year-old's 1'52.190 put him three-tenths of a second clear of the pack at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and left him as the only KTM rider in the top seven.

Adam Norrodin, who took 11th place in the season's first race in Qatar, secured the second-fastest time, another three-tenths clear of Enea Bastianini who crashed out of the season's first race while holding second place. Tony Arbolino set his fastest time late in the session as the wind picked up. His 1'52.964 put him just in front Qatar winner and championship leader Jorge Martin.

Aron Canet, who along with Martin is a rider picked to be a top finisher in the championship this season, grabbed seventh just clear of Nakarin Atiraphuvapat.  Marcos Ramirez, in eighth, finished as the second-fastest KTM as Honda took seven of the top ten positions. Jacob Kornfeil (9th) and Ayumu Sasaki rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'52.190      
2 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'52.537 0.347 / 0.347
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.829 0.639 / 0.292
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.964 0.774 / 0.135
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'53.092 0.902 / 0.128
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.100 0.910 / 0.008
7 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'53.177 0.987 / 0.077
8 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'53.222 1.032 / 0.045
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'53.222 1.032  
10 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'53.252 1.062 / 0.030
11 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'53.482 1.292 / 0.230
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'53.484 1.294 / 0.002
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'53.497 1.307 / 0.013
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'53.571 1.381 / 0.074
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'53.670 1.480 / 0.099
16 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'53.700 1.510 / 0.030
17 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'53.875 1.685 / 0.175
18 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'53.899 1.709 / 0.024
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.977 1.787 / 0.078
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.071 1.881 / 0.094
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.157 1.967 / 0.086
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.289 2.099 / 0.132
23 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'54.477 2.287 / 0.188
24 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'54.696 2.506 / 0.219
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.814 2.624 / 0.118
26 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'54.919 2.729 / 0.105
27 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.950 2.760 / 0.031
28 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'55.268 3.078 / 0.318
Round Number: 
2
2018
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