2018 Argentina Moto3 FP2: Bastianini On The Charge

Enea Bastianini shaved more than two seconds from his FP1 time to grab the top spot in FP2 Friday at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Bastianini's 1'50.397 remains more than a tenth of a second below Jon Mir's best FP2 time from last year as riders report slippery conditions on the 4.8 km (3 mi.) track. 

Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who led the session with two minutes remaining, dropped into second following Bastianini's fast lap. Tony Arbolino took third, only five-hundredths off second-fastest and completing a Honda top three.

Livio Loi charged up the timesheet with a 1'50.899 to put him in fourth, a  big improvement from his 23rd-fastest showing in FP1. Championship leader Jorge Martin dropped from second to fifth late in the session. Kaito Toba, in his second year in Moto3,  grabbed sixth, just in front of Gabriel Rodrigo (7th), the fifth-place finisher at the season's opening contest.

Adam Norrodin (8th) improved his time from FP1 but so did most of the top-ten riders. Noccolo Antonelli (9th) and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (10th) rounded out the top 10. Atiratphuvapat was running as high as sixth when a late crash ended his session.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda   1'50.397    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'50.805 0.408 / 0.408
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'50.858 0.461 / 0.053
4 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'50.899 0.502 / 0.041
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'51.001 0.604 / 0.102
6 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'51.024 0.627 / 0.023
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'51.112 0.715 / 0.088
8 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.121 0.724 / 0.009
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'51.161 0.764 / 0.040
10 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'51.216 0.819 / 0.055
11 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'51.265 0.868 / 0.049
12 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'51.279 0.882 / 0.014
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'51.299 0.902 / 0.020
14 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'51.346 0.949 / 0.047
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'51.351 0.954 / 0.005
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.449 1.052 / 0.098
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'51.508 1.111 / 0.059
18 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'51.552 1.155 / 0.044
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'51.587 1.190 / 0.035
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'51.627 1.230 / 0.040
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'51.667 1.270 / 0.040
22 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'51.679 1.282 / 0.012
23 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'51.736 1.339 / 0.057
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'51.811 1.414 / 0.075
25 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'52.093 1.696 / 0.282
26 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'52.511 2.114 / 0.418
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'52.840 2.443 / 0.329
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'52.956 2.559 / 0.116
Round Number: 
2
2018
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