2018 Austin Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Resumes Control

Remember that pesky rain setting the scene for all kinds of trouble last time around? None of that in Austin, at least on Friday, but what was lacking in rain, COTA was making up in dust. That did not hinder the lightweight class too much and the first to tame the bull was perhaps predictably Jorge Martin, the Spaniard enjoying the sunshine from the top of the timesheets.

Enea Bastianini was a consistent leader throughout the session and only lost out with the final charge over the last five minutes but the Italian continued on his upward trend to finish second, only a tenth and a half behind the Gresini rider. Some good signs came from the man in third, Andrea Migno finding some confidence in the unquestionably dry conditions to trail the Leopard rider by only six thousandths of a second.

Fourth position was taken by Moto3’s most recent winner, Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian two tenths down on the leader after showing good consistency throughout the morning session. Championship leader Aron Canet had a go at the lead but eventually settled for a steady fifth place, three tenths down on his leading compatriot. Another Spanish revelation occupied sixth position, Jaume Masia being trailed by Niccolo Antonelli as the final two men within half a second of the leader.

The top ten was covered by one second and it was completed by some more habitual frontrunners in Philipp Oettl, Fabio Di Giannantonio and John McPhee.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'20.005    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'20.145 0.140 0.140
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'20.151 0.146 0.006
4 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'20.209 0.204 0.058
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'20.308 0.303 0.099
6 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'20.424 0.419 0.116
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'20.431 0.426 0.007
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'20.522 0.517 0.091
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'20.739 0.734 0.217
10 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'20.870 0.865 0.131
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'21.044 1.039 0.174
12 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'21.134 1.129 0.090
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'21.154 1.149 0.020
14 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'21.405 1.400 0.251
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'21.521 1.516 0.116
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'21.559 1.554 0.038
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'21.600 1.595 0.041
18 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'21.644 1.639 0.044
19 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'21.670 1.665 0.026
20 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'21.745 1.740 0.075
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'21.746 1.741 0.001
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'21.768 1.763 0.022
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'21.868 1.863 0.100
24 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'21.918 1.913 0.050
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'22.175 2.170 0.257
26 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'22.199 2.194 0.024
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'22.715 2.710 0.516
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'23.601 3.596 0.886
Round Number: 
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2018
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