2018 Austin Moto3 FP2 Result: More Martin

The big cloud of dust that surrounded the riders in FP1 was largely dispersed by the three morning sessions and the lightweight class benefited immediately by dropping the benchmark by two seconds. The first man to achieve that was Enea Bastianini, the Italian holding an early eight tenth advantage over the championship leader. Jorge Martin gave it a good go – or several – at beating that time but a couple of track limits infringements halted his progress early on and a traffic jam slowed him down later so the Spaniard had to rely on one final lap to grab the headlines once again – mission accomplished.

Aron Canet made his move when it mattered, in the final run, but the Estrella Galicia rider had to make do with second position. Fabio Di Giannantonio was the first man to drop into the 2:17s but he could not improve on that first attempt and was bumped back to third position, ahead of Termas hero Marco Bezzecchi. Both him and compatriot Lorenzo Dalla Porta in fifth showed consistent pace throughout the session, finishing just ahead of early leader Bastianini.

Philipp Oettl scored another top ten placement in seventh position, followed by Niccolo Antonelli, Livio Loi and Ayumu Sasaki, the Japanese rider being the last to place within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'17.423    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'17.706 0.283 0.283
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'17.710 0.287 0.004
4 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'17.867 0.444 0.157
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'17.890 0.467 0.023
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'18.021 0.598 0.131
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'18.225 0.802 0.204
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'18.264 0.841 0.039
9 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'18.339 0.916 0.075
10 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'18.387 0.964 0.048
11 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.464 1.041 0.077
12 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'18.511 1.088 0.047
13 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.724 1.301 0.213
14 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'18.759 1.336 0.035
15 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'18.787 1.364 0.028
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'18.869 1.446 0.082
17 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'19.232 1.809 0.363
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'19.315 1.892 0.083
19 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'19.580 2.157 0.265
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'19.689 2.266 0.109
21 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'19.697 2.274 0.008
22 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'19.841 2.418 0.144
23 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'19.860 2.437 0.019
24 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'19.916 2.493 0.056
25 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'20.484 3.061 0.568
26 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'20.548 3.125 0.064
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'20.598 3.175 0.050
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'20.760 3.337 0.162
Round Number: 
3
2018
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