2018 Austin Moto3 FP3 Result: Dalla Porta Robs Martin

Saturday morning in Austin was somewhat as predicted although the umbrellas went down quite some time before the lightweight class hit the bumpy track. It might have been 17 degrees and overcast but the surface was dry and it allowed for another proper practice session.

Jaume Masia grabbed an early lead and stood at the top of the timesheets until the final run in time attack mode threatened his position. The lightweight King of COTA, Jorge Martin, retook his rightful position in the final five minutes to get close to Friday’s benchmark but not quite under it and the situation proved far from settled as Lorenzo Dalla Porta showed great speed to snatch the lead of the session on his penultimate lap. The Italian lost quite a bit of his advantage in the final sector of the track and gave Martin a chance to strike back but the Spaniard got tangled in traffic and did not improve enough to retake the lead. The Leopard rider got the upper hand on the Gresini one by seven hundredths of a second.

Fabio Di Giannantonio kept up the good work he did on Friday and followed it up with a third position in FP3, followed by the familiar top four sight of Enea Bastianini. Championship leader Aron Canet was not too far behind in fifth, two tenths down on the leader and another tenth ahead of Argentina GP victor Marco Bezzecchi.

If the top six was covered by four tenths of a second, the same gap separated them from the man in seventh spot, Gabriel Rodrigo. The top ten was completed by Tatsuki Suzuki, Philipp Oettl and Darryn Binder.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'17.499    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'17.573 0.074 0.074
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'17.642 0.143 0.069
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'17.685 0.186 0.043
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'17.757 0.258 0.072
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'17.882 0.383 0.125
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.278 0.779 0.396
8 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.290 0.791 0.012
9 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'18.292 0.793 0.002
10 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'18.398 0.899 0.106
11 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'18.428 0.929 0.030
12 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'18.434 0.935 0.006
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'18.670 1.171 0.236
14 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'18.769 1.270 0.099
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'18.804 1.305 0.035
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'18.812 1.313 0.008
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'18.855 1.356 0.043
18 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'18.913 1.414 0.058
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'18.950 1.451 0.037
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'19.041 1.542 0.091
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'19.063 1.564 0.022
22 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'19.064 1.565 0.001
23 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'19.177 1.678 0.113
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'19.239 1.740 0.062
25 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'19.308 1.809 0.069
26 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'19.314 1.815 0.006
27 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'19.608 2.109 0.294
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'20.679 3.180 1.071
Round Number: 
3
2018
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