2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Being Martin

The forecast in Le Mans likes to give us a scare every now and again but the predicted clouds were nowhere to be seen by the time the first session of the weekend got off to a start. Under sunny blue skies, Enea Bastianini led most of a pretty close session until Jorge Martin picked up the lead in final five minutes. The Spaniard was only a tenth of a second off until that point and went on to sneak ahead of Jakub Kornfeil by a tenth and a half.

Andrea Migno had an encouraging start to his weekend, the Italian making a late jump into third position but nearly four tenths back on the leader. Compatriot Tony Arbolino followed closely while early leader Bastianini did improve but only good enough for fifth. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi was only a hundredth of a second behind the Leopard man in sixth.

With a looming grid penalty for his mischiefs on Spanish soil, John McPhee had a solid start in seventh position. Jerez victor Philipp Oettl stayed fast in eighth place and was the final man within half a second of Martin. Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top ten, with Makar Yurchenko close behind.

Despite being in the top three for most of FP1, Aron Canet failed to improve during the final time attack and dropped back to 15th. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another early leader but the Italian took a tumble only ten minutes into the session and the damage to the bike meant he was unable to rejoin and dropped down to 23rd position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.114    
2 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.279 0.165 0.165
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.510 0.396 0.231
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.557 0.443 0.047
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'43.560 0.446 0.003
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'43.570 0.456 0.010
7 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.579 0.465 0.009
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.608 0.494 0.029
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.688 0.574 0.080
10 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.688 0.574  
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.698 0.584 0.010
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.723 0.609 0.025
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.725 0.611 0.002
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.737 0.623 0.012
15 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'43.769 0.655 0.032
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.828 0.714 0.059
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.860 0.746 0.032
18 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.969 0.855 0.109
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.998 0.884 0.029
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'44.176 1.062 0.178
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'44.191 1.077 0.015
22 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'44.290 1.176 0.099
23 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.296 1.182 0.006
24 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.323 1.209 0.027
25 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.434 1.320 0.111
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.449 1.335 0.015
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'44.504 1.390 0.055
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.724 1.610 0.220
Round Number: 
5
2018
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