2018 Assen Moto3 FP3 Result: Bezzecchi Back At The Top

Beautiful sunshine greeted the first outing of the day and the lightweight class featured the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. With the lower temperatures of the morning, not all riders rivalled their best effort from Friday but a couple of men led by Marco Bezzecchi managed to drop into the 1:42s once again. Also joining that exclusive club was Aron Canet, who was the fastest man on Friday and continued much on the same note, leading the best part of Saturday morning before being dethroned by the championship leader.

Tatsuki Suzuki in third position was almost half a second slower than Bezzecchi after his late time attack, while Enea Bastianini was back on track in fourth, only a hundredth of a second behind the top three. Lorenzo Dalla Porta had his teammate’s back in fifth position, with Jakub Kornfeil only a thousandth of a second slower. Philipp Oettl also progressed in the third practice session to reach seventh position, although he was the first man not to break the 1:42 barrier.

If Jorge Martin was not sore enough after his heavy FP2 tumble, the Spaniard also had to endure some roughening up from Dalla Porta this morning but that did not impede his speed too much. The Gresini rider’s eighth position – with an identical time to Jaume Masia behind him – was still good news for the team, whose other rider, Fabio Di Giannantonio, escaped unscathed from a fast crash in turn 7 early in the session and failed to rejoin due to the lengthy repair job required.

Another rapid performer from Friday, John McPhee, completed the top ten, with only Marco Ramirez and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat behind him finishing within a second of the FP3 leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'42.308    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.655 0.347 0.347
3 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'42.807 0.499 0.152
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.820 0.512 0.013
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'42.911 0.603 0.091
6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'42.912 0.604 0.001
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.146 0.838 0.234
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.149 0.841 0.003
9 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.149 0.841  
10 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.153 0.845 0.004
11 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'43.194 0.886 0.041
12 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'43.216 0.908 0.022
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.373 1.065 0.157
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.393 1.085 0.020
15 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.428 1.120 0.035
16 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.463 1.155 0.035
17 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.524 1.216 0.061
18 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'43.531 1.223 0.007
19 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.559 1.251 0.028
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'43.694 1.386 0.135
21 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.700 1.392 0.006
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.769 1.461 0.069
23 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.779 1.471 0.010
24 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.872 1.564 0.093
25 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'44.037 1.729 0.165
26 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'44.224 1.916 0.187
27 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.234 1.926 0.010
28 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'44.797 2.489 0.563
29 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.813 2.505 0.016
30 18 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM 1'46.255 3.947 1.442
Round Number: 
8
2018
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