2018 Sachsenring Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Makes A Run For It

Under an unusually sunny Sachsenring sky, the action unfolded in familiar fashion. Jorge Martin was the early leaver of the first practice session, having immediately built an advantage of almost half a second on the man he dethroned in Assen, Marco Bezzecchi. The Gresini rider then posted the first time in the 1:27s and his rivals struggled to match this early pace.

The 1:27 club got a few more subscribers once the finally time attack got underway, although Martin was determined to get faster and faster and keep his prime position at the top of the classification. The Spaniard had no trouble doing that, leading the morning session by two tenths of a second from John McPhee. Philipp Oettl seemed to be preparing a bit of a comeback with third position in FP1, a mere thousandth of a second keeping him ahead of Enea Bastianini in fourth.

The by-now-familiar Raul Fernandez joined the field in Germany as a replacement for the injured Darryn Binder and shone straight away from fifth position, a tenth of a second ahead of Marcos Ramirez. Some more of Martin’s usual rivals finished the morning half a second slower than the Spaniard, with Aron Canet and Bezzecchi settling for seventh and eighth.

The top ten was completed by Gabriel Rodrigo and Jakub Kornfeil – incidentally, the final two men to drop into the 1:27s. The likes of Tony Arbolino, Kaito Toba and Albert Arenas also finished within a second of the leader, with Fabio Di Giannantonio and Niccolo Bulega just about missing out, despite an encouraging start to their session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'27.272    
2 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'27.497 0.225 0.225
3 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'27.523 0.251 0.026
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'27.539 0.267 0.016
5 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'27.611 0.339 0.072
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'27.717 0.445 0.106
7 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'27.749 0.477 0.032
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'27.847 0.575 0.098
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'27.856 0.584 0.009
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'27.975 0.703 0.119
11 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'28.080 0.808 0.105
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'28.193 0.921 0.113
13 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'28.240 0.968 0.047
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'28.278 1.006 0.038
15 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'28.317 1.045 0.039
16 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'28.358 1.086 0.041
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'28.360 1.088 0.002
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'28.521 1.249 0.161
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'28.546 1.274 0.025
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'28.569 1.297 0.023
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'28.599 1.327 0.030
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'28.638 1.366 0.039
23 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'28.727 1.455 0.089
24 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'28.745 1.473 0.018
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'28.868 1.596 0.123
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'29.188 1.916 0.320
27 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'29.300 2.028 0.112
28 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'29.489 2.217 0.189
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'29.589 2.317 0.100
30 43 Luca GRÜNWALD KTM 1'30.364 3.092 0.775
Round Number: 
9
2018
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