2018 Austria Moto2 FP3 Result: Gardner Makes It Stick

Rain flags were back out as soon as the lights turned green at the end of pitlane and one man who was eager to see that was Remy Gardner, who once again shone in the difficult conditions and planted his flag at the top of the timesheets, claiming the territory for most of the session. With rain coming and going throughout the afternoon, the riders made the most of the dry patches in the final third of FP3 to advance on the timesheets.

Some red sector times finally appeared with three minutes left on the clock but Gardner did enough on only his fourth lap to keep top position by over eight tenths of a second. Iker Lecuona chased the championship leader to drag himself into second position but the good news ended there as the Spaniard had a moment in turn one soon after and ran into the back of the Portuguese rider, both looking disappointed but not harmed. Lecuona kept second on the timesheets, a tenth ahead of Marcel Schrotter. Oliveira missed out on the top three by only nine thousandths of a second.

Andrea Locatelli kept away from the drama and made steady progress in the late part of FP3 to edge ever closer to the top five, half a second quicker than Fabio Quartararo. Mattia Pasini, Joe Roberts and Lorenzo Baldassarri were the last men to post a time within two seconds of Gardner, while Sam Lowes completed the top ten.

Birthday boy Brad Binder was 15th, leading a select group including Alex Marquez, Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir in positions 16 to 18. Luca Marini was an early victim of the precarious conditions but rejoined the action to finish 19th, nearly three seconds down on the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'38.377    
2 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'39.275 0.898 0.898
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'39.390 1.013 0.115
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'39.399 1.022 0.009
5 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'39.768 1.391 0.369
6 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'40.245 1.868 0.477
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'40.249 1.872 0.004
8 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'40.255 1.878 0.006
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'40.367 1.990 0.112
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'40.426 2.049 0.059
11 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'40.492 2.115 0.066
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'40.563 2.186 0.071
13 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'40.691 2.314 0.128
14 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'40.809 2.432 0.118
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'40.958 2.581 0.149
16 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'41.146 2.769 0.188
17 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'41.158 2.781 0.012
18 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'41.158 2.781  
19 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'41.271 2.894 0.113
20 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'41.301 2.924 0.030
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'41.417 3.040 0.116
22 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'41.419 3.042 0.002
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'41.509 3.132 0.090
24 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'41.606 3.229 0.097
25 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'41.718 3.341 0.112
26 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'41.825 3.448 0.107
27 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'41.987 3.610 0.162
28 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'42.055 3.678 0.068
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'42.249 3.872 0.194
30 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'42.304 3.927 0.055
31 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'42.452 4.075 0.148
32 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex 1'43.694 5.317 1.242
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'45.001 6.624 1.307
Round Number: 
11
2018
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