2018 Austria Moto3 FP3 Result: Bezzecchi Splashes His Way To The Top

Some spits of rain set the scene for the first action of the day and with the forecast looking the same for the rest of Saturday, riders perhaps begrudgingly took to the track. The lightweight class was riding in fully went conditions for the first time this weekend and the situation was complicated by different conditions in various sections of the track.

The handiest man in the wet proved to be Marco Bezzecchi, the championship leader taking charge of the session near its end and built up an advantage of almost half a second. Aron Canet was also at the top of the timesheets mid-session but eventually dropped to second, followed by another early leader in third, Darryn Binder.

Tony Arbolino also displayed his prowess for these tricky conditions and jumped into fourth position, seven tenths down on Bezzecchi. Albert Arenas followed him closely in fifth, with Fabio Di Giannantonio shining more in the wet than the dry from sixth spot. Behind the Italian, FP2 leader John McPhee and 2017 poleman Gabriel Rodrigo were separated by half a tenth.

Tatsuki Suzuki was the very first leader of the session but the SIC58 squad rider dropped back to ninth, as the final man to post a time within a second of the leader. The fastest man in the dry, Jaume Masia, completed the top ten ahead of always impressive wildcard Ai Ogura, Marcos Ramirez and Nicolo Bulega.

Enea Bastianini had a subdued start to his day in 18th position, while Jorge Martin opted to sit this one out given the risk to his recent injury and the promise of a dry race.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'43.753    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'44.241 0.488 0.488
3 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.428 0.675 0.187
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'44.507 0.754 0.079
5 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'44.533 0.780 0.026
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.617 0.864 0.084
7 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'44.647 0.894 0.030
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'44.710 0.957 0.063
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'44.737 0.984 0.027
10 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.930 1.177 0.193
11 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'44.982 1.229 0.052
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'45.037 1.284 0.055
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'45.075 1.322 0.038
14 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'45.300 1.547 0.225
15 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'45.373 1.620 0.073
16 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'45.381 1.628 0.008
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'45.468 1.715 0.087
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'45.501 1.748 0.033
19 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'45.606 1.853 0.105
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'45.859 2.106 0.253
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'45.941 2.188 0.082
22 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'46.285 2.532 0.344
23 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'46.296 2.543 0.011
24 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'46.322 2.569 0.026
25 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'46.374 2.621 0.052
26 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'46.408 2.655 0.034
27 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'46.626 2.873 0.218
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'46.866 3.113 0.240
29 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'47.212 3.459 0.346
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      
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2018
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