2018 Silverstone Moto3 FP2 Result: Arbolino Robs Bezzecchi

If the first session of the day came with a side of sun, it was looking like a much more familiar sight for FP2, a big dark cloud spreading over the circuit and biding its time. The Moto3 line-up was out to play and managed to sneak in a handful of laps before the threat of rain became reality halfway through the session.

Marco Bezzecchi was the fastest man before the rain-induced lull in proceedings but his time could not quite rival the benchmark set in the morning by Philipp Oettl. Action picked up a little more in the final ten minutes as the light rain subsided and the surface was up to challenging the Italian’s early time, the decisive attack coming from Tony Arbolino. Conditions rapidly improved for Arbolino and Bezzecchi to seriously bite into the 2:14s – only separated by eighth thousandths of a second – with Niccolo Antonelli, Gabriel Rodrigo and Aron Canet dipping into it slightly as well.

Oettl just missed out on the top five and despite setting his best time of the weekend, it was almost eighth tenths of a second off top honours. Fabio Di Giannantonio was the lead Gresini rider in seventh spot, holding off Jakub Kornfeil and Tatsuki Suzuki, the trio within a second of Arbolino. Jorge Martin rounded out the top ten as the first rider over the one second mark, closely followed by Jaume Masia.

The likes of Nicolo Bulega and Enea Bastianini missed out on the top 15 and were almost two seconds slower than the fastest man of the day, while John McPhee could only manage 27th as he was catching up with the significant track time he lost in FP1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.257    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'14.265 0.008 0.008
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'14.462 0.205 0.197
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'14.732 0.475 0.270
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.954 0.697 0.222
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'15.043 0.786 0.089
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'15.046 0.789 0.003
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'15.075 0.818 0.029
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'15.201 0.944 0.126
10 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'15.320 1.063 0.119
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'15.442 1.185 0.122
12 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'15.541 1.284 0.099
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'15.845 1.588 0.304
14 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'15.895 1.638 0.050
15 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'16.081 1.824 0.186
16 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'16.165 1.908 0.084
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'16.193 1.936 0.028
18 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'16.312 2.055 0.119
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'16.351 2.094 0.039
20 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'16.415 2.158 0.064
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'16.609 2.352 0.194
22 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'16.682 2.425 0.073
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'16.716 2.459 0.034
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'17.183 2.926 0.467
25 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'17.202 2.945 0.019
26 20 Jake ARCHER KTM 2'17.270 3.013 0.068
27 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'17.428 3.171 0.158
28 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'17.701 3.444 0.273
29 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'18.099 3.842 0.398
30 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS Honda 2'19.051 4.794 0.952
Round Number: 
12
2018
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