2018 Motegi Moto3 FP2 Result: Bezecchi Is Tops in the Damp

On a damp track, Marco Bezzecchi topped the second free practice at the Motegi circuit in Japan as lap times fell well short of the morning’s dry session. Bezzecchi’s 2’05.403 was eight seconds shy of the best lap of FP1.

 

Because the tricky, mixed condition didn’t lend themselves to gathering useful data from either full-wet or slick tires many of the top riders spent considerable time in the pits hoping for a dry track. But conditions didn’t improve.

 

A tenth back Fabio DiGiannantonio grabbed the second slot after leading for part of the session. The good news for the Italian rider is this is a considerable improvement from his 18th-fastest showing in the dry FP1. The bad news is that weather reports indicate dry conditions for Sunday’s race.

 

Aron Canet, second quickest in the morning, kept his top-three status for second session with a third-fastest showing. Tatsui Suzuki took fourth just in front of Niccolo Antonelli (5th).

 

Saturday's practice and qualifying also could see mixed conditions but the forecast was for a clear sky for Sunday's race. This could add importance to the FP1 times in which Jakub Kornfeil led the pack. 

 

Results:








Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'05.403    
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'05.532 0.129 / 0.129
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'05.600 0.197 / 0.068
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'05.838 0.435 / 0.238
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'06.009 0.606 / 0.171
6 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'06.087 0.684 / 0.078
7 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'06.247 0.844 / 0.160
8 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'06.286 0.883 / 0.039
9 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'06.315 0.912 / 0.029
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'06.425 1.022 / 0.110
11 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'06.498 1.095 / 0.073
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'06.529 1.126 / 0.031
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'06.635 1.232 / 0.106
14 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'06.693 1.290 / 0.058
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'06.856 1.453 / 0.163
16 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'06.882 1.479 / 0.026
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'07.084 1.681 / 0.202
18 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'07.102 1.699 / 0.018
19 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'07.866 2.463 / 0.764
20 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'08.090 2.687 / 0.224
21 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'08.311 2.908 / 0.221
22 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'08.576 3.173 / 0.265
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'09.221 3.818 / 0.645
24 36 Yuto FUKUSHIMA Honda 2'09.790 4.387 / 0.569
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'10.091 4.688 / 0.301
26 13 Shizuka OKAZAKI Honda 2'10.907 5.504 / 0.816
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'12.469 7.066 / 1.562
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'13.720 8.317 / 1.251
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM      
  71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda      
Round Number: 
16
2018
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