2018 Motegi Moto2 FP3 Result: Quartararo Flies in the Dry

With 10 minutes left in FP3 Saturday at the Motegi circuit, Fabio Quartararo seized control of the timesheet with a 1'51.293 that put him at the top for the rest of the dry, sunny session. The fast lap topped Miguel Oliveira's FP3-leading time by four-tenths of a second and it continued Quartararo's late-season surge.

Marcel Schrotter, fastest in the first free practice, resumed that form in the third session with the second-fastest time but nearly two-tenths slower than Quartararo. Alex Marquez completed the front row and showed no signs of a hard crash in a prior practice. Francesco Bagnaia, who has won more races than any Moto2 rider this year -- seven -- and sits first in the championship, leads the second row. 

Right behind him is Oliviera, the rider who sits second in the championship. The Portuguese rider has won two races this years but has an additional seven top-three finishes. Lorenzo Baldassarri was sixth, just ahead of Iken Leguna (7th), the fastest rider in FP2's mixed conditions.  Agusto Fernandez, who qualified 10th here last year, managed eighth with Tetsuta Nagashima (9th) and Sam Lowes (10th) competing the top 10.

The top 12 riders finished the session within a second of eachother. 

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'51.293    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'51.492 0.199 0.199
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'51.540 0.247 0.048
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'51.621 0.328 0.081
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'51.698 0.405 0.077
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.714 0.421 0.016
7 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'51.965 0.672 0.251
8 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'52.014 0.721 0.049
9 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'52.085 0.792 0.071
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'52.266 0.973 0.181
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'52.267 0.974 0.001
12 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'52.282 0.989 0.015
13 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'52.326 1.033 0.044
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'52.333 1.040 0.007
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'52.336 1.043 0.003
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'52.499 1.206 0.163
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'52.601 1.308 0.102
18 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'52.610 1.317 0.009
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'52.789 1.496 0.179
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'52.834 1.541 0.045
21 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 1'52.870 1.577 0.036
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'52.871 1.578 0.001
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'52.880 1.587 0.009
24 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'52.889 1.596 0.009
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'52.973 1.680 0.084
26 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'53.144 1.851 0.171
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'53.167 1.874 0.023
28 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.369 2.076 0.202
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'53.723 2.430 0.354
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'54.015 2.722 0.292
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'54.587 3.294 0.572
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'55.231 3.938 0.644
Round Number: 
16
2018
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