2018 Motegi Moto3 FP1 Result: Kornfeil Surprises Canet

No sign of the rain that soaked things up earlier in the morning and the familiar clouds gave way to bright sunshine by the time the lightweight class went out to play. After missing the trip to Thailand due to being convalescent, Aron Canet was back in action and went all in, crashing out in turn nine right after jumping to the top of the timesheets ten minutes into the session. The final five minutes changed the narrative and late attacks brought Jakub Kornfeil to the limelight, the Czech rider keeping the lead of the first practice session until the checkered flag came out.

Canet was resigned to second position only a tenth of a second slower than the PruestelGP rider and another two tenths faster than Enea Bastianini. The Italian was accompanied by Leopard Racing teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta, while John McPhee made a welcome appreance in the top five and championship challenger Marco Bezzecchi was the final rider within half a second of the leader.

Philipp Oettl was six tenths down on Kornfeil as he rushed into the top seven position late in the session. Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino failed to improve in the final charge and saved eighth with his early benchmark. Marcos Ramirez and Albert Arenas rounded out the top ten, seven tenths off the lead and the final two men within a second of the man showing the way.

Jorge Martin seemed to have largely recovered from the arm issues from Thailand although you wouldn’t necessarily think so while looking at the timesheets, the Spaniard 16th after failing to improve late in the session. Still, he was in fine company with the likes of Gabriel Rodrigo 15th and Fabio Di Giannantonio 18th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'57.740    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'57.848 0.108 0.108
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.076 0.336 0.228
4 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'58.190 0.450 0.114
5 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'58.202 0.462 0.012
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'58.212 0.472 0.010
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.339 0.599 0.127
8 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'58.483 0.743 0.144
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'58.487 0.747 0.004
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'58.536 0.796 0.049
11 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'58.830 1.090 0.294
12 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'58.857 1.117 0.027
13 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'58.897 1.157 0.040
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.916 1.176 0.019
15 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'58.940 1.200 0.024
16 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'59.004 1.264 0.064
17 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'59.103 1.363 0.099
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.123 1.383 0.020
19 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'59.145 1.405 0.022
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.175 1.435 0.030
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'59.186 1.446 0.011
22 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'59.210 1.470 0.024
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'59.232 1.492 0.022
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'59.732 1.992 0.500
25 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'59.760 2.020 0.028
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'59.956 2.216 0.196
27 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'00.408 2.668 0.452
28 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'01.421 3.681 1.013
29 36 Yuto FUKUSHIMA Honda 2'02.036 4.296 0.615
30 13 Shizuka OKAZAKI Honda 2'04.065 6.325 2.029
Round Number: 
16
2018
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Go Jakub Kornfeil. Kuba did a good job at Buriram, if not for the last corner problem in front of him...I hope things go well this weekend.