2018 Sepang Moto3 FP2 Result: Arbolino Fastest in an Abbreviated Practice

Tony Arbolino set his fastest lap halfway through Friday's second free practice at Malaysia's Sepang circuit and it ended up topping the charts with a 2'14.227 as rain moved in and cut short the track time. Just one hundredth of a second back was John McPhee who also pressed for a good time early in the session as dark clouds moved across the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track. Aron Canet, who topped last year's FP2, set the third-fastest time as riders got 25 minutes of dry track before the downpour.

Championship points leader Jorge Martin, just another four-thousandths back finished fourth in the tightly bunched field; the top 20 riders finished the practice within a single second of each other. Niccolo Antonelli, 14th in the first practice, improved to fifth before heading to the pits. Andrea Migno (6th) just barely bested Enea Bastianini (7th) by .003. Marco Bezzecchi, second in the championship, settled fior eighth as the majority of riders pitted with 18 minutes to go in the session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.227    
2 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'14.237 0.010 0.010
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.247 0.020 0.010
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'14.251 0.024 0.004
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'14.349 0.122 0.098
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'14.352 0.125 0.003
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'14.355 0.128 0.003
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'14.382 0.155 0.027
9 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'14.547 0.320 0.165
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'14.548 0.321 0.001
11 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'14.709 0.482 0.161
12 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'14.775 0.548 0.066
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'14.782 0.555 0.007
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'14.916 0.689 0.134
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'15.002 0.775 0.086
16 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'15.028 0.801 0.026
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'15.059 0.832 0.031
18 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'15.125 0.898 0.066
19 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'15.154 0.927 0.029
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'15.199 0.972 0.045
21 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'15.632 1.405 0.433
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'15.741 1.514 0.109
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'15.961 1.734 0.220
24 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'16.166 1.939 0.205
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'16.286 2.059 0.120
26 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'16.674 2.447 0.388
  9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM      
  76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda      
Round Number: 
19
2018
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