2018 Sepang Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez, Again at the End

Alex Marquez made it three-for three so far at in Maylasia at the Sepang circuit Saturday with another last-moment charge to the top of the timesheet. Marquez, as has become his custom this weekend, hung aroung the top five for most of the session and then struck quickly with as the final seconds ticked away. His 2'07.768 was a second off his FP2 time but left him as only one of three riders to drop into the 2'07s in the third practice.

The second-fastest rider, Mattia Pasini, was the first rider to dip into the 2'07s with 44 second left in FP3. And he looked to be the top rider up until the very end if not for Marquez. Championship leader Fancesco Bagnaia finished as the final rider under the 2'08 mark. Bagnaia, with a top five showing in the race, could clinch the championship this weekend. 

Miguel Oliveira, who mathematically still remains in chanpionship contention at 36 points behind Bagnaia, managed fourth fastest just ahead of and increasingly quick Iker Lecuona (5th). Luca Marini who ran as high as fourth, was demoted to sixth at the session's end. Marcel Schrotter (7th), Dominique Aegerter (8th), Jorge Navarro (9th) and Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.768    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.835 0.067 0.067
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.977 0.209 0.142
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'08.139 0.371 0.162
5 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'08.196 0.428 0.057
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.280 0.512 0.084
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'08.303 0.535 0.023
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'08.547 0.779 0.244
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'08.563 0.795 0.016
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'08.640 0.872 0.077
11 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'08.710 0.942 0.070
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.733 0.965 0.023
13 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'08.878 1.110 0.145
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'08.968 1.200 0.090
15 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'09.152 1.384 0.184
16 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.240 1.472 0.088
17 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'09.265 1.497 0.025
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'09.333 1.565 0.068
19 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'09.419 1.651 0.086
20 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'09.566 1.798 0.147
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'09.613 1.845 0.047
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'09.815 2.047 0.202
23 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'09.979 2.211 0.164
24 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'10.793 3.025 0.814
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'10.873 3.105 0.080
26 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'10.965 3.197 0.092
27 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'11.053 3.285 0.088
28 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'11.180 3.412 0.127
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'11.224 3.456 0.044
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'11.585 3.817 0.361
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'11.726 3.958 0.141
32 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'12.416 4.648 0.690
Round Number: 
19
2018
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