2018 Valencia Moto3 FP1 Result: No Wet Worries For Atiratphuvapat

Despite rain and lightning teaming up overnight, the first day of action for the final round of the season did see some motorbikes hit the track straight away. The wet surface, serious drizzle and darkening clouds did not allow for particularly competitive times early on but nearly the entire lightweight class pack braved the conditions.

The fastest of the lot proved to be Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, the Thai rider starting off possibly his last grand prix in the world championship in the best way, at the top of the timesheets by the time the checkered flag waved the end of FP1. Still getting over the disappointment of the runner up championship position, Marco Bezzecchi picked up the lead for the final third of the session, before he was dethroned by the lead Honda Team Asia rider and had to settle for a much less painful second.

Andrea Migno found his way in the top three as the final rider within half a second of the leader and two tenths ahead of early leader Tony Arbolino. Raul Fernandez had an early stint of his own before dropping to fifth, while Alonso Lopez completed the top six with the last time within a second of Atiratphuvapat.

Phillip Oettl and Darryn Binder were over a second back, while enthusiastic Red Bull Rookies champion Can Oncu dropped to ninth after spending a significant portion of the session in the top three. John McPhee completed the top ten and also completed the list of tumbles for the morning. All the gravel rash of the session came in turn 12, with Enea Bastianini opening the recital before Vicente Perez, Binder, Aron Canet and McPhee took the stage with slow-motion-worthy but harmless incidents.

The recently crowned world champion Jorge Martin allowed himself a longer siesta and never swapped the cap for a helmet – the only rider not to sample the likely conditions for the rest of the weekend.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'52.782    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'53.134 0.352 0.352
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'53.223 0.441 0.089
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.429 0.647 0.206
5 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'53.691 0.909 0.262
6 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'53.754 0.972 0.063
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.101 1.319 0.347
8 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'54.111 1.329 0.010
9 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'54.288 1.506 0.177
10 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'54.424 1.642 0.136
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.457 1.675 0.033
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'54.486 1.704 0.029
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.565 1.783 0.079
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.691 1.909 0.126
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.900 2.118 0.209
16 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.179 2.397 0.279
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'55.277 2.495 0.098
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'55.306 2.524 0.029
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'55.378 2.596 0.072
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'55.386 2.604 0.008
21 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'55.415 2.633 0.029
22 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'55.507 2.725 0.092
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'55.769 2.987 0.262
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'55.797 3.015 0.028
25 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'55.979 3.197 0.182
26 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'56.524 3.742 0.545
27 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'57.066 4.284 0.542
28 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'57.214 4.432 0.148
  26 Izam IKMAL Honda 2'01.303 8.521 4.089
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      
Round Number: 
19
2018
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