2018 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Lopez Robs Bezzecchi In Slippery Session

The second batch of practice sessions started off where FP1 left off, namely on a wet track with light drizzle and the same fast men at the front. Marco Bezzecchi swiftly set camp at the top of the timesheets and successfully defended a six hundredths of a second lead from Alonso Lopez. Things hotted up in the final quarter of an hour, when several riders went red on the timesheets but no one had the speed to match Lopez, who went almost a second faster than the morning benchmark. Bezzecchi had one more go at upsetting the order but slipped off in turn 11 on his final flying lap and settled for second.

Fabio Di Giannantonio joined the top three for Gresini and was the final rider to dip into the 1:51s. Suzuki dropped to fourth, while Lorenzo Dalla Porta completed the top five. Jorge Martin climbed as high as sixth, despite skipping the whole of FP1 and finished the day ahead of Andrea Migno. Red Bull Rookie Can Oncu was again in the top three before the sharks started circling and the young Turkish rider suffered a small tip-off but he carried on the charge regardless and ended up eighth.

Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastiniani rounded out the top ten, while gravel traps and run offs saw plenty of visitors throughout the session, including Tony Arbolino, Kazuki Masaki, Raul Pernandez, Jaume Masia or Gabriel Rodrigo.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'51.873    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'51.912 0.039 0.039
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'51.967 0.094 0.055
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'52.013 0.140 0.046
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'52.216 0.343 0.203
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'52.541 0.668 0.325
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'52.624 0.751 0.083
8 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'52.771 0.898 0.147
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'52.840 0.967 0.069
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.952 1.079 0.112
11 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'53.108 1.235 0.156
12 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'53.242 1.369 0.134
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'53.402 1.529 0.160
14 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.557 1.684 0.155
15 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'53.592 1.719 0.035
16 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'53.685 1.812 0.093
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.743 1.870 0.058
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.968 2.095 0.225
19 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'54.013 2.140 0.045
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.243 2.370 0.230
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'54.249 2.376 0.006
22 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.378 2.505 0.129
23 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'54.477 2.604 0.099
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'54.633 2.760 0.156
25 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'55.005 3.132 0.372
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'55.051 3.178 0.046
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'55.265 3.392 0.214
28 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.593 3.720 0.328
29 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'56.431 4.558 0.838
  26 Izam IKMAL Honda 2'00.484 8.611 4.053
Round Number: 
19
2018
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