2019 Austin Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Hogs The Headlines

The lightweight class kept the track busy in search of a top 14 worthy lap ahead of a potentially wet FP3. With the extra bit of grip after the temperatures went up and the morning sessions dusted off the surface, it wasn’t too long before Romano Fenati went four tenths faster than his FP1 benchmark on only his fourth lap. The Italian then had a long rest in his garage and allowed rivals the illusion they could catch up but then came back fighting and stretched half a second’s advantage at the front.

The final five minutes saw a time attack on fresh rubber but it did not leave much of an impression on the top of the timesheets. Just as Niccolo Antonelli got within a thousandth of a second of the lead, Fenati found another half a second to post the first 2:16 time of the day. Tatsuki Suzuki found some speed late on and reduced the gap to about three tenths to finish the session second. Antonelli started his afternoon with a tumble but ended it in third position, a tenth ahead of Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Tony Arbolino got over an early rodeo moment to join the top five, while Aron Canet was towards the sharp end once again, in sixth and six tenths of a second off the lead.

Jakub Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo and Ayumu Sasaki also finished within a second of Fenati, while Andrea Migno held on to the top ten despite a late crash on a fast lap. In case the rainy forecast for FP3 becomes reality, Dennis Foggia, John McPhee, Kazuki Masaki and Alonso Lopez provisionally secured top 14 positions, while the class’ latest victor, Jaume Masia, missed out by eight hundredths of a second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 55 Romano FENATI Honda 2'16.679    
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'16.954 0.275 0.275
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'17.121 0.442 0.167
4 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'17.291 0.612 0.170
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'17.292 0.613 0.001
6 44 Aron CANET KTM 2'17.312 0.633 0.020
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'17.428 0.749 0.116
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'17.604 0.925 0.176
9 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'17.656 0.977 0.052
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'17.692 1.013 0.036
11 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'17.702 1.023 0.010
12 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'17.737 1.058 0.035
13 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'17.833 1.154 0.096
14 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'17.851 1.172 0.018
15 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'17.931 1.252 0.080
16 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'18.077 1.398 0.146
17 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'18.196 1.517 0.119
18 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'18.202 1.523 0.006
19 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'18.465 1.786 0.263
20 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 2'18.466 1.787 0.001
21 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'18.610 1.931 0.144
22 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'18.616 1.937 0.006
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'18.796 2.117 0.180
24 12 Filip SALAC KTM 2'19.304 2.625 0.508
25 61 Can ONCU KTM 2'19.973 3.294 0.669
26 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'20.107 3.428 0.134
27 81 Aleix VIU KTM 2'20.504 3.825 0.397
28 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 2'21.231 4.552 0.727
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'21.238 4.559 0.007
Round Number: 
3
2019
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