2019 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Rodrigo Fends Off The Italians

Sunshine accompanied the MotoGP circus from Jerez all the way to Le Mans so the lightweight class opened proceedings in a sunny but chilly morning at the notorious French circuit. Jerez poleman Lorenzo Dalla Porta led most of the session until a minor tip off sent him back to the Leopard Racing garage halfway through the action. This allowed Gabriel Rodrigo to rob him of top position and the duo were running together for their final time attack. Although the Italian was stringing together red sectors on the timesheets, the Gresini man held firm at the front by eight hundredths of a second. Tony Arbolino joined the party in the final minutes of the session to sneak in between the two headliners of FP1, the Snipers rider half a tenth faster than Dalla Porta, who got demoted to third.

Kazuki Masaki and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top five only two tenths off the leader, with the rest of the top ten also within half a second of Rodrigo. The Spanish duo of Marcos Ramirez and Vicente Perez were sixth and seventh, while Ai Ogura snuck ahead of Raul Fernandez and Alonso Lopez. John McPhee also looked good inside the top ten until a late tumble cut his session short and pushed him back to 13th position.

It was a sluggish start for the likes of Andrea Migno, Jaume Masia, Aron Canet, Romano Fenati and Jerez victor Niccolo Antonelli, who finished their morning session towards the bottom of the top 20, almost a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'42.954    
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.042 0.088 0.088
3 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.099 0.145 0.057
4 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.120 0.166 0.021
5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.221 0.267 0.101
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'43.230 0.276 0.009
7 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'43.307 0.353 0.077
8 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.362 0.408 0.055
9 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.409 0.455 0.047
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'43.412 0.458 0.003
11 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'43.517 0.563 0.105
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.641 0.687 0.124
13 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'43.643 0.689 0.002
14 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'43.663 0.709 0.020
15 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.700 0.746 0.037
16 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.765 0.811 0.065
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.813 0.859 0.048
18 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'43.870 0.916 0.057
19 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'43.938 0.984 0.068
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.992 1.038 0.054
21 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'44.025 1.071 0.033
22 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'44.039 1.085 0.014
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.101 1.147 0.062
24 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'44.263 1.309 0.162
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.589 1.635 0.326
26 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'44.718 1.764 0.129
27 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'44.973 2.019 0.255
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'45.081 2.127 0.108
29 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'46.577 3.623 1.496
Round Number: 
5
2019
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