Day 2 at Silverstone started with an uncharacteristic spotless blue sky and the pleasant conditions perhaps gave an unwarranted boost of confidence to lightweight class riders. That led to a handful of early crashes form the likes of Kazuki Masaki, Riccardo Rossi and Alonso Lopez while John McPhee held the early lead. All was forgotten when riders left pitlane with only three minutes left of the session, chasing that one final flying lap to secure a Q2 position.
Not unusual for the Moto3 class, some riders got their timing not quite right and took the checkered flag at the end of their outlap, including Tony Arbolino, but the Italian was already leading the way in FP3 and kept top spot until the end. Romano Fenati improved late on and came within two tenths of the leader, with Marcos Ramirez the big winner of the final shootout, the Spaniard placing his Leopard machine into third position.
Niccolo Antonelli and McPhee completed the top five, finishing within three tenths of a second of the leader, while Aron Canet felt he could have done better than sixth, had he not been impeded by traffic. Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta had his lucky day after a crash in the final 15 minutes made him miss out on the time attack but the Italian only dropped to seventh spot. Tatsuki Suzuki, Sergio Garcia and Andrea Migno rounded out the top ten. Rookie Ai Ogura and Jaume Masia missed out on top ten positions despite being only seven tenths off the lead.
Albert Arenas and Darryn Binder failed to improve on their Friday times but their fastest laps were still enough to see them through to Q2. Meanwhile, the likes of Kaito Toba, Jeremy Alcoba, Ayumu Sasaki, Jakub Kornfeil or Raul Fernandez will have to battle it out in Q1.
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