2019 Phillip Island Moto3 FP1 Result: Arbolino Faces The Downpour

There was nothing fast and furious about that start of action down under, with strong wind blowing around big drops of rain just as the lightweight class was putting on gloves and attaching knee sliders. The challenging conditions brought Tony Arbolino to the fore, the young Italian consistently finding more speed than his rivals. By the time the worsening deluge halted further improvements, the VNE Snipers rider was one step ahead – worth seven tenths of a second.

Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta got his possible championship winning weekend off to a good start with a second position and was the only man within a second of his leading compatriot. Romano Fenati made it an all-Italian recipe for the top three, a full second slower than his teammate. Darryn Binder was best of the rest, with John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo ending the morning with times within two seconds of the leader.

Andrea Migno saved a seventh position despite being a victim of the treacherous conditions at turn two in the final couple of minutes of FP1, marginally ahead of steadily improving rookie Sergio Garcia. Riccardo Rossi also became acquainted with some harmless gravel but still made his way into ninth place, while Marcos Ramirez rounded out the top ten.

Aron Canet did the least running in an already limited session, the Spaniard taking it easy in 11th spot and with the rest of the provisional top 14 positions going to Alonso Lopez, Tatsuki Suzuki and Can Oncu. Niccolo Anonelli narrowly missed out after an early tumble at turn eight, while Albert Arenas made a tough start with two crashes in the first practice session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'48.024    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'48.764 0.740 0.740
3 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'49.085 1.061 0.321
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'49.348 1.324 0.263
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'49.482 1.458 0.134
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'49.695 1.671 0.213
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'50.289 2.265 0.594
8 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'50.325 2.301 0.036
9 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'50.764 2.740 0.439
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'50.951 2.927 0.187
11 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'50.993 2.969 0.042
12 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'51.158 3.134 0.165
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'51.397 3.373 0.239
14 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'51.457 3.433 0.060
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'51.565 3.541 0.108
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'51.743 3.719 0.178
17 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'51.876 3.852 0.133
18 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'51.933 3.909 0.057
19 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'51.949 3.925 0.016
20 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'52.093 4.069 0.144
21 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'52.523 4.499 0.430
22 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'52.595 4.571 0.072
23 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'52.815 4.791 0.220
24 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'53.358 5.334 0.543
25 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'53.577 5.553 0.219
26 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'53.673 5.649 0.096
27 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'53.684 5.660 0.011
28 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'54.032 6.008 0.348
29 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.102 6.078 0.070
  15 Rogan CHANDLER Kalex KTM 2'01.257 13.233 7.155
  9 Yanni SHAW Kalex KTM      
Round Number: 
17
2019
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