2019 Phillip Island Moto2 FP3 Result: Di Giannantonio Makes An Escape

In addition to cold wind giving viewers motion sickness from watching unsteady cameras, the intermediate class had the added complication of dark clouds gathering above them throughout the session. That only served to rush riders along in pursuit of a Q2 worthy time and early signs were more encouraging than for Moto3, Jorge Navarro’s early benchmark only three tenths of a second off Friday’s top time. However, further progress was halted for the middle part of the session, when riders retreated to pitlane as the wind picked up and a very light drops grazed visors.

Things hotted up again (only somewhat literally) for the final 15 minutes, when Fabio Di Giannantonio proved that Q2 was within reach and promptly joined the top ten overall. The Italian’s feat proved hard to replicate for his rivals and Di Giannantonio finished the final practice session on top, nearly three tenths ahead of an almost as impressive Marco Bezzecchi. Remy Gardner improved late on to climb to third but a late tangle with Xavi Vierge stopped any further improvements and left the local favourite outside of Q2, much like Sam Lowes in fourth.

Brad Binder in fifth was half a second off the leader, with Navarro dropping to sixth narrowly ahead of Iker Lecuona and Jesko Raffin. Rookie Jorge Martin was only ninth in FP3 but remained the fastest rider of the weekend overall. Lorenzo Baldassarri might have joined the top ten in the final practice session ahead of Tom Luthi and Alex Marquez, but unlike the two title hopefuls, the Italian got pushed out of Q2 by Di Giannantonio’s impressive display.

Despite writing no headlines in FP3, the likes of Tetsuta Nagashima, Nicolo Bulega, Stefano Manzi, Enea Bastianini and Augusto Fernandez also secured direct Q2 positions, leaving the likes of Baldassarri and Gardner to battle it off against Lowes, Luca Marini or Marcel Schrotter in Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'33.555    
2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'33.821 0.266 0.266
3 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'33.928 0.373 0.107
4 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.033 0.478 0.105
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'34.066 0.511 0.033
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'34.163 0.608 0.097
7 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'34.261 0.706 0.098
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'34.262 0.707 0.001
9 88 Jorge MARTIN KTM 1'34.281 0.726 0.019
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.330 0.775 0.049
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.369 0.814 0.039
12 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.379 0.824 0.010
13 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'34.447 0.892 0.068
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'34.468 0.913 0.021
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'34.608 1.053 0.140
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.669 1.114 0.061
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'34.686 1.131 0.017
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'34.808 1.253 0.122
19 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'34.848 1.293 0.040
20 16 Joe ROBERTS KTM 1'34.967 1.412 0.119
21 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'35.104 1.549 0.137
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'35.367 1.812 0.263
23 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'35.491 1.936 0.124
24 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'35.856 2.301 0.365
25 96 Jake DIXON KTM 1'35.884 2.329 0.028
26 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'36.136 2.581 0.252
27 18 Xavi CARDELUS KTM 1'36.238 2.683 0.102
28 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'36.360 2.805 0.122
29 77 Dominique AEGERTER MV Agusta 1'36.419 2.864 0.059
30 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'36.924 3.369 0.505
31 20 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 1'38.270 4.715 1.346
32 47 Adam NORRODIN Kalex 1'39.871 6.316 1.601
Round Number: 
17
2019
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