2019 Phillip Island Moto3 FP3 Result: Arbolino Not Quite Gone With The Wind

Not quite the Titanic spin-off predicted 24 hours ago but although the lightweight class escaped another downpour, they could not dodge the cold and the wind. A few riders took to the track all wrapped up and resigned to the idea that the Q2 ship has sailed but keen to work towards the race, while some were in no hurry to aggravate injuries or risk new ones in the challenging conditions.

Tony Arbolino proved once again his prowess for tricky conditions but it did little to help his cause for qualifying. The Italian still gave it a good go, posting red sector after red sector and leading the session throughout. Filip Salac grabbed the mantle for top rookie in FP3, two tenths of a second off the lead and less than a tenth ahead of Ayumu Sasaki. Romano Fenati also braved the conditions to go fourth and the final rider within half a second of his teammate’s lead.

Dennis Foggia rounded out the top five, very closely followed by Vietti, Raul Fernandez and Can Oncu. Estrella Galicia duo of Alonso Lopez and Sergio Garcia completed the top ten, one second slower than Arbolino. In the end, Gabriel Rodrigo was the only rider not to leave the comfort of pitlane to try to set a time.

With lap times nowhere near Friday benchmarks, Aron Canet stayed at the top of the overall pile, as the fastest man of the weekend and favourite ahead of qualifying. The Spaniard will be joined in Q2 by main rival Dalla Porta, as well as Albert Arenas, Niccolo Antonelli, Tatsuki Suzuki, Andrea Migno, John McPhee, Fenati, Foggia, Rodrigo, Stefano Nepa, Vietti, Kaito Toba and Marcos Ramirez. Darryn Binder and Arbolino are due to headline Q1 alongside Fernandez, Jakub Kornfeil or Garcia.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'38.492    
2 12 Filip SALAC KTM 1'38.694 0.202 0.202
3 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'38.779 0.287 0.085
4 55 Romano FENATI Honda 1'38.913 0.421 0.134
5 7 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'39.147 0.655 0.234
6 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'39.165 0.673 0.018
7 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'39.244 0.752 0.079
8 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'39.294 0.802 0.050
9 21 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'39.442 0.950 0.148
10 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'39.546 1.054 0.104
11 44 Aron CANET KTM 1'39.722 1.230 0.176
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'39.906 1.414 0.184
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'39.917 1.425 0.011
14 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'39.963 1.471 0.046
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'40.022 1.530 0.059
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'40.072 1.580 0.050
17 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Honda 1'40.187 1.695 0.115
18 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'40.289 1.797 0.102
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'40.557 2.065 0.268
20 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'40.895 2.403 0.338
21 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'40.905 2.413 0.010
22 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'41.052 2.560 0.147
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'41.142 2.650 0.090
24 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 1'41.273 2.781 0.131
25 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'41.517 3.025 0.244
26 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'41.815 3.323 0.298
27 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'41.957 3.465 0.142
28 54 Riccardo ROSSI Honda 1'42.194 3.702 0.237
29 15 Rogan CHANDLER Kalex KTM 1'45.166 6.674 2.972
  9 Yanni SHAW Kalex KTM 1'49.480 10.988 4.314
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda      
Round Number: 
17
2019
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Comments

The wind is cold & so strong it would blow a dog off a chain.

Still predicting thunderstorm and rain, not raining in Cowes at the moment.