2020 Europe Moto3 FP1 Result: Masia Makes A Wet Start

November welcomed the lightweight class with a wet misty morning in Valencia and while the conditions didn’t cause too much trouble to begin with, it got significantly more eventful in the final ten minutes, as riders were starting to push for improved laptimes. Jaume Masia continued to claim the top of the timesheets in the final couple of minutes of FP1, three tenths ahead of previous leader Tatsuki Suzuki. The Japanese rider also joined the crash list lineup with a late tumble at turn 12, while compatriot Kaito Toba completed the top three, four tenths off the lead.

Alonso Lopez climbed into fourth, half a second off the fastest time and promptly crashed out at turn 14, while Tony Arbolino in sixth position had done the same a bit earlier at turn 5. Andrea Migno was one of the riders who managed to enjoy an uneventful morning, the Italian leading the way for much of the session before dropping back to sixth position. John McPhee also avoided a crash but was not spared some rodeo moments on his way to seventh on the timesheets and over a second down on the leader. Niccolo Antonelli, Celestino Vietti and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top ten.

Championship contenders Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas spent the morning outside of the top 20, but while the Japanese rider kept a low profile in the tricky conditions, the Spaniard was lucky to end the session unharmed after a late highside at turn 4.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 1'49.840    
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'50.134 0.294 0.294
3 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'50.245 0.405 0.111
4 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 1'50.345 0.505 0.100
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'50.522 0.682 0.177
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'50.649 0.809 0.127
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'51.170 1.330 0.521
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'51.215 1.375 0.045
9 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'51.254 1.414 0.039
10 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'51.278 1.438 0.024
11 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'51.299 1.459 0.021
12 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'51.383 1.543 0.084
13 12 Filip SALAC Honda 1'51.524 1.684 0.141
14 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'51.614 1.774 0.090
15 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'51.738 1.898 0.124
16 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'51.742 1.902 0.004
17 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'51.754 1.914 0.012
18 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'51.822 1.982 0.068
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'51.837 1.997 0.015
20 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'51.854 2.014 0.017
21 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'51.902 2.062 0.048
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'51.984 2.144 0.082
23 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'52.242 2.402 0.258
24 70 Barry BALTUS KTM 1'52.264 2.424 0.022
25 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'52.341 2.501 0.077
26 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 1'52.515 2.675 0.174
27 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'52.640 2.800 0.125
28 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'52.723 2.883 0.083
29 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'52.786 2.946 0.063
30 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 1'53.565 3.725 0.779
31 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'54.009 4.169 0.444
Round Number: 
13
2020
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