2021 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: McPhee Tops Cold Session

Le Mans did not seem to welcome the lightweight class with open arms for the first session of the weekend and provided them with a damp track and cold conditions, even a touch of fine rain towards the end. While gravel traps predictably saw a lot of action, particularly at turn 3, John McPhee was looking to bounce back after a difficult Sunday in Jerez and made a good start in Le Mans, the Scotsman taking the lead in the final couple of minutes of FP1. Sensational rookie Pedro Acosta tested the gravel at turn 3 twice, on his first visit at the French track but eventually found good speed to climb into second on the timesheets, half a second slower than McPhee. Sergio Garcia joined the top 3 closely behind his compatriot, followed by Gabriel Rodrigo, who held top spot for most of the session.

Tatsuki Suzuki joined the top 5, ahead of Andi Farid Izdihar and Adrian Fernandez, both of whom also joined the crash list. Filip Salac in eighth position was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader, followed by teammate Andrea Migno, who opened the crash recital early in the session. Early session leader Jaume Masia completed the top 10 after a late lap cancellation for Yuki Kunii, who dropped to 14th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'53.294    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'53.857 0.563 0.563
3 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'53.890 0.596 0.033
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'53.933 0.639 0.043
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'54.119 0.825 0.186
6 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'54.219 0.925 0.100
7 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'54.250 0.956 0.031
8 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'54.252 0.958 0.002
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'54.332 1.038 0.080
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'54.474 1.180 0.142
11 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'54.530 1.236 0.056
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'54.621 1.327 0.091
13 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'54.737 1.443 0.116
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'54.761 1.467 0.024
15 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'54.831 1.537 0.070
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'55.288 1.994 0.457
17 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'55.810 2.516 0.522
18 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'55.946 2.652 0.136
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'56.017 2.723 0.071
20 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'56.040 2.746 0.023
21 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'56.054 2.760 0.014
22 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'56.138 2.844 0.084
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'56.256 2.962 0.118
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'56.263 2.969 0.007
25 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'56.334 3.040 0.071
26 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'56.342 3.048 0.008
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'57.086 3.792 0.744
28 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'58.547 5.253 1.461
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'01.427 8.133 2.880
Round Number: 
5
2021
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so, Le Mans is track that Acosta hasn't seen & its wet, chilly, and treacherous.   poor Pedro only places 2nd on his first view...    amazing!