2021 Barcelona Moto2 FP3 Result: Gardner Demotes The Fernandez Duet

The final practice session of the premier class was a familiar sight with championship leader Remy Gardner demoting the Fernandez clan out of the limelight in the closing stages of FP3. Teammate Raul Fernandez was only two hundredths of a second back, while Augusto Fernandez dropped to third, after having led the way for most of the session. Aron Canet in fourth adds a third Spaniard to the mix, while Bo Bendsneyder joined the top five early on.

Marco Bezzecchi and Marcos Ramirez were the only other riders to post a lap time within half a second of the leader, with Xavi Vierge close behind in 8th position. Sam Lowes finished the session 9th and failed to improve on his Friday time after missing out on some track time due to a harmless early tumble at turn 10. Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10, followed by two sets of teammates: Marcel Schrotter and rookie Tony Arbolino for Liqui Moly Intact GP and Joe Roberts and more surprisingly Lorenzo Dalla Porta for Italtrans Racing. The final Q2 tickets went to Ai Ogura, whose session got cut short by a late crash at turn 4.

Although he spent most of the session within the top 14, Albert Arenas got demoted by Dalla Porta’s late charge and the Moto3 champion missed out on Q2 by three hundredths of a second. He will be joined in the Q1 line-up by the likes of Tom Luthi, Jorge Navarro, Jake Dixon and Fabio Di Giannantonio, although the Italian visited the medical centre for a check-up after a nasty highside at turn 4.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.446    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.467 0.021 0.021
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.588 0.142 0.121
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.744 0.298 0.156
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'43.780 0.334 0.036
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.878 0.432 0.098
7 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.934 0.488 0.056
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.970 0.524 0.036
9 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.988 0.542 0.018
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.997 0.551 0.009
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.047 0.601 0.050
12 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'44.071 0.625 0.024
13 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.094 0.648 0.023
14 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'44.129 0.683 0.035
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'44.163 0.717 0.034
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.193 0.747 0.030
17 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.214 0.768 0.021
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.257 0.811 0.043
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.268 0.822 0.011
20 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'44.377 0.931 0.109
21 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.409 0.963 0.032
22 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.441 0.995 0.032
23 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.575 1.129 0.134
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.662 1.216 0.087
25 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.714 1.268 0.052
26 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'44.735 1.289 0.021
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.865 1.419 0.130
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.939 1.493 0.074
29 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'45.448 2.002 0.509
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'46.045 2.599 0.597
31 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1'46.050 2.604 0.005
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta      
Round Number: 
7
2021
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