2021 Barcelona Moto3 FP3 Result: Nepa Surprises Rodrigo

The sun finally found its way to Barcelona and there was no cloud in sight for the final practice session of the Moto3 class. Gabriel Rodrigo started the day like he finished Friday, at the top of the timesheets at the start of FP3 and maintained his prime position on the combined standings until the final shootout for Q2 places. With the habitual waiting around and faffing about, the time attack lasted only one lap but timing screens turned red all over and the order changed quite drastically. In the end it was Stefano Nepa popping up to the top of the charts and demoting Rodrigo from the lead by four hundredths of a second. Tatsuki Suzuki’s late charge lifted him up to third, with Deniz Öncü and Romano Fenati joining the top five.

Niccolò Antonelli, Jeremy Alcoba, Dennis Foggia and Ayumu Sasaki all finished the session within half a second of the leader, while Filip Salac rounded out the top ten positions. Kaito Toba and Adrian Fernandez missed out on the top 10 by less than a tenth of a second but safely secured Q2 places. The remaining lucky tickets went to Darryn Binder and Izan Guevara, the only riders who failed to get quicker on Saturday morning and finished 21st and 27th on the timesheets but their FP2 times saved the day. That left the likes of Sergio Garcia, Jaume Masia, Andrea Migno, Pedro Acosta and John McPhee to battle it out in Q1, despite only being around 7 tenths slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'47.761    
2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.809 0.048 0.048
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.833 0.072 0.024
4 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'47.980 0.219 0.147
5 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.031 0.270 0.051
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.055 0.294 0.024
7 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.157 0.396 0.102
8 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.163 0.402 0.006
9 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.259 0.498 0.096
10 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'48.310 0.549 0.051
11 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.383 0.622 0.073
12 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'48.402 0.641 0.019
13 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'48.455 0.694 0.053
14 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'48.457 0.696 0.002
15 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.479 0.718 0.022
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'48.490 0.729 0.011
17 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.560 0.799 0.070
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.570 0.809 0.010
19 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'48.583 0.822 0.013
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'48.800 1.039 0.217
21 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.939 1.178 0.139
22 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.199 1.438 0.260
23 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.332 1.571 0.133
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'49.348 1.587 0.016
25 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'49.719 1.958 0.371
26 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'50.100 2.339 0.381
27 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'50.177 2.416 0.077
28 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'50.221 2.460 0.044
Round Number: 
7
2021
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