2021 Assen Moto2 FP3 Result: Raul Fernandez Resumes Control

In typical Moto2 fashion, riders were keen to attack the timesheets early on but could not quite touch Augusto Fernandez’s Friday benchmark until Raul Fernandez dethroned him with 25 minutes left of the session. Despite a small tumble at turn three soon after, the rookie rejoined the action and kept top spot to the end of the session. After the Sky Racing team tinkered a bit with his machine, Marco Bezzecchi made a late jump to second, two tenths off the leader and another tenth ahead of Jorge Navarro. Somkiat Chantra also bided his time to join the top four of the session, with a consistent Sam Lowes completing the top five.

Championship leader Remy Gardner in sixth was under four tenths of a second from the leader and very closely followed by Ai Ogura, the rookie joining the Q2 worthy positions in the closing stages of the session. Augusto Fernandez was eighth in the session and was the only rider not to improve his time from Friday, but that time was good enough for third on the combined timesheets. Celestino Vietti finally gets a taste of Q2, after following compatriot Bezzecchi around on a hot lap and helping himself to ninth place in FP3.

Fellow rookie Tony Arbolino completed the top 10, while the remaining top 14 positions were secured by Fabio Di Giannantonio, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Marcel Schrotter and Tom Luthi. Home favourite Bo Bendsneyder missed by one hundredth of a second and was only half a second slower than the leader. He will be joined in Q1 by the likes of the Petronas duo of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon, FP2 leader Hector Garzo and a subdued Aron Canet.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'36.511    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.710 0.199 0.199
3 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'36.838 0.327 0.128
4 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'36.892 0.381 0.054
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.894 0.383 0.002
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.909 0.398 0.015
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'36.927 0.416 0.018
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.944 0.433 0.017
9 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'36.946 0.435 0.002
10 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.001 0.490 0.055
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'37.033 0.522 0.032
12 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.048 0.537 0.015
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.058 0.547 0.010
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.061 0.550 0.003
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'37.077 0.566 0.016
16 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'37.097 0.586 0.020
17 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.120 0.609 0.023
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.122 0.611 0.002
19 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.156 0.645 0.034
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.175 0.664 0.019
21 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'37.187 0.676 0.012
22 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.200 0.689 0.013
23 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'37.228 0.717 0.028
24 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.245 0.734 0.017
25 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.586 1.075 0.341
26 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'37.762 1.251 0.176
27 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'38.047 1.536 0.285
28 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta 1'38.217 1.706 0.170
29 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'38.426 1.915 0.209
30 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'38.439 1.928 0.013
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