2016 Austin Moto3 FP3: Navarro Dominates In The Morning

Facing the dual threats of rain and an increasingly quick rival, Jorge Navarro set the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend to take the top spot in FP3 Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. But neither rain nor rival could stop Navarro, whose 2'16.121 put him six-tenths of a second clear of Romano Fenati (2nd) who had led much of the morning session.

The threat of rain also retreated by the end of the 45-minute FP3. Livio Loi took the third spot and was the last of three riders to dip into the 2'16s in the practice with cool tempertures and a cloudy sky. Niccolo Antonelli, who climbed as high as second in the timesheet early on, settled into fourth, just in front of the surprise of the morning: Bo Bendsneyder. The teammate of Brad Binder, Bendsneyder (5th) for the first time this season set a practice time faster than his championship-leading teammate.

Aron Canet continued a strong weekend with sixth followed by Nicolo Bulega (7th). Fabio Quartararo, who until Navarro's hot lap had set the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend, could not match his FP2 times and finished eighth. Brad Binder also slightly struggled in the cooler condtions to take ninth, just clear of Andrea Locatelli (10th).

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 2'16.121  
2 5 Romano FENATI KTM 2'16.737 0.616 / 0.616
3 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'16.888 0.767 / 0.151
4 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'17.058 0.937 / 0.170
5 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'17.114 0.993 / 0.056
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'17.203 1.082 / 0.089
7 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'17.232 1.111 / 0.029
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 2'17.235 1.114 / 0.003
9 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'17.431 1.310 / 0.196
10 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 2'17.435 1.314 / 0.004
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'17.451 1.330 / 0.016
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'17.471 1.350 / 0.020
13 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'17.573 1.452 / 0.102
14 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'17.624 1.503 / 0.051
15 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'17.639 1.518 / 0.015
16 98 Karel HANIKA Mahindra 2'17.640 1.519 / 0.001
17 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 2'17.665 1.544 / 0.025
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 2'17.692 1.571 / 0.027
19 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 2'17.822 1.701 / 0.130
20 36 Joan MIR KTM 2'17.992 1.871 / 0.170
21 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'18.359 2.238 / 0.367
22 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 2'18.449 2.328 / 0.090
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'18.606 2.485 / 0.157
24 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.621 2.500 / 0.015
25 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 2'18.705 2.584 / 0.084
26 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'18.839 2.718 / 0.134
27 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 2'19.040 2.919 / 0.201
28 10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot 2'19.261 3.140 / 0.221
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'19.648 3.527 / 0.387
30 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 2'19.837 3.716 / 0.189
31 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 2'19.904 3.783 / 0.067
32 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 2'20.518 4.397 / 0.614
33 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 2'21.878 5.757 / 1.360

 

Round Number: 
3
2016
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