2017 Motegi Moto2 FP3 Result: Syahrin Reigns In The Rain

The intermediate class cannot catch a break – when the rain falls, it turns extra heavy when Moto2 riders hit the track. In rather cold and treacherous conditions, times were quite a way off from Friday pace and there was little hope to find major improvements throughout the session.

While Tom Luthi claimed top position in the early part of FP3, title rival Franco Morbidelli had a tip off in turn twelve in the first handful of laps. After a minor cleaning operation, the Italian was on a mission to catch up with the usual crowd, which meant some two seconds to make up on Luthi. The Swiss rider did try to help by sliding out briefly in turn five halfway through the session but Morbidelli needed no invitation, the Marc VDS rider getting within two tenths of his main rival in the final fifteen minutes.

With the title contenders into the pits, the lead of the session was claimed by Hafizh Syahrin, The Fish living up to his nickname once more to put nearly four tenths into the pursuers. The time stuck until the flag dropped and the Malaysian rider claimed the third practice session.

Luthi and Morbidelli rejoined the action but did not manage any red hot laps, a few late improvers separating them on the timesheets. Luthi saved his second position but the world championship leader was pushed back by Xavier Simeon and Pecco Bagnaia, both riders leaving it very late to make an impression on the top ten.

With Morbidelli dropping back to fifth, another couple of late performers claimed sixth and seventh positions: Sandro Cortese and Tetsuta Nagashima, both six tenths off the leader. Miguel Oliveira was close behind in eighth spot. It looked like more of the same struggle for Mattia Pasini for much of the session but the Italian finally put a decent run together in the final minutes of FP3 to climb into ninth.

Alex Marquez might have look like the man to take the fight to Luthi early this morning, until he was thrown off in tricky turn three in the final handful of minutes. The Spaniard failed to improve in the latter half of the session and dropped back to complete the top ten as the final rider within a second of Syahrin.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'06.163    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.540 0.377 0.377
3 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'06.559 0.396 0.019
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'06.716 0.553 0.157
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.716 0.553  
6 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'06.749 0.586 0.033
7 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'06.797 0.634 0.048
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.892 0.729 0.095
9 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.991 0.828 0.099
10 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.094 0.931 0.103
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.262 1.099 0.168
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'07.281 1.118 0.019
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'07.368 1.205 0.087
14 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'07.378 1.215 0.010
15 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.559 1.396 0.181
16 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'07.911 1.748 0.352
17 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'07.940 1.777 0.029
18 33 Ikuhiro ENOKIDO Kalex 2'07.987 1.824 0.047
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.167 2.004 0.180
20 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'08.237 2.074 0.070
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'08.264 2.101 0.027
22 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.299 2.136 0.035
23 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'08.332 2.169 0.033
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'08.531 2.368 0.199
25 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'08.634 2.471 0.103
26 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'08.702 2.539 0.068
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.912 2.749 0.210
28 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'09.306 3.143 0.394
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'09.395 3.232 0.089
30 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'09.774 3.611 0.379
31 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'10.052 3.889 0.278
32 34 Ryo MIZUNO Kalex 2'10.488 4.325 0.436
33 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'11.820 5.657 1.332

 

Round Number: 
15
2017
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