2017 Phillip Island Moto3 FP3 Result: Mir Fast Before Rain Turns Up

The promise of rain and the delivery of clear but significantly chilly conditions instead gave too much confidence to the feisty lot of the Moto3 grid. What that meant was a few unpleasant crashes to start proceedings on Saturday morning, fast men like Nicolo Bulega and Bo Bendsneyder giving their teams plenty of homework.

The cold temperatures made it difficult for the lightweight class to get anywhere near to Friday performance, Jules Danilo being a fresh face at the top of the timings for much of the morning session. The Frenchman kept a charging Joan Mir away until the last quarter of an hour, the world championship leader over a second slower than his own best time from FP2.

That seemed to be sorted until five minutes later, when Fabio di Giannantonio pulled a rabbit out of the hat to lead the session after being pretty much nowhere on day one. The more familiar face of Jorge Martin also put in his bid for the lead but in the end it was Mir who got within four tenths of a second of the weekend’s best time right as the rain flag made an appearance in the remaining five minutes.

Martin got demoted to second position by a tenth of a second, with Di Giannantonio almost another half a second back. Danilo lost a bit of ground but saved a fourth position through his early fast lap – eight tenths slower and closely followed by Marcos Ramirez in fifth and John McPhee in sixth spot.

Tatsuki Suzuki and Aron Canet were the final men to post a time within a second of the leader, with Enea Bastianini and Juanfran Guevara completed the top ten.

Despite his crash, Bendsneyder was fast enough for twelfth, over a second off the pace and marginally faster than a still struggling Romano Fenati in thirteenth spot. Bulega’s swift repair job meant that the Italian could at least enjoy some five minutes of track time – good enough for fourteenth position before gesticulating vividly to his compatriot and former teammate.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'37.567    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.677 0.110 0.110
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'38.171 0.604 0.494
4 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'38.418 0.851 0.247
5 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'38.459 0.892 0.041
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'38.465 0.898 0.006
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'38.535 0.968 0.070
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'38.550 0.983 0.015
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'38.640 1.073 0.090
10 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'38.663 1.096 0.023
11 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'38.706 1.139 0.043
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'38.852 1.285 0.146
13 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'38.886 1.319 0.034
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'38.962 1.395 0.076
15 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'38.964 1.397 0.002
16 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'38.990 1.423 0.026
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'39.074 1.507 0.084
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'39.126 1.559 0.052
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'39.170 1.603 0.044
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'39.174 1.607 0.004
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'39.175 1.608 0.001
22 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'39.227 1.660 0.052
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'39.424 1.857 0.197
24 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'39.712 2.145 0.288
25 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'39.996 2.429 0.284
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'40.045 2.478 0.049
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'40.125 2.558 0.080
28 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 1'40.784 3.217 0.659
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'40.828 3.261 0.044
30 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 1'41.755 4.188 0.927
  27 Kaito TOBA Honda      
Round Number: 
16
2017
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