2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Result: An Antonelli Reminder

A big improvement in track temperature predictably led to faster times and faster crashes. No harm done and it ended up as a good afternoon at the office for the Italians. Tony Arbolino sat at the top of the timing screens for most of the session, until Niccolo Antonelli dethroned him in a final time attack. The SIC58 Squadra racer snuck ahead of Kaito Toba by a mere four hundredths of a second but the Japanese rider missed out on perfectly fine opportunity to fight back by suffering a rather speedy crash on his last lap.

Enea Bastianini was consistently in the top three and ended up third, a tenth down on the leader. Arbolino could not improve in the late part of the session and dropped to fourth, only nine thousandths of a second ahead of Marco Bezzecchi. Aron Canet progressed significantly from the morning session and climbed all the way to sixth, edging ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Philipp Oettl finished half a second down on Antonelli, while FP1 leader Jorge Martin couldn’t quite improve on his morning benchmark - although he got very close – and could only climb up to ninth. The top ten was filled in by Andrea Migno, who overcame an early slide through the gravel trap.

Makar Yurchenko was once again best of the rest, while Nicolo Bulega showed some signs of progress in 12th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'42.596    
2 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'42.644 0.048 0.048
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.773 0.177 0.129
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'42.852 0.256 0.079
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'42.861 0.265 0.009
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.980 0.384 0.119
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.985 0.389 0.005
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.158 0.562 0.173
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.198 0.602 0.040
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.213 0.617 0.015
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.269 0.673 0.056
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.308 0.712 0.039
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.316 0.720 0.008
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.331 0.735 0.015
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'43.348 0.752 0.017
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.354 0.758 0.006
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.419 0.823 0.065
18 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.444 0.848 0.025
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.489 0.893 0.045
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.653 1.057 0.164
21 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.661 1.065 0.008
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.671 1.075 0.010
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.689 1.093 0.018
24 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.719 1.123 0.030
25 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.806 1.210 0.087
26 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'43.850 1.254 0.044
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.916 1.320 0.066
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.295 1.699 0.379
Round Number: 
5
2018
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