2018 Misano Moto2 FP3 Result: Oliveira Steals Fernandez’s Thunder

With a wet start to the day, the lightweight and premier class had dried up the track to adequate levels by the time Moto2 riders took their turn on the playground. The added confidence resulted in some early crashes for the likes of Brad Binder, Joan Mir or Xavi Vierge but the repair job was minimal and allowed them to rejoin with sufficient time.

One man who avoided any niggles this time around was Augusto Fernandez, the Pons racer taking over the top of the timesheets by a mere thousandth of a second from championship leader Pecco Bagnaia in the final 15 minutes of the session. Both riders showed good speed throughout the morning but there appeared to be few rivals for the Sky rider on race pace. While Miguel Oliveira was not one of them throughout this session, the Portuguese rider did serve a reminder of his speed as he attacked the top of the standings right at the checkered flag, taking the lead by six hundredths of a second.

Fernandez then settled for second best, ahead of Bagnaia, while Marcel Schrotter had a quietly confident session in fourth. Italian duo Mattia Pasini and Luca Marini were also in the mix inside the top six, followed by two more compatriots in Andrea Locatelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri, with Fabio Quartararo the final rider within half a second of the leader.

Despite his early tumble, Mir recovered to round out the top ten, while teammate Alex Marquez had no such luck and the damage from his tip-off in turn 15 prevented him from completing his work and dropped him all the way to 13th.

Results: 

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.754    
2 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'37.816 0.062 0.062
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.817 0.063 0.001
4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.880 0.126 0.063
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.915 0.161 0.035
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.170 0.416 0.255
7 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'38.206 0.452 0.036
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.241 0.487 0.035
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'38.244 0.490 0.003
10 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'38.260 0.506 0.016
11 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'38.333 0.579 0.073
12 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'38.401 0.647 0.068
13 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.450 0.696 0.049
14 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'38.483 0.729 0.033
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'38.665 0.911 0.182
16 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'38.668 0.914 0.003
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'38.677 0.923 0.009
18 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.914 1.160 0.237
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.922 1.168 0.008
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'39.079 1.325 0.157
21 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'39.130 1.376 0.051
22 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'39.148 1.394 0.018
23 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'39.226 1.472 0.078
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'39.374 1.620 0.148
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'39.537 1.783 0.163
26 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'39.633 1.879 0.096
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'39.647 1.893 0.014
28 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'39.654 1.900 0.007
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'40.205 2.451 0.551
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'40.370 2.616 0.165
31 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'40.535 2.781 0.165
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'41.391 3.637 0.856
33 12 Sheridan MORAIS Kalex 1'41.895 4.141 0.504
  32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter      
Round Number: 
13
2018
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