2018 Misano Moto3 FP3 Result: Bulega Sparks Home Hopes

As a consequence of photogenic overnight storms, it was a slow start for the lightweight class on a damp track that didn’t seem keen to dry up. Nonetheless, Nicolo Bulega put his local knowledge to good use and circulated about a second fastest than the opposition while the surface was riddled with wet patches. The Italian’s reign was challenged when the final ten minutes of the session brought out slick tyres to a partly dry line but none of the pursuers could hold back the gangly SKY rider.

Bulega’s lead on slicks was nearing seven tenths of a second over Philipp Oettl, while Tony Arbolino in third was the only other rider within a second of the leader. Niccolo Antonelli was best of the rest, with compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio rounding out a predominantly Italian top five.

FP1 leader Jakub Kornfeil found some more confidence in mixed conditions and after temporarily holding top spot he settled for sixth once his rain rubber wore off, three tenths ahead of Marcos Ramirez. The championship leader was in no great hurry to join proceedings but Marco Bezzecchi climbed into eighth spot on his sole flying lap. John McPhee and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat completed the top ten, around two seconds slower than Bulega.

Outside of the top twenty with only a handful of laps were Jaume Masia – who had a lot of work to catch up with after all the technical issues on Friday – and Aron Canet, the Spaniard’s progress halted by a pirouette in turn two halfway through the session. Amongst the other top contenders, Enea Bastianini only went out for some practice starts as the session drew to a close, while Jorge Martin did not want to take any unnecessary risks ahead of what looks like a dry race.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'51.364    
2 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'52.054 0.690 0.690
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.153 0.789 0.099
4 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'52.529 1.165 0.376
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'52.779 1.415 0.250
6 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'52.800 1.436 0.021
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'53.090 1.726 0.290
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'53.184 1.820 0.094
9 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'53.204 1.840 0.020
10 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'53.906 2.542 0.702
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'54.003 2.639 0.097
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'54.022 2.658 0.019
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.091 2.727 0.069
14 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'54.147 2.783 0.056
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'54.325 2.961 0.178
16 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.333 2.969 0.008
17 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'54.405 3.041 0.072
18 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.436 3.072 0.031
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'54.575 3.211 0.139
20 55 Yari MONTELLA Honda 1'55.080 3.716 0.505
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'56.139 4.775 1.059
22 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'56.628 5.264 0.489
23 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'58.208 6.844 1.580
24 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'58.531 7.167 0.323
  3 Kevin ZANNONI TM RACING 1'59.495 8.131 0.964
  71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'04.687 13.323 5.192
  10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM      
  33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda      
  75 Albert ARENAS KTM      
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      
Round Number: 
13
2018
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