2021 Austin Moto3 FP1 Result: Antonelli Kicks Off Wet Friday

Austin gave the MotoGP paddock a very wet welcome on their return to the States and although the track conditions seemed kind on the lightweight class for their first outing of the weekend, it was a slippery end to the session, with quite a few last minute tumbles. Times were reasonably quick and the lead changed hands many times until Niccolò Antonelli picked up top spot in the final couple of minutes of FP1, dropping Filip Salac to second by one hundredth of a second. Rookie Alberto Surra seemed to enjoy the challenge of a new circuit, climbing up to third, ahead of teammate Andrea Migno.

After leading the way early on, Tatsuki Suzuki dropped to fifth, almost a second and a half behind the leader. Romano Fenati was close behind in sixth place, with Sergio Garcia in seventh, although the Spaniard ended the morning with a pretty painful looking crash at turn 10. Darryn Binder, Izan Guevara and Riccardo Rossi completed the top 10, while championship leader Pedro Acosta made a solid start on unfamiliar soil and only slid outside of the top 10 in the closing stages, after a slight tumble at turn 14. Deniz Öncü, Jaume Masia and Stefano Nepa joined the top 14 of FP1, over two seconds behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'32.152    
2 12 Filip Salac KTM 2'32.254 0.102 0.102
3 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'32.273 0.121 0.019
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'32.556 0.404 0.283
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'33.554 1.402 0.998
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'33.610 1.458 0.056
7 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'33.672 1.520 0.062
8 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'33.689 1.537 0.017
9 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'33.755 1.603 0.066
10 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'33.901 1.749 0.146
11 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'33.937 1.785 0.036
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'34.627 2.475 0.690
13 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'34.824 2.672 0.197
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'35.287 3.135 0.463
15 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'35.827 3.675 0.540
16 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'35.959 3.807 0.132
17 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'36.274 4.122 0.315
18 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'36.285 4.133 0.011
19 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'36.304 4.152 0.019
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'36.366 4.214 0.062
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'36.629 4.477 0.263
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'36.717 4.565 0.088
23 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'37.048 4.896 0.331
24 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'37.068 4.916 0.020
25 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'37.216 5.064 0.148
26 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'37.422 5.270 0.206
27 17 John McPhee Honda 2'37.868 5.716 0.446
Round Number: 
15
2021
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