2021 Austin Moto2 FP3 Result: Another Raul Fernandez Headline

The weather in Austin was stable enough to deliver three dry FP3 sessions and the intermediate class didn’t have to rush to sort out the top 14 positions. Despite a few movements early on, Raul Fernandez’s Friday benchmark stood until the final handful of minutes of FP3, when fellow rookie Ai Ogura and then teammate Remy Gardner challenged for the top of the timesheets. However, Fernandez quickly responded to reclaim the lead by six hundredths of a second from Gardner, whose final charge was derailed by a moment in the final sector. Fabio Di Giannantonio climbed into third late in the session, demoting Ogura to fourth, half a second off top spot.

Augusto Fernandez made some progress to lead teammate Sam Lowes on the timesheets, while rookie Cameron Beaubier continues to shine on home soil, this time up to 7th position. Marco Bezzecchi in 8th was seven tenths off the lead and ahead of Aron Canet, who took a quick trip to the medical centre after an early crash at turn 6 but was swiftly back in action to secure ninth. Albert Arenas rounded out the top 10 placements, with Jorge Navarro recovering some ground after a challenging Friday. Simone Corsi, Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge secured the final tickets straight to Q2, leaving the likes of Tom Luthi, Marcel Schrotter and Marcos Ramirez to fight it out in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'09.258    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'09.319 0.061 0.061
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'09.733 0.475 0.414
4 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'09.823 0.565 0.090
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'09.862 0.604 0.039
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'09.969 0.711 0.107
7 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'09.982 0.724 0.013
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'09.987 0.729 0.005
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'10.214 0.956 0.227
10 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'10.232 0.974 0.018
11 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'10.266 1.008 0.034
12 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'10.432 1.174 0.166
13 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'10.451 1.193 0.019
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'10.462 1.204 0.011
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'10.470 1.212 0.008
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'10.520 1.262 0.050
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'10.522 1.264 0.002
18 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'10.656 1.398 0.134
19 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'10.685 1.427 0.029
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'10.835 1.577 0.150
21 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'10.871 1.613 0.036
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'10.913 1.655 0.042
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'11.042 1.784 0.129
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'11.096 1.838 0.054
25 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'11.163 1.905 0.067
26 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2'11.164 1.906 0.001
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'11.501 2.243 0.337
28 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'11.514 2.256 0.013
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'11.600 2.342 0.086
30 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2'11.714 2.456 0.114
Round Number: 
15
2021
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