2021 Austin Moto3 FP3 Result: Masia Leads Nepa

The weather radars were kind on the lightweight class on Saturday morning, with dry conditions for FP3 and a solid opportunity to fight for that valuable top 14. Despite the improved forecast, riders were in no hurry to attack the timesheets so Filip Salac’s top FP2 time held on until the shootout in the final handful of minutes. Jaume Masia eventually managed to claim the top of the timesheets by almost two tenths of a second from Stefano Nepa, whose late charge promoted him to second, ahead of compatriots Dennis Foggia and Niccolò Antonelli.

Rookie Xavier Artigas continued to shine on an unfamiliar playground, less than three tenths behind the leader and ahead of class veteran Romano Fenati. Jeremy Alcoba snuck ahead of Andrea Migno by one thousandth of a second, the Italian enjoying limited running after some early technical niggles. Friday leader Salac was the last rider to improve his time on Saturday but his final flying lap was enough to get him back into the top 10, ahead of Deniz Öncü.

After a brief stint at the top, Pedro Acosta settled for 11th position, half a second off top spot and secured a ticket in Q2 alongside fellow rookie Izan Guevara, Ayumu Sasaki and Tatsuki Suzuki. The Petronas Sprinta duo of John McPhee and Darryn Binder finished over a second down on the leader and will have to enjoy an extra rodeo ride in Q1. Sergio Garcia will not get a chance to do that, as the Spaniard was ruled out of the remainder of the weekend due to some bruising on his kidney suffered in an FP1 crash.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'16.357    
2 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'16.543 0.186 0.186
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'16.586 0.229 0.043
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'16.613 0.256 0.027
5 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'16.644 0.287 0.031
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'16.665 0.308 0.021
7 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'16.719 0.362 0.054
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'16.720 0.363 0.001
9 12 Filip Salac KTM 2'16.741 0.384 0.021
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'16.865 0.508 0.124
11 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'16.922 0.565 0.057
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'17.007 0.650 0.085
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'17.057 0.700 0.050
14 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'17.280 0.923 0.223
15 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'17.294 0.937 0.014
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'17.339 0.982 0.045
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'17.349 0.992 0.010
18 17 John McPhee Honda 2'17.525 1.168 0.176
19 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'17.554 1.197 0.029
20 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'17.647 1.290 0.093
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'17.854 1.497 0.207
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'18.042 1.685 0.188
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'18.324 1.967 0.282
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'18.666 2.309 0.342
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'18.915 2.558 0.249
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'19.016 2.659 0.101
Round Number: 
15
2021
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