2021 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Öncü In The Good Sort Of Spotlight

Saturday morning was a more welcoming proposition for the lightweight class, with a fully dry track surface, although the cool conditions saw pretty slow progress on the timesheets. Only a handful of riders had managed to go any quicker than Friday until the final handful of minutes, when the shootout for the top 14 got underway. Back from a two-race suspension, Deniz Öncü returned in style, taking top spot in FP3 by a tenth of a second from newly crowned champion Pedro Acosta. Joel Kelso followed the leader on track and ended up following him on the timesheets as well, before Acosta got in between them, but the Australian promptly crashed out at turn 2 and the yellow flag caused some trouble for many rivals’ final flying laps.

After the serious reshuffle of cancelled lap times for yellow flags or track limits, Andrea Migno inherited fourth ahead of early session leaders Carlos Tatay, Dennis Foggia and Izan Guevara. Stefano Nepa dropped to 8th place following his penalty, with Tatsuki Suzuki and Romano Fenati joining him in the top 10. John McPhee and Jeremy Alcoba somewhat lucked into Q2 tickets after all the penalties, while Filip Salac and Darryn Binder were quick enough on Friday to make up for pretty underwhelming FP3 performances and stay in the combined top 14.

Local boys Sergio Garcia and Jaume Masia will have to put on a show in Q1 after ending practice in 19th and 27th position respectively, and will be joined by the likes of Niccolò Antonelli, Adrian Fernandez, Ayumu Sasaki or Yuki Kunii, all of whom had cancelled lap times late in FP3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.256    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'39.355 0.099 0.099
3 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'39.403 0.147 0.048
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'39.424 0.168 0.021
5 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.440 0.184 0.016
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.461 0.205 0.021
7 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'39.461 0.205  
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.535 0.279 0.074
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'39.618 0.362 0.083
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.695 0.439 0.077
11 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.904 0.648 0.209
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'39.905 0.649 0.001
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.990 0.734 0.085
14 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'40.025 0.769 0.035
15 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'40.168 0.912 0.143
16 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'40.239 0.983 0.071
17 95 Jose Antonio Rueda Honda 1'40.290 1.034 0.051
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'40.407 1.151 0.117
19 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'40.452 1.196 0.045
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'40.480 1.224 0.028
21 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'40.487 1.231 0.007
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'40.602 1.346 0.115
23 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.902 1.646 0.300
24 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'41.033 1.777 0.131
25 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'41.155 1.899 0.122
26 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'41.530 2.274 0.375
27 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'41.861 2.605 0.331
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'42.399 3.143 0.538
Round Number: 
18
2021
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