Moto3 Austria, FP2: John McPhee sets the best time, Bezzecchi follows

Despite the rain that fell during FP2 John McPhee managed to lead all through the round ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Gabriel Rodrigo.

Raindrops slowed down the Moto3’s second round of FP. The unstable weather conditions seemed to favor John McPhee though, as he managed to take the lead during the last few minutes, closing the round with the best time. Marco Bezzecchi finished 2nd and Gabriel Rodrigo 3rd, but there was also a crash between Bulega, Antonelli, and Atiratphuvapat, luckily with no serious consequence, even if the riders have been taken to the Medical Centre for check-ups.

As rain was already in the air, all the riders immediately started to do their best in order to register a good lap. But 10 minutes after the beginning of the round the St. Andrew-crossed-flag forced all riders to go back to their pit lanes. At that moment, Rodrigo was leading followed by some Italian riders, Di Giannantonio, Bastianini, Arbolino, Bezzecchi and Antonelli. But as the weather conditions improved, FP2 could resume (apart from Martin, who decided to stay in the pit lane out of caution). Some raindrops fell again at the end of the round, and there was also a multi-rider crash when Bulega suffered a violent highside on Turn 1, taking Antonelli and Atiratphuvapat down with him (the latter rider appeared in a lot of pain while he was leaving the track).

This round of FP ended with John McPhee leading the competition, followed by the current World Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi and by Gabriel Rodrigo. Enea Bastianini registered the 4th best time ahead of Philipp Öttl and Kaito Toba. Albert Arenas got the 7th place, followed by Tony Arbolino and Niccolò Antonelli. Jaume Masiá filled up the last position in the top 10 (despite registering the best time of the day in FP1).

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