During the dry FP1 round, Jakub Kornfeil gave his best registering the best time of the day ahead of Canet and Bastianini. But is Marco Bezzecchi the undiscussed leader of FP2, a wet round that gave Di Giannantonio the 2nd place.
The FP of the Moto3 World Championship took place in two completely different situations today, but the two PrüstelGP riders alternatively took the head of the ranking. In the beginning, the riders could race on a dry track and Jakub Kornfeil managed to register the best time of the day ahead of Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini. But the second round started on a wet track that favored Marco Bezzecchi, the quickest rider ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio, and Aron Canet.
Two wild cards stood out at Motegi: Shizuka Okazaki is back, two seasons after his first appearance in this GP category, again with the Kohara Racing Team; but this was also Yuto Fukushima’s first time (a 2000-class from Tokyo), racing with a Honda NSF250RW for the Team Plus One. He competes in the All Japan Road Race Championship with the same team, in the J-GP3 category (the same as Okazaki). We also witnessed Celestino Vietti Ramus’ debut, racing with the Sky Racing Team VR46 instead of his injured colleague Bulega.
With an excellent 1:57.740, Jakub Kornfeil took the lead of the ranking during FP1, followed by Aron Canet (who even fell, luckily with no consequences) and Enea Bastianini. They could race on a dry track, but the situation changed drastically for FP2, as the rain started falling before the beginning of the second round, leaving the track completely wet. Marco Bezzecchi took advantage of the different conditions and registered a top-position time of 2:05.403, followed by Fabio Di Giannantonio, Aron Canet and Tatsuki Suzuki. Rodrigo and Sasaki decided to remain in the pit lane, while the current World Championship leader Jorge Martín didn’t manage to get more than the 16th in both cases.
The FP1 ranking
The FP2 ranking