Moto3 Phillip Island, FP 1&2: Aron Canet leads the combined ranking

The two FP rounds took part in very different weather and track conditions. Jorge Martín took the lead during FP1, before Aron Canet overtook him to become the quickest rider of this Friday.


Not the best beginning for Moto3, as their FP were strongly influenced by track issues and delays: eventually, Jorge Martín closed FP1 1st, ahead of Marcos Ramírez and Aron Canet, while the latter managed to register the best absolute time of the day during FP2 thanks to the improvement in the overall conditions, followed by the aforementioned fellow countrymen.

The young riders in the lightweight category of MotoGP really had a difficult beginning. The track was wet due to the previous rainstorm, and they also had to take a long break because of Stefano Nepa’s engine, that broke down spreading oil from the pit lane all the way to turn 7. This made a red flag necessary in order to clean the track. The round could re-start only two hours after (not to mention local animals who decided to take a walk on track). The current World Championship leader Jorge Martín closed the ranking 1st, ahead of his fellow countrymen Marcos Ramírez and Aron Canet. Marco Bezzecchi’s weekend didn’t start too well, as he fell twice during this session.

The first news related to FP2 is that Stefano Nepa will remain in his pit lane for this round as he was disqualified for “irresponsible riding”: basically, he didn’t stop immediately after his engine broke and caused a two hours delay in today schedule. We also had a crash right at the chequered flag, as Di Giannantonio was literally thrown out of his bike and hit Atiratphuvapat’s rear side (luckily, he managed to keep riding), ending up on the gravel. Despite the terrible crash, it seems the rider is relatively fine, even though he looked in pain. The Moto3 day ended with Aron Canet leading FP2 and the overall ranking, ahead of Jorge Martín, Marcos Ramírez and Marco Bezzecchi (who was also hit by a seagull).

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