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Quartararo leads Moto3™ FP3 from rivals Binder and Loi with Loi’s FP2 time still the fastest of the weekend.
As a result of the night race at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, a revised schedule is necessary. As such riders in the Moto3™ World Championship had just a single session on Friday. Riders flooded out of the pits as the session began, all hunting to best Livio Loi’s (RW Racing GP) 2’05.832 from FP2.
It was Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) who set the pace in Free Practice 3, the only rider to dip below the 2’06 barrier with a 2’05.859. The French rider was one of only two riders inside the top ten to improve their time in FP3, but still unable to dislodge Loi from the top spot.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was 0.221s back on Quartararo as the pair made it a KTM one-two in the session. Livio Loi continued to show well as he set the third fastest time, the Belgian rider leading the way on the combined time sheets.
As riders head into Qualifying on Saturday it is the Belgian who leads the way overall with Quartararo just behind, the pair the only two to set laps in the 2’05s. Quartararo was 0.027s behind Loi as Binder completed the combined top three.
Rookies Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) and Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) continued to impress on their full time World Championship debut as they head into Qualifying with the fourth and fifth fastest times across the opening three sessions.
Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46), Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra Team Moto3), Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing), Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) and Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) completed the combined top ten.
Turn 10 saw an early crash for both Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) and John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint). Antonelli suffered a heavy fall at Turn 7 with Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) falling soon after at Turn 9. Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) fell at Turn 6 and ended his session early.
Moto3™ will next be on track at 18:00 Local Time on Saturday the 19th of March for Qualifying.
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