Moto3: John McPhee leads the charge in Moto3

Published on September 12, 2020
By Short Shift News

John McPhee has ended the third and final free practice session fastest ahead of Celestino Vietti and championship leader Albert Arenas.

McPhee set his fastest time of a 1:42.415 on his tenth of 16 laps, a time that saw the Scottish rider remain on top by the time the checkered flag dropped. McPhee was just +0.002s quicker than Celestino Vietti, who ahead of qualifying crashed twice aboard his Sky VR46 machine while Albert Arenas was a further 20 thousandths behind the Italian.

Raul Fernandez was in fourth ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Andrea Migno, all of which under a tenth of a second from the PETRONAS Sprinta rider, highlighting just how competitive Moto3 is.

Sergio Garcia was seventh ahead of Ai Ogura and Friday pacesetter Tatsuki Suzuki and Dennis Foggia.

Stefano Nepa finished the session 11th with Jeremey Alcoba leading second Leopard Racing Honda rider Jaume Masia. Filip Salac completed the top 14 and is the final rider to go directly into Q2.

Some big names miss out on a direct Q2 advantage, Ayumu Sasaki, previous Misano podium finisher Niccolo Antonelli and previous Misano race winner Romano Fenati. Darryn Binder and championship contender Tony Arbolino are also outside of the top fourteen and will make the first qualifying session an exciting battle with four Q2 places up for grabs.

Qualifying begins at 12:35 local time for the Moto3 category.

Featured image: PETRONAS SRT


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