Arbolino Edges Ahead in FP2 at Silverstone

by Louis Suddaby
Tony Arbolino - Silverstone

Tony Arbolino led an all-Italian top three in second practice ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marinelli Snipers rider narrowly edged out championship leader Marco Bezzecchi and SIC58’s Niccolo Antonelli in a session which saw the first drops of rain briefly interrupt proceedings.

Under grey skies, the lightweight class riders flooded out on track for the start of FP2 with Arbolino immediately on the pace, lapping within a quarter of a second of Philipp Oettl’s morning benchmark. Bezzecchi soon sprung to life after a quiet morning session, shaving 12 thousandths of a second off his compatriot’s time to go fastest, moments before the rain arrived.

Fortunately, the drizzle passed quickly and track action soon resumed, leading to a frantic dash in the remaining ten minutes. The first rider to light up the timing screens was Jaume Masia, with the Bester Capital Dubai youngster closing to within a tenth of the overall best, a time that Oettl himself was unable to get remotely close to.

With many riders circulating together in pursuit of a slipstream, Antonelli made an extraordinary leap forward with the fastest lap of the day so far, a 2:05.029. Further improvements were still to come though with Bezzecchi and Arbolino circulating together, a tactic that clearly paid off with the pair just 0.008s apart in the low 2:04s, Tony having the advantage.

Gabriel Rodrigo was fourth quickest ahead of Aron Canet who shrugged off an early confrontation with Enea Bastianini to finish fifth. Oettl did finally top his FP1 stunner to go sixth ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio, Jakub Kornfeil and Tatsuki Suzuki while a seemingly off-form Jorge Martin could only manage tenth, a full second off the pace.

Both British wildcards had unfortunate offs during the afternoon with Jake Archer sliding off at Becketts, moments before Motostar champion Tom Booth-Amos lost the front end of his Honda as he tipped into Vale.


2018 Moto3 GoPro British Grand Prix (FP2)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
114. Tony ArbolinoHondaMarinelli Snipers Team2:14.257
212. Marco BezzecchiKTMRedox PruestelGP2:14.265
323. Niccolo AntonelliHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:14.462
419. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider2:14.732
544. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:14.954
665. Philipp OettlKTMSudmetal Schedl GP Racing2:15.043
721. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto32:15.046
884. Jakub KornfeilKTMRedox PruestelGP2:15.075
924. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:15.201
1088. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto32:15.320
115. Jaume MasiaKTMBester Capital Dubai2:15.442
1271. Ayumu SasakiHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing2:15.541
1348. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaLeopard Racing2:15.845
147. Adam NorrodinHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing2:15.895
1575. Albert ArenasKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto32:16.081
168. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:16.165
1733. Enea BastianiniHondaLeopard Racing2:16.193
1872. Alonso LopezHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:16.312
1922. Kazuki MasakiKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider2:16.351
2041. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia2:16.415
2116. Andrea MignoKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto32:16.609
2277. Vicente PerezKTMReale Avintia Academy 772:16.682
2342. Marcos RamirezKTMBester Capital Dubai2:16.716
2427. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia2:17.183
2510. Dennis FoggiaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:17.202
2620. Jake ArcherKTMCity Lifting RS Racing2:17.270
2717. John McPheeKTMCIP - Green Power2:17.428
2840. Darryn BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:17.701
2981. Stefano NepaKTMCIP - Green Power2:18.099
3069. Tom Booth-AmosHondaLeopard Racing2:19.051

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