Honda’s Moto3 World Championship leader Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) comes to Germany hoping to retain the points advantage he regained at Assen two weeks ago. The 20-year-old Spaniard won two of the first three races of the year to lead the title chase, but got taken out by rivals at the next two races at Jerez and Le Mans, which demoted him to fourth overall. Victories at last month’s Italian Grand Prix and at Assen have put him back where he deserves to be.

Martin will have to fight hard for more success in the closest-fought category of them all. He stands two points ahead of Marco Bezzecchi, who crashed out at Assen, and 14 ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), the 19-year-old Italian who is still hunting for his first Grand Prix victory. Within ten points of Di Giannantonio are fellow NSF250RW riders Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), who make it four Honda riders in the top five. Bastianini won in Catalunya last month, helping Honda lead the Moto3 Constructors World Championship, with five wins from eight races.

Honda’s next three riders in the Moto3 points chase are Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) who are currently placed ninth, 11th and 12th. Twenty-year-old Suzuki, from Chiba, has scored two top-six results so far this year and is enjoying his best season in Moto3.

MotoGP reconvenes after its short summer break for the Czech Grand Prix on August 5 and the Austrian GP on August 12.

Jorge Martin

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“This is my favorite track and I have always been quick here since my first year in the series. We are very motivated after Holland: it was more than a win for me, because I never felt as good on the bike, so we really want to continue this way. The goal is to win and to get into the summer break as leaders; there’s also something we need to forget and that is last year’s crash, which means we have everything we need to do well.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Fabio di Giannantonio

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“It’s a particular track with a lot of mixed sections and a quite steep uphill section followed by a downhill one, where it’s important to have a good speed. This is where we’ll probably struggle the most, but last week I’ve worked hard in order to get a bit lighter to this event and struggle as little as possible. I like the track anyway; the last two weekends didn’t go too well, so it’s time to get back near the front.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Enea Bastianini

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“The last two races show that we are on the right road and capable of fighting at the front every weekend, so long as we keep our focus and keep working in the right way. The Sachsenring is a very unusual circuit and always creates very close racing in Moto3. I like the layout but it is extremely difficult to make the difference around this track, which means we will have to take special care trying to find the best bike balance and then be prepared for a big battle on Sunday.”

Leopard Racing
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Sachsenring, Germany

Moto3 2018, Round 9

Rider Standings
Sunday, 1 Jul 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 105 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
2 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 103 PruestlGP KTM
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 91 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
4 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 84 Leopard Racing Honda
5 Aron CANET 44 SPA 81 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
6 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 65 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
7 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 56 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
8 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 52 PruestlGP KTM
9 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 45 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
10 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 44 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 43 Leopard Racing Honda
12 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 38 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 36 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
14 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 34 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
15 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 31 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
16 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 26 Honda Team Asia Honda
18 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 24 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
19 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 23 CIP – Green Power KTM
20 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 20 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
21 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 19 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
22 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 17 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
23 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 13 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
24 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 9 CIP – Green Power KTM
25 Livio LOI 11 BEL 8 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
26 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 6 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
27 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
28 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 5 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
29 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
30 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 2 Honda Team Asia Honda
31 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda