Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) took his second Moto3 pole position of the year at Assen today, topping a qualifying session dominated by Honda NSF250RW riders.

The front row for tomorrow’s Moto3 race is all-Honda and the first man on the second row is also on an NSF250RW.

Twenty-three-year-old Antonelli grabbed pole on his final lap of the 15-minute Q2 outing, bettering 19-year-old Japanese rider Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) by 0.144 seconds. Toba and team-mate Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) are wearing a special livery this weekend, marking Honda’s big anniversary. The, red, silver and gold paint echoes the colours Honda used in the 1960s, when the company was successful in every Grand Prix class.

The last man on the front row is Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), who won his first Grand Prix at the start of the month in Italy. The 18-year-old Italian was just 0.013 seconds behind Toba.

Antonelli’s team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) was fourth quickest, a mere 0.071 seconds short of the front row. Tomorrow the 21-year-old from Chiba will aim for his first podium result since he finished second at Jerez, behind Antonelli.

Ogura also had an excellent qualifying session, good enough to put him on the second row of the grid, which should allow him to get away with the lead pack tomorrow. And he was less than four tenths of a second off pole.

Despite his DNF at Barcelona-Catalunya two weeks ago, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) still holds second place in the Moto3 points chase. The 22-year-old Italian didn’t have the best of times in free practice here, so he had to come through Q1 to make it into Q2, ending the session eighth fastest for a third-row start.

Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was was 11th fastest, but with tenth-fastest Gabriel Rodrigo (Kommerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) serving a back-of-the-grid penalty, the Japanese will start from tenth position, leading the fourth row. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) will start from the other side of row four. The 21-year-old will have to work hard if he wants to repeat his victory at the last race; although he did achieve that success from tenth on the grid!

At the end of Assen race day the paddock will pack up in a hurry to travel to the Sachsenring for next weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Niccolò Antonelli

Niccolò Antonelli 23

So many riders are so fast here, so I pushed very hard in qualifying and I’m very happy to get pole position. The most important thing in Moto3 is consistency in race results, especially this year because there are so many strong riders and that’s why it’s so easy to make a mistake when you are in the pack. Tomorrow the important thing will be to make sure I am in the top six or seven at the start of the last lap and then we will do what we can to make the podium.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

I was very close to my first pole position but second on the grid is okay. I think we’re very competitive, so we are ready to fight tomorrow in the race. We need to keep working like this. We will try to get a victory again or to be in the podium. For sure in the race there will be a big group, but I will try to reduce the group by pushing from the beginning.

Honda Team Asia
Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

I expected something more. I am happy for the first row but I am not completely satisfied as I had only one lap to go for my target, but I made some mistakes in the last corners which didn't allow me to catch the pole. Concerning tomorrow, there are many riders with a good pace. We'll see what kind of race it will be. The most important thing is to stay in the lead group and fight for the podium in the last laps.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

I’m happy about the grid position for tomorrow. We are consistent and we have a good pace, which I think is the key point for the race, which means I’m confident for tomorrow. The lap time of the top 20 riders are quite close, so I think the race will be a group of 20 riders, or maybe three groups of seven, but it will very tight from one rider to another.

Honda Team Asia
Motul TT Assen

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

Moto3 2019, Round 8

Cloudy / 29
Saturday 29 Jun 2019, 13:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 32%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 1'41.232
2 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.144
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.157
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.228
5 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.307
6 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.338
7 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.510
8 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.673
9 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.687
10 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.740
11 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.772
12 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.800
13 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.812
14 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.916
15 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.150
16 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.196
17 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.361
18 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +3.486
19 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.429
20 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.469
21 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.637
22 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.803
23 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.813
24 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.883
25 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.884
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.970
27 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +2.011
28 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.028
29 Ryan van de Lagemaat 18 NDL Qnium Racing KTM +3.444
30 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +3.959
Sunny / 22
Friday 28 Jun 2019, 14:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM 1'41.782
2 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.098
3 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.111
4 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.114
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.197
6 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.255
7 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.276
8 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.304
9 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.352
10 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.534
11 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.592
12 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.603
13 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.603
14 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.649
15 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.672
16 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.747
17 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.760
18 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.804
19 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.805
20 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +0.810
21 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.921
22 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.979
23 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.003
24 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.117
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.260
26 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.517
27 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.580
28 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.450
29 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +2.465
30 Ryan van de Lagemaat 18 NDL Qnium Racing KTM +3.660
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 103 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 80 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 75 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 68 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
5 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 65 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
6 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 51 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
7 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
8 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 49 Leopard Racing Honda
9 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 47 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
10 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 40 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 37 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
12 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 36 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 33 CIP – Green Power KTM
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 31 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 30 PruestlGP KTM
16 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
18 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 27 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
19 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 27 Honda Team Asia Honda
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 22 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 16 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 11 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
23 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
24 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 4 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
25 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
26 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
27 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM
28 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM