Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) roared to his second-ever Moto3 pole position in the trickiest of conditions early this afternoon. The 18-year-old Italian’s success gave Honda its 15th pole position from this year’s 19-round Moto3 series.

The 40-minute session got underway on a wet track, which kept drying until there was a narrow dry line through some corners. The pace therefore got faster and faster, with Arbolino risking slick tires and taking pole in the final seconds of the session. This was his first pole since April’s Argentine GP, when qualifying took place in similar conditions.

Thai rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) led the session at half-distance, dropped down the order as the pace increased, then bounced back at the very end to claim his first ever front-row start. He ended the outing 0.244 seconds behind Arbolino and just a fraction away from becoming the first Thai rider to start a MotoGP race from pole. Tomorrow will be the 22-year-old’s final race before he pursues a change of career.

The treacherous conditions prevented recently crowned World Champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) from challenging for his 12th pole of the season. The 22-year-old Spaniard was the fifth fastest Honda rider, qualifying 13th, behind fifth-placed Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) and 11th-placed Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), who had been fastest in wet free practice.

Martin will therefore start his last race before graduating to Moto2 from the fifth row of the grid, alongside 14th-quickest Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and 15th-quickest Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW).

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) was 18th today, the 21-year-old never quite able to make the most of the ever-changing track conditions.

Tony Arbolino

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Today was good. I had a good feeling and I am happy with this pole position. I went out on my first run and decided ‘let’s go and do it!’. With slick tires, on the dry parts of the track I was very fast, but on the wet parts it was very tricky. I risked a lot but in the end, we did it. We need to improve a couple of things in the warm-up but we are ready for the race!

Marinelli Snipers Team
Nakarin Atiratphuvap

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In qualifying I didn’t worry about other riders and just concentrated on my riding. At the end of the session I found dry lines, so decided to go back to the box to change to slicks. I saved myself the first few laps to learn the track conditions with slicks. In my final hot lap, I let other riders behind me go and tried to create a clear track in front of me, then traced the dry line. I am confident to fight for the podium tomorrow.

Honda Team Asia
Aron Canet

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I’ve been suffering crashes the whole weekend. In FP3 the grip was quite precarious, I didn’t have enough confidence and I had another big scare at Turn 12, which worsened the situation. I didn’t go out too confident in qualifying, but in the end it dried up a lot and I was able to ride more strongly. I was fighting for pole, but I finally placed fifth. Even so, I think that in Sunday’s race I can be up at the front. I will try to ride with confidence, since it seems that it will rain again.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto3 2018, Round 19

Rain / 16
Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 13:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 89%
  • Ground Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 1'46.773
2 Nakarin Atiratphuvap 41 THA Honda Team Asia Honda +1'47.017
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1'47.116
4 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'47.336
5 Aron Canet 44 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'47.431
6 Marco Bezzecchi 12 ITA PruestlGP KTM +1'47.776
7 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'47.783
8 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1'47.796
9 Albert Arenas 16 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'47.826
10 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'47.880
11 Alonso Lopez 72 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'47.896
12 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1'48.069
13 Jorge Martin 88 SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +1'48.124
14 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'48.216
15 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +1'48.357
16 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'48.435
17 Dennis Foggia 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'48.543
18 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1'48.614
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'48.772
20 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'48.894
21 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1'49.027
22 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'49.469
23 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'49.696
24 Celestino Vietti 31 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'49.802
25 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'49.980
26 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1'50.011
27 Philipp Oettl 65 GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM +1'50.145
28 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'51.870
29 Stefano Nepa 81 ITA CIP – Green Power KTM +1'52.119
30 Izam Ikmal 26 MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'53.093
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Nov 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 240 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
2 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 214 PruestlGP KTM
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 205 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
4 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 166 Leopard Racing Honda
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 151 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Aron CANET 44 SPA 128 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
7 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 116 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
8 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 115 PruestlGP KTM
9 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 107 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
10 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 95 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 82 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
12 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 71 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 66 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 62 CIP – Green Power KTM
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 62 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
16 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 58 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
17 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 57 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
18 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 57 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
19 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 55 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
20 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 46 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 45 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
22 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 37 Honda Team Asia Honda
23 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 36 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
24 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 18 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
25 Celestino VIETTI 31 ITA 18 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
26 Vicente PEREZ 77 SPA 16 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
27 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 13 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
28 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 9 CIP – Green Power KTM
29 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 9 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
30 Livio LOI 11 BEL 8 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
31 Chantra SOMKIAT THA 7 AP Honda Racing Thailand Honda
32 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
33 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 4 Honda Team Asia Honda
34 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda