Italian teenager Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) won a frantic battle for Moto3 victory, passing Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) at the penultimate corner to take his second victory of the year, by just 0.045 seconds.

The Dutch round of the Moto3 series was like so many other races this year – a huge leading pack chopping and changing position at every corner. At half-distance the leading 15 riders were covered by just 1.8 seconds, then a number of incidents split the pack, with the two leading Hondas finishing 1.5 seconds ahead of third-placed Jakub Kornfeil.

The unluckiest victim of the numerous late-race incidents was Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who started from second on the grid and led most of the first half of the race, until he was pushed off the track by an over-enthusiastic rival. That relegated the hugely talented 19-year-old from Fukuoka to ninth place. A few laps later he was involved in a four-man pile-up that cruelly ended his race.

Toba’s ill-luck was particularly undeserved because he had the pace to win the race, wearing a special livery and leathers to commemorate Honda’s 60th anniversary of world-class racing.

At least Honda once again proved its strength in depth in this most competitive of categories, with its sixth victory from the first eight races of 2019 and seven of the first eight finishers riding the company’s superb NSF250RW machine.

Arbolino’s race – which he described as the best of his life – moved him into fourth place in the title chase, while Dalla Porto’s third runner-up finish in four races allowed him to substantially close the points gap on series leader Aron Canet, who finished 12th today. The 22-year-old Italian now stands only seven points behind Canet going into next weekend’s German GP.

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) recovered from 16th on the grid to finish fourth, less than six tenths of a second off the podium. The 22-year-old Spaniard was chased over the finish line by French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Toba’s team-mate Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who finished the race only 2.2 seconds behind the winner. The 18-year-old from Tokyo’s result equalled his best finish, at Barcelona-Catalunya two Sundays ago, and underlines his improving form in his rookie Grand Prix season

Immediately behind Ogura were Catalan GP winner Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and tenth-placed Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) who led the first lap and ran with the leaders in the early stages. Eight of the top ten finishers were NSF250RW riders.

Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was well on the course to a points-scoring finish until he lost control of his motorcycle. The 18-year-old from Yokosuka saved the situation brilliantly, but finished out of the points in 17th.

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) was a victim of the same multi-bike crash that eliminated Toba.

The paddock now heads into the heart of Europe for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring next weekend. After the ninth race of the year the paddock gets a three-week break before August’s Czech GP at Brno.

Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

I am very happy, another victory after a hard race. I always fought to stay ahead, without losing the contact with the firsts. In the final part, after a contact with another rider, I lost contact and I thought it was finished. I gave everything, by risking a lot, to catch Dalla Porta once again. In the last lap, I knew perfectly where to overtake him, as I tried that before, and I did it. I thank my team for the excellent job done.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

The most important thing is that we are getting consistently good results from race to race, but I hope in the near future I will win again. It was a difficult race because of the strong winds. I have to be happy with this result because we rode another fantastic race and took another podium. We have to keep going like this and I’m sure the win will come soon.

Leopard Racing
Gabriel Rodrigo

Gabriel Rodrigo 19

I was feeling very well at the start of the race and I managed to make my way to the front pretty quickly – up to eighth place. I relaxed for a second and I got passed not by two, but eight riders! Also, in order to avoid the green strip at the last chicane – and a possible penalty – I closed the throttle and found myself basically in 20th place. From then onwards a new race started, and it was all about giving it all to come back again. I avoided a crash in front of me; I wanted to catch Arbolino and Dalla Porta, but they had something more today. After two DNFs this is a positive result, a sort of “different” fourth place. Now we can look ahead at Sachsenring with greater confidence.

Gresini Racing Moto3
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

Overall I’m happy with the weekend. When I arrived here, my target was to finish in the top ten, because for me Assen is one of the most difficult circuits of the calendar. But after FP1, when I finished in P1, I changed my target and started to think of the possibility of a podium. At the beginning of the race I struggled a lot with the hard tyres, losing many positions, but in the end, I finished P6. It’s a good result, but I’m convinced that I lost the option to be on the podium.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

Very disappointed about the final result of the race. At the beginning, I was leading the top group, riding calm and trying to break the group, but it was not possible. Then I decided to be there controlling the rest of the riders, but suddenly [Darren] Binder caused a dangerous situation in the chicane and I went straight, losing many positions. I tried to recover, going every time better and better, but I make a small mistake in braking and I crash. Nothing to say, only to work hard in Germany, concentrate on my riding and try to do another step.

Honda Team Asia
Motul TT Assen

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

Moto3 2019, Round 8

Cloudy / 25
Sunday 30 Jun 2019, 11:27 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 66%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 25 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 38'03.113
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +0.045
3 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 16 PruestlGP KTM +1.562
4 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM 13 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.158
5 John Mcphee 17 GBR 11 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +2.201
6 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 10 Honda Team Asia Honda +2.264
7 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 9 Leopard Racing Honda +2.436
8 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 8 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +2.580
9 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 7 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +2.758
10 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 6 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.900
11 Romano Fenati 55 ITA 5 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +2.916
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA 4 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +3.081
13 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +3.267
14 Filip Salac 12 CZE 2 PruestlGP KTM +3.737
15 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 1 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +12.705
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +12.796
17 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 0 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +12.800
18 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +12.894
19 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 0 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +33.346
20 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +36.069
21 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +51.064
22 Ryan van de Lagemaat 18 NDL 0 Qnium Racing KTM +1'32.359
23 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +1'48.509
NC Darryn Binder 40 RSA 0 CIP – Green Power KTM DNF
NC Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM DNF
NC Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM DNF
NC Kaito Toba 27 JPN 0 Honda Team Asia Honda DNF
NC Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 0 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda DNF
NC Albert Arenas 75 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM DNF
NC Jaume Masia 5 SPA 0 Bester Capital Dubai KTM DNF
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, 30 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 107 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 100 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 83 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 76 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
5 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 68 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
6 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 65 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
7 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 58 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
8 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 58 Leopard Racing Honda
9 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
10 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 50 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
11 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 46 PruestlGP KTM
12 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 43 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 40 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 37 Honda Team Asia Honda
15 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 33 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
16 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 33 CIP – Green Power KTM
17 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 31 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
18 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
19 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 22 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 21 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 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 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 4 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
26 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
27 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 3 PruestlGP KTM
28 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM