Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) rode to his third Moto3 pole position of the year at the end of a typically thrilling session, which was more like a race than qualifier, with several bunches of fast riders fighting each other for the fastest lap.

The 19-year-old Italian ended the 15-minute Q2 outing just 0.079 seconds ahead of fellow NSF250RW rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who currently leads the Moto3 World Championship for Honda.

Both Arbolino and Dalla Porta are on strong runs of form. The teenager has scored a victory, a second place and a third place from the last four races, while 22-year-old Dalla Porta has taken a victory and two runner-up finishes from his last four outings.

Honda riders once again dominated the upper orders of the grid, with no less than nine NSF250RW machines in the top 11. The situation is similar in the World Championship, with five NSF250RWs in the top six of the points chase.

Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) leads row two ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), who slid off at the very end of the session.

The last four Honda riders in the top 11 are Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW).

Rookie Ogura has also had a great run of results, considering his lack of Grand Prix experience, with three top six-place finishes from the last six races. Once again, Silverstone is another new circuit for the impressive 18-year-old from Tokyo.

Ogura’s team-mate, Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), had high expectations for Q2, after completing the Q1 session fastest, two places ahead of Sasaki. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka made a minor error in strategy in Q2 and didn’t ride his best lap until the very end of the session, when there was a lot of traffic around.

Tomorrow’s race schedule is different to the usual format. The Moto3 race will get underway at 11:20 UK time, followed by the MotoGP race at 13:00 and the Moto2 at 14:30.

Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

It’s always good to be on pole, but we have seen in Moto3 that it doesn’t mean too much, because often the riders who qualify around 20th fastest can be with the lead group after a few laps. Of course, starting from the front is better, plus my Honda feels so good here. It was great from FP1 and we have hardly changed the settings since then. In the race I am ready to fight for the podium and for the victory.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

It’s been a very positive day. It’s a shame that I suffered a crash this morning because I lost some confidence, but then on my first attempt during Q2 I managed to set a super-good lap. It wasn't perfect, but I've found some slipstreams and we did a good job. Starting from the front row tomorrow is going to be important in order to stay calm in the first laps. I’m happy, the bike is amazing and that’s fundamental. We have to take a decision with tyre choice but the main thing is we have a good bike and I’m sure we will do a good race.

Leopard Racing
Ayumu Sasaki

Ayumu Sasaki 71

We made a mistake in FP3 and I set my fastest lap after the chequered flag went out. I was disappointed not to be in Q2, but the good feeling was always there. In Q1, I made a good lap and in Q2 I was able to set a good time before everyone started cruising around. In the end, fourth is a good place to be because it means we’ll start in front of the group and hopefully be able to have a strong race. I just need to focus on the race, make a good start, and see what happens. It’ll be a big group race because that’s what happens at Silverstone, but I’ve got a good feeling about it.

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

Today I am happy, this morning in FP3 I went directly to Q2 which was my target and I was happy with my lap time. I finished qualifying in eight place, on the third row of the grid. I am happy with this position because the race will be long and it looks like the front group could be quite big. If there is a breakaway group in the race, I hope to be in a position to go with it. Tomorrow morning, we will just check which is the best compound tyre to use for the race and I will be ready for the fight.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

Q1 was good, we had a good strategy and I felt good on the bike. The lap time I set in Q1 I was happy with, which gave me confidence going into Q2. We went into Q2 with the same strategy as Q1 but there was a misunderstanding and I didn’t set a time at the start of the session. This was a mistake and it meant everything was on the last lap, there was too much traffic and it was impossible. I am in 18th position for the race tomorrow, It will be a big group in the race and I am confident that I can be there at the front.

Honda Team Asia
GoPro British Grand Prix

Silverstone, United Kingdom

Moto3 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 27
Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 14:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 36%
  • Ground Temp: 39°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 2'11.631
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.079
3 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.481
4 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.697
5 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.732
6 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.757
7 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.865
8 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.911
9 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.935
10 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.977
11 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.990
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +1.034
13 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.301
14 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.475
15 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.521
16 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.771
17 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +2.298
18 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +3.912
19 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.701
20 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.703
21 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.776
22 Jeremy Alcoba 52 SPA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.814
23 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.071
24 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.166
25 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.311
26 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.315
27 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.098
28 Maximilian Kofler 73 AUT Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.102
29 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.152
30 Brandon Paasch 96 USA FPW Racing KTM +2.275
31 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.499
Sunny / 24
Friday 23 Aug 2019, 14:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 39°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 2'12.008
2 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.216
3 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.244
4 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.279
5 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.407
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.644
7 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.674
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.681
9 Jeremy Alcoba 52 SPA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.695
10 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.732
11 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.746
12 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.762
13 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.876
14 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.993
15 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.132
16 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.139
17 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.218
18 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.283
19 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.311
20 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.427
21 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.530
22 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.535
23 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.571
24 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.643
25 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.693
26 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.831
27 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2.019
28 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +2.392
29 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.812
30 Maximilian Kofler 73 AUT Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +3.171
31 Brandon Paasch 96 USA FPW Racing KTM +4.049
Rider Standings
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 155 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 154 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 113 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 105 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
5 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 89 Leopard Racing Honda
6 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 84 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
7 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 81 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
8 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 78 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
9 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 67 PruestlGP KTM
10 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 67 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
11 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 60 Honda Team Asia Honda
12 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
13 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 50 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
14 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 49 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
15 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 46 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
16 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 45 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 40 CIP – Green Power KTM
18 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 39 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
19 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 37 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
20 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 35 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
21 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 33 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
22 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 16 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
23 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 9 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
25 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
26 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 6 PruestlGP KTM
27 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
28 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
29 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM