Moto3 pole position went to Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) for the first time in his career, thanks to an inspired final run in Q2.
The sweet-handling chassis and powerful engine of Ramirez’s NSF250RW proved perfect for the fast, sweeping bends of Phillip Island, allowing him to better Aron Canet and Albert Arenas who were second and third fastest.
The second row is all Honda, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) fourth quickest, ahead of Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW).
Toba’s fifth place was achieved by riding with maximum commitment around this challenging and thrilling racetrack. The 19-year old, who won the season-opening Qatar GP, has had some difficult recent races, but his place on the second row is an excellent chance to secure his first top-six finish in a while.
The stakes could not be higher for Moto3 World Championship leader Dalla Porta, who leads Canet by 47 points, and knows that victory tomorrow will make him 2019 Moto3 World Champion.
Brilliant rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) has been hampered by the limited dry track time in his first visit to Phillip Island. Nevertheless the 18-year old from Tokyo expected more than 23rd place on the grid.
Immediately after tomorrow’s racing teams pack up their garages once again and head north for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.