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.

Marcos Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez 42

I'm very happy after getting the first position of my life. I'd never been in this situation and it's an amazing feeling. I really like this track, it's my favourite and I honestly feel really good on the bike. I knew I was fast and wanted to push and that's what I've done. It's an amazing result and I can't wait for the race. Many thanks to the team, they've worked so good.

Leopard Racing
John Mcphee

John Mcphee 17

It wasn’t an easy day with the track conditions, but it was the same for everyone. I felt really good with the bike and I wanted to do my time alone, but the high winds meant that a slipstream was even more important than ever and I needed to be in a group. I did my fastest lap on the last lap despite getting held up and losing maybe three-tenths of a second, which was unfortunate, but starting from the lead of the second row will allow us to fight at the front when the lights go out. The wind will mean that no one will be able to break away in the race, so it’ll be more important than ever to be strong in the pack - and right now I am, so it’ll be an exciting day for us!

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

Very tricky conditions today. The weather was changing continually from the sun to rain, and also it was very windy. To ride in these conditions is very difficult, but in qualifying, we did a good job. To start from the second row is very positive for tomorrow because it looks that the weather will be more or less like today, and we are ready to push hard.

Honda Team Asia
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

This race weekend is very complicated, but the only thing I can do is to continue working on getting something for next year. I feel good with the bike, and it is only a riding problem. It’s a difficult time, but I will not stop working.

Honda Team Asia
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island, Australia

Moto3 2019, Round 17

Cloudy / 13
Saturday 26 Oct 2019, 04:40 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 13°C
  • Humidity: 71%
  • Ground Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda 1'38.976
2 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.184
3 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.268
4 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.334
5 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.517
6 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.707
7 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.739
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.842
9 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.085
10 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.174
11 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.213
12 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.420
13 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.441
14 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.680
15 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.868
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2.465
17 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +3.452
18 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +8.342
19 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.406
20 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +2.128
21 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.673
22 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +3.211
23 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +3.564
24 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +3.605
25 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +3.606
26 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +3.653
27 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +4.219
28 Rogan Chandler 15 NZL Double Six Motor Sport KTM +10.232
29 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.116
30 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.121
31 Yanni Shaw 9 AUS Double Six Motor Sport KTM +5.774
Sunny / 17
Friday 25 Oct 2019, 04:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Ground Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 1'36.809
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.281
3 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.451
4 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.549
5 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.634
6 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.740
7 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.808
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.815
9 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.880
10 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.994
11 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.041
12 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.073
13 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.077
14 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.100
15 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.116
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.131
17 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.228
18 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.309
19 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.328
20 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.455
21 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.750
22 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.783
23 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.839
24 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.856
25 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.913
26 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.121
27 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +2.199
28 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +2.949
29 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +3.144
30 Yanni Shaw 9 AUS Double Six Motor Sport KTM +5.774
Rider Standings
Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 229 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 182 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 161 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 144 Leopard Racing Honda
5 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 136 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 122 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 116 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
8 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 105 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
9 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 98 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
10 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 92 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
11 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 88 Honda Team Asia Honda
12 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 88 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
13 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 76 PruestlGP KTM
14 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 68 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
15 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
16 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 67 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
17 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 60 Honda Team Asia Honda
18 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 58 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
19 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 58 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 53 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 44 CIP – Green Power KTM
22 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 31 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 22 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 18 PruestlGP KTM
25 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
26 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 13 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
27 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
28 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
29 Riccardo ROSSI 54 ITA 5 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
30 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
31 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM
32 Jeremy ALCOBA 52 SPA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
33 Elia BARTOLINI 20 RSM 1 Sky Junior Team VR46 KTM