Moto3 was the first category to qualify today, when a narrow dry line following earlier rain allowed lap times just one second slower than yesterday’s FP2 session, the last fully dry outing.

Honda’s NSF250RW worked superbly in the tricky conditions, which required rider-friendly engine performance and perfectly accurate chassis behaviour. Thus Honda riders filled the top eight positions, with a clean sweep of the first two rows and then two men on the third row.

John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) took pole position for the first time this year, going fastest at the very end of Q2, just 25 minutes after he had been fastest in the Q1 session. The 24-year-old Briton ended the outing 0.190 seconds in front of Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW) who will start from the front row for the first time since last month’s Argentine GP.

Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) completes the Le Mans Moto3 front row, just 0.048 seconds behind Arbolino, for his first front row. The 18-year-old rookie from Saitama also had an excellent start to the weekend, ending yesterday’s first two sessions fastest, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), who scored a famous team one-two at the Spanish GP two Sundays ago. Ogura scored his first-ever Grand Prix top ten at Jerez and will be hoping to be even closer to the front at Le Mans, where he finished third in last year’s FIM CEV Moto3™ Junior World Championship race.

The second row comprises Suzuki, Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) and Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), the three of them separated by just over two tenths of a second. Antonelli leads row three, a fraction ahead of Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who had a rousing ride from 24th sixth place at Jerez. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was less than seven tenths of a second off pole position, so the 2014 Asia Talent Cup Champion will be gunning for his first podium finish since he won the season-opening Qatar GP.

Honda’s next rider is ten-times Moto3 race winner Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW) in 13th. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who started the last race from pole, lost his chance to repeat that performance when he fell on his final lap. The 21-year-old Italian will start tomorrow’s race from 13th on the grid.

Tomorrow’s races are the fifth round of this year’s 19-event MotoGP series, which concludes at Valencia, Spain, in November. Next stop is Mugello, for the Italian Grand Prix on June 2.

John Mcphee

John Mcphee 17

I knew it would be beneficial going through Q1 today, because in Q1 I was able to get up to speed and I knew what the track conditions would be like in Q2. In fact Q1 was more tricky, because the track was more patchy, so my best lap in Q1 was tougher than my pole lap in Q2. The bike is working well and I feel good, so I’m really looking forward to the race.

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

I am happy for this P2. The pole would be even better but the first row is important here as, in the race, we can avoid some overtakes and preserve our tyres. We worked well with the team and everything is ready in view of the race. We'll see how the weather will be tomorrow and, in the wet, I am feeling good with the bike, the grip and the feeling at the front.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

I’m happy but still nervous for my first front row in the World Championships. From Friday I have had a good feeling with the bike. During the practice I was improving and getting better in every condition, that means we are ready for the race. I never had good feeling with this track, but after the test in Jerez we’ve changed some setting that permits me to ride very well, this is the real reason I’m going fast in this track.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

Eighth position is not bad, compared to the last two races where we have struggled in qualifying. It’s positive because I feel strong and confident like in Qatar, trying to push every lap. We will see tomorrow how the weather is, rain or dry. I don’t care because I’m fast in both conditions. Of course, I prefer a dry race, but we are ready for a big fight.

Honda Team Asia
Grand Prix de France

Le Mans, France

Moto3 2019, Round 5

Cloudy / 13
Saturday 18 May 2019, 14:21 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 13°C
  • Humidity: 81%
  • Ground Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 1'42.277
2 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.190
3 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.238
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.290
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.466
6 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.615
7 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.674
8 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.684
9 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.692
10 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.711
11 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.742
12 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.830
13 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.936
14 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +1.027
15 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1.242
16 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.312
17 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.479
18 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.524
19 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.522
20 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.595
21 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.649
22 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.716
23 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.782
24 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.843
25 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +0.919
26 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.122
27 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.541
28 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.802
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.098
Sunny / 20
Friday 17 May 2019, 15:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 1'42.147
2 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.116
3 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.313
4 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.318
5 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.335
6 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.346
7 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.361
8 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.407
9 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.473
10 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.539
11 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.541
12 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.544
13 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.650
14 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.688
15 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.772
16 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.787
17 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.793
18 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.858
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.913
20 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.937
21 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.987
22 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.025
23 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.065
24 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1.160
25 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.242
26 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.312
27 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.410
28 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.892
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.227
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 58 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 57 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
3 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 45 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
4 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 41 Honda Team Asia Honda
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 40 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 36 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
7 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 29 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
8 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 26 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
9 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 26 CIP – Green Power KTM
10 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 24 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
11 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 24 Leopard Racing Honda
12 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 23 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 21 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 19 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
15 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 17 Honda Team Asia Honda
16 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 15 PruestlGP KTM
17 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 14 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
18 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 14 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
19 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 12 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
20 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 9 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 7 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM