Honda’s chief Moto3 World Championship challenger Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) preserved his title challenge with a storming ride to second from a distant 17th in a typically fearsome Moto3 race, just a fraction behind points leader Aron Canet.

Pole starter Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) was in contention for the win throughout, finally crossing the line third, two tenths behind Canet and some five hundredths behind Dalla Porta.

Second qualifier John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) inadvertently activated his pit-lane speed-limiter at the start, which had his crawling off the line. Riders behind swerved either side, but Grand Prix first-timer Yuki Kunii (Asia Talent Team Honda NSV250RW) couldn’t see McPhee until it was too late. He crashed into the slow-moving bike and rider, suffering fractures to his right hand. McPhee made it round to the pits to retire, with a painful but not serious leg injury.

Third qualifier Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) had already stalled on the formation grid and had to start the race from pit lane, because he had been unable to restart the engine within the time limit. A brilliant and forceful ride had the Italian youngster cut through the 30-strong pack to contest the lead, finally finishing less than half-a-second from first place in fifth. Antonelli had already survived a heavy crash in morning warm-up.

The race saw the usual huge lead group, still 16-strong at half distance, exchanging places at almost every corner. At that point, the difference between first and 16th was less than two seconds.

By the end, the usual attrition had cut the group to ten, with 18-year-old Tokyo-born rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) finishing an excellent sixth, from ninth on the grid. This was the impressive teenager’s third sixth-place finish from the past four races; and he was seventh at the other race.

Today’s ten-point haul moves Ogura past team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) in the points chase to tenth overall. Qatar GP winner Toba had started from the fourth row of the grid and the 19-year-old from Fukuoka was well placed in the top ten, but suffered another crash.

Early leader Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) finished a close eighth, with Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) taking 11th , heading the next group.

While Canet regained the championship lead by three points from Dalla Porta, Honda are still strongly represented, holding from second to fourth overall, with five riders in the top seven.

After one day of MotoGP class testing at the circuit tomorrow, the GP circus crosses the border to Austria, where the second back-to-back race of the European season takes place at the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg next Sunday, August 11.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

To be back on the podium is the best thing this weekend. In wet conditions we did a bad result, but in the dry this morning and in the race it was good. The first lap was crazy. but then I can do my rhythm and get positions. I try to keep my rhythm but my tyre was finished. In the last two laps I did an error in the last corners and I couldn’t overtake Aron, but the world championship is long, and we are now always first or second. We have to continue in this way. We did good work here, and the bike was good all race.

Leopard Racing
Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

It was an amazing and difficult race, with lots of overtakes from the beginning to the end. It was not easy to manage the deterioration of the tyre as, after only six laps, the rear slipped and the front closed a little bit. This penalised me in the last two laps, where I had difficulties in keeping the contact with the first two riders. I am happy anyway with my weekend and the goal, from now to the end of the season, is to be constant and continue working without losing the motivation.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Niccolò Antonelli

Niccolò Antonelli 23

What a crazy weekend! I qualified well, but had a big crash in the morning. Then on the start line my bike stopped, and I had to go to pit lane. I rode like a devil to catch the front group, and I even dreamed I might win, but my tyres were finished and it was really hard to stay with the leaders, so I must be pleased with fifth.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

This time, I started well, and I was riding in fifth or sixth position, but Suzuki crashed in front of me, and I’ve lost many positions. After that, it was a tough race, but I managed well the last laps to finish in P6. I don’t know the final position, but without the crash of Suzuki for sure the race would have been much easier.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

It’s a real pity. Nothing to say, I crashed again. I tried to keep calm during the race, been in the top group and managing the situation. But five laps to go I made a tiny mistake, and I crashed. Now I must get a good result in Austria.

Honda Team Asia
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Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

Moto3 2019, Round 10

Cloudy / 21
Sunday 4 Aug 2019, 10:11 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 43%
  • Ground Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Aron Canet 44 SPA 25 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 39'11.879
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +0.159
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 16 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.217
4 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 13 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.404
5 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 11 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.499
6 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 10 Honda Team Asia Honda +0.530
7 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 9 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.715
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA 8 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.737
9 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 7 PruestlGP KTM +1.063
10 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 6 CIP – Green Power KTM +1.757
11 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 5 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +3.863
12 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 4 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +5.470
13 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +5.495
14 Can Oncu 61 TUR 2 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +5.540
15 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 1 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +8.259
16 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 0 Leopard Racing Honda +9.056
17 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +23.010
18 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +25.241
19 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'11.129
Rain / 17
Saturday 3 Aug 2019, 13:20 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 91%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 2'18.020
2 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.400
3 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.802
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.833
5 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.855
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.933
7 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.297
8 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.329
9 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.699
10 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.055
11 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +2.112
12 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +2.340
13 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2.353
14 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.706
15 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +2.858
16 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +3.287
17 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +3.859
18 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +4.011
19 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.748
20 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.357
21 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.455
22 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +2.295
23 Yuki Kunii 33 JPN Asia Talent Team Honda +2.313
24 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +2.673
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +3.053
26 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +3.054
27 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +3.158
28 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +3.607
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +4.202
30 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +4.422
Cloudy / 25
Friday 2 Aug 2019, 13:35 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 2'08.125
2 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.200
3 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.308
4 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.394
5 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.490
6 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.574
7 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.604
8 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.746
9 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.749
10 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.757
11 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.771
12 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.807
13 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.839
14 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.888
15 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.951
16 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.975
17 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.026
18 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.027
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.068
20 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.101
21 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.285
22 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.321
23 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.403
24 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.619
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.662
26 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.683
27 Yuki Kunii 33 JPN Asia Talent Team Honda +1.778
28 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.793
29 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.165
30 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +2.189
31 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +2.456
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 148 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 145 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 98 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 93 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
5 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 78 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 78 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
7 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 68 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
8 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 68 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
9 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 59 PruestlGP KTM
10 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 56 Honda Team Asia Honda
11 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
12 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 50 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
13 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 49 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 45 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
15 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 44 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
16 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 42 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
17 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 39 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
18 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 39 CIP – Green Power KTM
19 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 34 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
20 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 33 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
21 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
23 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 9 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
24 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
25 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 7 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
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