The opening Moto3 race may prove to be a critical moment in this year’s Moto3 World Championship fight as Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) stormed to second place as his title rivals Aron Canet (KTM) and Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) had days to forget.

The race started in thrilling fashion, with a leading group of 22 riders fighting for positions at every corner. However, a crash on lap eight split the lead group, when Darryn Binder took out victory contenders John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Canet. There was further drama when Arbolino suffered an issue that dropped him outside the points, before he fought back to tenth.

It was left to Dalla Porta to lead from the front with Albert Arenas and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) making it a three-way fight for the victory on the last lap. Despite Dalla Porta’s out-braking move into the final corner, he ran wide, allowing Arenas to cut back and win by 0.231 seconds. Dalla Porta’s disappointment at losing out on a second victory of the season was tempered by the knowledge that he had extended his championship lead from two points to 22.

Lopez was delighted to collect a first Grand Prix podium with third, 0.322 seconds behind the race winner, after narrowly missing the top three on two previous occasions. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) was in the midst of the victory fight throughout but was the victim of an aggressive overtake on the penultimate lap which caused him to lose the leaders’ tow. Fourth place was still his best result in three races.

Starting from the front of the second row, Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) felt his way into this 22-lap race before showing his best speed in the closing laps to finish seventh. Toba began to make progress from 14th place to join the leading group with seven laps to go.

It was a brilliant effort from the 19-year old from Fukuoka, who is still feeling the after-effects of a painful shoulder injury sustained at the San Marino Grand Prix. Despite not feeling 100 percent fit, Toba avoided late drama to come home seventh, just 1.2 seconds behind the race winner.

Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) arrived in Thailand with high hopes thanks to a debut Grand Prix podium at the previous race at Aragon. However, the talented 18-year-old from Tokyo crashed in qualifying, leaving him 20th on the grid.

In the race he made excellent progress to ride with the leading group in the closing stages, taking fifth place at the final corner of the penultimate lap. But at the first turn of the final lap Ogura was taken out by Andrea Migno. A sad end to a fighting ride.

After a gruelling weekend in tropical heat, the MotoGP paddock has ten days to catch its breath before the action resumes at Motegi, where practice begins on October 18. The Japanese Grand Prix is the first of three races held on consecutive weekends, with Australia and Malaysia following.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

It was a fantastic race. I tried to push on every lap but it was so hard to escape. Here with the slipstream I was losing time on the straight before turn three. I tried to create a little gap but I couldn’t do it. I pushed very hard. When Albert overtook me, I knew I could try and pass him at the final turn because I was so strong in the braking points. But I made a small mistake and he won. I would have liked to win for my grandmother. I lost her this weekend. It’s been a very tough few days. Thanks to everyone and my grandmother is in my thoughts.

Leopard Racing
Alonso Lopez

Alonso Lopez 21

I was always in the top five, just like at Aragon. We needed to consolidate a good weekend with a good race, and finally we achieved that; it was something that we needed and I hope we continue this progression until the end of the season. The race was very difficult. Off the start I gained several places, then I dropped back a little, which is when I saw that crash involving multiple riders. From there, the race was somewhat easier, and I claimed our first podium. My team provided me with a bike that worked perfectly and I'm very grateful for their work to help me achieve this result. I dedicate this podium to my family and to all those who have supported me. It was an incredible race!

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Marcos Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez 42

This is my best result in a few races but I’m not happy because I should have been on the podium, if another rider hadn’t attacked me so aggressively with one lap to go. Anyway, the important thing is that we have the pace to run at the front, so we will work again at Motegi and try to be on the podium there.

Leopard Racing
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

A tough race for me, because I have an injury that didn’t permit me to be at my 100 percent. But I made a good race. I hadn’t the option to overtake my rivals, and then I decided to stay and wait because I had the real risk to crash. I’m happy about the result.

Honda Team Asia
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

Again, I’ve lost an option to fight for the podium, and again caused for the same rider. I started from the back of the grid, and during the first laps I struggled to overtake the riders. Shame for the crash because I was constant and fast. I’m happy about this. Now it’s time to think about the next race in Japan.

Honda Team Asia
PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

Moto3 2019, Round 15

Sunny / 32
Sunday 6 Oct 2019, 07:24 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 32°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 25 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 38'09.383
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +0.231
3 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 16 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.322
4 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 13 Leopard Racing Honda +0.459
5 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 11 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.666
6 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 10 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.166
7 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 9 Honda Team Asia Honda +1.228
8 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +6.971
9 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 7 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +9.095
10 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 6 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +9.145
11 Filip Salac 12 CZE 5 PruestlGP KTM +9.629
12 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 4 PruestlGP KTM +9.559
13 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 3 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +11.174
14 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 2 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +14.024
15 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 1 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +21.043
16 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA 0 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +23.306
17 Kevin Zannoni 3 ITA 0 RGR TM Official Team TM +23.777
18 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +23.866
19 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +55.804
20 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +1'05.873
Cloudy / 29
Saturday 5 Oct 2019, 10:10 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 29°C
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Ground Temp: 44°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1'42.599
2 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.118
3 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.152
4 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.298
5 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.368
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.409
7 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.574
8 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.586
9 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.627
10 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.705
11 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.744
12 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.781
13 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.799
14 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.847
15 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.890
16 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.935
17 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.243
18 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.652
19 Julian Jose Garcia 10 SPA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.264
20 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.309
21 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.455
22 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +0.498
23 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.563
24 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.567
25 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.595
26 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.789
27 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.912
28 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.124
29 Kevin Zannoni 3 ITA RGR TM Official Team TM +1.284
Cloudy / 32
Friday 4 Oct 2019, 08:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 32°C
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Ground Temp: 51°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 1'42.789
2 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.252
3 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.278
4 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.318
5 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.421
6 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.427
7 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.431
8 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.669
9 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.692
10 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.768
11 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.788
12 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.794
13 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.802
14 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.813
15 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.851
16 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.887
17 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.893
18 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.912
19 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.925
20 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.953
21 Julian Jose Garcia 10 SPA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.063
22 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.110
23 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.156
24 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.274
25 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.291
26 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.459
27 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.483
28 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.742
29 Kevin Zannoni 3 ITA RGR TM Official Team TM +1.762
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 204 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 136 Leopard Racing Honda
5 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 126 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 118 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 100 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
8 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 96 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
9 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 92 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
10 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 86 Honda Team Asia Honda
11 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 85 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
12 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 76 PruestlGP KTM
13 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 68 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
15 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 67 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
16 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 61 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
17 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 60 Honda Team Asia Honda
18 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 58 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
19 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 52 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 50 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 44 CIP – Green Power KTM
22 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 20 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 18 PruestlGP KTM
24 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 17 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
25 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
26 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 13 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
27 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
28 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
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