Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) took a thrilling and vital Moto3 victory, resisting immense pressure from a frantic lead group to extend his World Championship lead to 47 points with three races remaining.

The 22-year-old was faultless, taking the lead from Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) at half distance but never gaining more than a meter advantage over the pursuing pack. Therefore he could not afford even the slightest mistake. He did lose the lead for one corner with three laps to go when Suzuki sneaked ahead, but Dalla Porta was soon back in charge.

The final lap was particularly frantic, with positions changing frequently behind him, but Dalla Porta braked as late as he dared and never gave anyone the chance to get past. He now leads the championship by a big margin, after his biggest title rival Aron Canet crashed out of the lead group at three-quarters distance.

This was Dalla Porta’s third victory of the year, after his first place in Germany, and the second win of his career, the first achieved at last year’s San Marino GP.

Today’s success also extended Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship to 69 points. Honda is currently chasing its third successive constructors prize in Moto3, which would bring its total in the Moto3/125cc class to 19, an all-time record for the category.

Dalla Porta’s advantage at the checkered flag over runner-up Albert Arenas was just 0.094 seconds, with Celestino Vietti taking third. The podium was covered by 0.198 seconds.

Suzuki was the unluckiest rider of the day. The 2019 San Marino GP winner led the first half his home race and challenged Dalla Porta for the lead until the very last lap, when he lost out to Arenas and Vietti to miss the podium by 0.091 seconds. Right behind the 22-year-old from Chiba came 16-year-old Spanish rookie Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was Honda’s next finisher in sixth place, after losing contact with the lead pack in the final stages. The Briton finished comfortably ahead of eighth- and ninth-placed Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

Talented Grand Prix rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) fought his way into the World Championship points, taking 14th place, just over one second outside the top ten. This was another great display from the 18-year-old from Tokyo who was contesting his first Japanese Grand Prix.

Team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) crossed the finish line in 17th place, less than two tenths of a second outside the points! The 19-year-old from Fukuoka, who won the season-opening Qatar GP, but struggled during braking today.

The MotoGP paddock rushes to Australia next, for next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, which is followed immediately by the following weekend’s Malaysian GP. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

I am over the moon with my performance, because I rode a fantastic race, especially after the problems we had in morning warm-up. My team did a great job and my bike was so good in the race. The first laps were very aggressive, but once I was able to overtake Canet and Suzuki I was able to run my own rhythm and push as hard as I could. Now we go to Australia, which is another track I really like, I would like to dedicate this victory to my late grandmother, who passed away recently – I promised to her I would win!

Leopard Racing
Tatsuki Suzuki

Tatsuki Suzuki 24

The race was a great battle and it was really good to lead for so many laps in front of the Japanese fans, who gave me amazing support and motivation. But in the final laps we could not quite do it and then I didn't have the grip to keep my podium position. This was a shame at my home race but we will try again!

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia 11

In Thailand, we worked intensively on our setup, and we continued that work here. In FP1 I did very well and in FP2 I worked on my pace. When we rode in the wet on Saturday I felt very comfortable. I got a fifth place on the grid and in the race, I went out there to see what I could do. I pushed hard and managed to escape with the first group. I was always among the top riders and it was very positive because I had not achieved that all season. I think we are improving and, little by little, we will be higher up the order.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

This is my first Japanese Grand Prix, and I had the aim of a good result here. But all weekend I've had many problems. Yesterday in FP3 under the rain I rode quite good, but today the race has been difficult from the beginning. I struggled a lot in turning, from the middle of the corner to the exit. Sometimes that can happen. The only way now is to continue working and improving.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

A tough race today. I was unable to fight with the rest of the riders. I don't know why; I think something happened on the braking. Today it was impossible to get a good result. But I don't give up, in Australia I will try to change this dynamic.

Honda Team Asia
Motul Grand Prix of Japan

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan

Moto3 2019, Round 16

Sunny / 24
Sunday 20 Oct 2019, 06:51 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 58%
  • Ground Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 25 Leopard Racing Honda 39'34.866
2 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 20 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.094
3 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 16 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.198
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 13 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.289
5 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 11 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.437
6 John Mcphee 17 GBR 10 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +3.648
7 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 9 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +7.225
8 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 8 Leopard Racing Honda +7.382
9 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +8.172
10 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 6 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +12.054
11 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 5 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +12.296
12 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 4 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +13.295
13 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +13.308
14 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 2 Honda Team Asia Honda +13.333
15 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN 1 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +13.362
16 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +13.380
17 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 0 Honda Team Asia Honda +13.487
18 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +13.940
19 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +14.648
20 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +22.886
21 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +22.907
22 Filip Salac 12 CZE 0 PruestlGP KTM +23.416
23 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +32.728
24 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +4 laps
Rain / 19
Saturday 19 Oct 2019, 13:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 100%
  • Ground Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 2'09.293
2 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.086
3 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.333
4 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.401
5 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.407
6 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.811
7 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.863
8 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.866
9 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.057
10 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.084
11 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.104
12 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.190
13 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.438
14 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.445
15 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.527
16 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.688
17 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +2.102
18 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.485
19 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.700
20 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.576
21 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.661
22 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.670
23 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.867
24 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +2.100
25 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.114
26 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.219
27 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +2.713
28 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +3.198
29 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +3.483
30 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.521
Cloudy / 18
Friday 18 Oct 2019, 08:18 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 18°C
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Ground Temp: 24°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 1'56.742
2 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.097
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.135
4 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.295
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.295
6 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.339
7 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.340
8 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.351
9 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.372
10 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.449
11 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.452
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.453
13 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.485
14 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.525
15 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.582
16 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.657
17 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.690
18 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.715
19 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.742
20 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.767
21 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.801
22 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.819
23 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.854
24 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.879
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.007
26 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.080
27 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.376
28 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.386
29 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.423
30 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.521
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