Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) won his third consecutive Moto3 victory today, exactly one week after securing the 2019 Moto3 World Championship at Phillip Island.

The last rider to win as many successive races in the Moto3/125cc category was Marc Marquez in 2010.

Today’s Malaysian Moto3 race was a typical Moto3 encounter, with a big pack of riders battling throughout for victory.

During the final laps 22-year-old Italian Dalla Porta began to assert his dominance, while half a dozen riders disputed the final podium positions just a few tenths of a second behind.

Finally Dalla Porta took the chequered flag 0.410 seconds in front, chased over the line by 16-year-old rookie Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), who achieved his first podium with a thrilling final few laps to better fellow Spaniard Jaume Masia by three tenths of a second. Masia’s ride was spectacular – a technical problem had forced him to start the race from the back row of the grid!

Garcia’s fellow rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) also rode a superb Malaysian GP, the 18-year-old from Saitama working his way through from 14th on the grid to steadily hunt down the lead pack. He so nearly repeated his Aragon GP podium, challenging for third place at the final corner and taking the flag in fourth, only 0.082 seconds behind Masia.

Ogura’s team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was out of luck. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was chasing a top-ten result when he was involved in a three-rider crash.

This was not first multiple incident. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) led the race before halfway when he crashed, his fallen machine taking front-row starter Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) with him. No rider in these two accidents suffered serious injuries.

Pole starter Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) also led the race, ending the 17 laps in sixth, in the midst of the group fighting for second, just ahead of fellow front-row starter John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) who ran wide in the crucial final laps.

Today’s racing went ahead under a cloud. During yesterday’s Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup race Afridza Munandar lost his life following a lap-one incident. Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and those at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where he was transferred by helicopter, Munandar succumbed to his injuries.

The 20-year-old Indonesian rider had been one of the standout riders of the 2019 IATC series, taking two race wins and four further podium results. The Honda Motor Co., Ltd would like to extend its deepest condolences to Munandar’s family, friends and loved ones.

Today’s opening Moto3 race was preceded by a minute’s silence in honour of Munandar, attended by much of the paddock. Most of today’s podium finishers dedicated their results to this great young talent.

Today’s Malaysian Grand Prix followed the Japanese and Australian events, on three consecutive weekends. The MotoGP paddock now returns to Europe for the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix in Spain on November 17.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

Before the race I said to people that my only target today was to enjoy the race and win the race, so I enjoyed the race and won the race! It wasn’t easy – the conditions were tough and there wasn’t much grip in the heat, so it was important to think hard and ride well. This is another great result for the whole team, who have worked so hard this weekend in such hot and humid conditions. My thanks as always to all of them and my thanks to my family.

Leopard Racing
Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia 11

It was a very hard race, very hot and with a lot of overtaking. I knew I could be up at the front, although I didn't imagine I would be fighting for the podium. I kept overtaking other riders, but I didn't see it as a clear possibility until the last lap. We went into the final corner on the limit. I thought I was going to crash, but in the end we held on. It was an incredible race and I'm very happy. I want to thank my family and my team. I also want to dedicate this podium to Afridza Munandar, the Asia Talent Cup rider who died in yesterday's race.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

In Motegi and Australia I didn’t do a good race, but today I’m happy with the result. Starting from 14th position, I struggled to overtake the other riders, but after some accidents I found some free space to ride comfortably. I’ve managed my laps time and tyres also, so in the end I tried to fight for the podium, but it was not enough and I finished fourth. We have found something for next year, and I’m looking forward to Valencia.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

Again, an unlucky race for me. I felt strong, and I was controlling the race, riding inside the group, but in front of me, two riders crashed, and I wasn’t able to dodge them. Now, it is time to recharge my mind and start to think about Valencia.

Honda Team Asia
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Moto3 2019, Round 18

Sunny / 32
Sunday 3 Nov 2019, 07:48 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 32°C
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Ground Temp: 47°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 25 Leopard Racing Honda 38'01.355
2 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 20 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.410
3 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 16 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.803
4 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 13 Honda Team Asia Honda +0.885
5 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 11 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.902
6 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 10 Leopard Racing Honda +1.095
7 John Mcphee 17 GBR 9 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.342
8 Aron Canet 44 SPA 8 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +2.253
9 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 7 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +3.035
10 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 6 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +7.726
11 Romano Fenati 55 ITA 5 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +8.008
12 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 4 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +10.521
13 Filip Salac 12 CZE 3 PruestlGP KTM +15.542
14 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 2 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +15.873
15 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 1 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +15.950
16 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +16.064
17 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 0 PruestlGP KTM +16.497
18 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +16.567
19 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +24.161
20 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +29.330
21 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +1'22.202
Cloudy / 31
Saturday 2 Nov 2019, 05:50 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 71%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda 2'11.758
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.127
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.232
4 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.414
5 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.556
6 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.574
7 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.585
8 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.611
9 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.627
10 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.638
11 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.762
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.991
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.032
14 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.039
15 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.384
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.402
17 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +
18 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.138
19 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.367
20 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.543
21 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.805
22 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.837
23 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.917
24 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.022
25 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.381
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.388
27 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.830
28 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.943
29 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.517
Sunny / 33
Friday 1 Nov 2019, 06:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 33°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 55°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 2'12.466
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.235
3 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.258
4 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.311
5 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.345
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.353
7 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.386
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.386
9 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.444
10 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.493
11 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.557
12 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.558
13 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.803
14 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.831
15 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.869
16 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.050
17 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.156
18 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.176
19 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.195
20 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.254
21 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.267
22 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.283
23 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.315
24 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.484
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.552
26 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.597
27 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.878
28 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +2.296
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.443
Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Nov 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 279 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 190 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 175 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 174 Leopard Racing Honda
5 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 156 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 128 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 127 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
8 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 121 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
9 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 111 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
10 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 108 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
11 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 103 Honda Team Asia Honda
12 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 97 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 77 PruestlGP KTM
14 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 76 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
15 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 71 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
16 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
17 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 62 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
18 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 60 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
19 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 60 Honda Team Asia Honda
20 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 58 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
21 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 54 CIP – Green Power KTM
22 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 51 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 22 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 21 PruestlGP KTM
25 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 19 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
26 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
27 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 10 CIP – Green Power KTM
28 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
29 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
30 Riccardo ROSSI 54 ITA 6 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
31 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
32 Jeremy ALCOBA 52 SPA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
33 Elia BARTOLINI 20 RSM 1 Sky Junior Team VR46 KTM