Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) took the first victory of his Grand Prix career in the last race of the 2019 Moto3 season. The 16-year-old Spaniard grabbed the lead at the last corner to take the chequered flag 0.005 seconds in front of Andrea Migno and give Honda its 14th victory from 19 races.

Third man on the podium was another 16-year-old Spaniard, Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team Honda NSF250RW), who was contesting his very first Grand Prix after recently securing third place in the Moto3 Junior World Championship.

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) took fourth to make it three NSF250RW machines in the top four, but the 22-year-old from Chiba was bitterly disappointed to miss the podium by just 0.066 seconds. It was Suzuki’s third fourth place from the last four races.

The race was delayed by an oil spill and then stopped and restarted after a multiple pile-up that had five riders crash together at Turn Ten. Conditions were tricky due to cold track temperatures, but the final 16-lap sprint had half a dozen riders disputing victory until the final laps.

Artigas took the lead at two-third distance and looked capable of taking a dream win on his World Championship debut, but he lost the lead when he had a slide at Turn One of the penultimate lap. He fought back in fine style from fifth to secure an amazing podium result. Early leader Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) slipped to seventh at the finish.

Garcia is the 11th different winner of the 2019 Moto3 season which ends with Honda taking its third consecutive Riders World Championship and its fifth in the last six seasons, as well as its third consecutive Moto3 Constructors World Championship and its fourth in the last five seasons. And five of the top six riders in the final points standings rode the NSF250RW, which provides them with a winning combination of excellent horsepower and a friendly, neutral chassis.

Remarkable rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) made a phenomenal comeback from the back row of the grid to finish the race in tenth, which secured a well-deserved tenth place overall for the 18-year-old from Tokyo. Ogura came through from 18th on lap one of the restart to his top-ten result.

Team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) also had an impressive ride in his last outing for the team. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka raced through from 22nd on the first lap to move up to 13th at the finish.

World Champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) wanted to finish his time in Moto3 – he moves to Moto2 in 2020 – with a fourth win in a row, but it was not to be. The 22-year-old Italian crashed out in the restart. He eventually got going again to cross the finish line in last place.

Today’s racing completed MotoGP’s longest-ever season, with 19 races across all three classes. Preparation for the 20-race 2020 season commence on Tuesday with MotoGP testing here at Valencia and later in the week with Moto2 and Moto3 testing at Jerez. Next season starts in Qatar on March 8.

Sergio Garcia

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I can't describe how I feel after winning my first race. This year we have gained great experience in the World Championship and I have reached a great level of camaraderie with my crew. It was a strange day, and afterwards the first thing I wanted to know was if Foggia was OK after his crash. After the red flag, we had a shorter race. As on the first start, I tried to give everything from the get-go and see what we could achieve. The wind had picked up, but the bike worked very well for the whole race. I was comfortable from the start, fought until the last corner and I managed to win. Because of how we did in Malaysia, I knew I could be at the front, but I didn't expect to win. The last lap was us pushing to the fullest, trying to maintain the position to take first on the last corner.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Xavier Artigas

Xavier Artigas 4

What an amazing day – it’s a dream come true to finish my first Grand Prix on the podium! All weekend I’ve felt good on my bike here, which gave me some confidence for the race, which was very crazy! There were a lot of battles, so at one point I tried to open a gap, but it didn’t quite work out. All my thanks to my family, to Toni Elias [former Grand Prix winner], to all the mechanics in the team. This is an amazing result for the team!

Leopard Impala Junior Team
Tatsuki Suzuki

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Of course it is very disappointing to finish the last race of the season so close to the podium. I tried at my maximum to get into the top three places and sometimes I managed it but I didn’t quite have the pace to stay there. The conditions were quite difficult because the weather here was cold and windy, which gave everyone some worries because there wasn’t much grip out there.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Ai Ogura

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We started the weekend badly, struggling a lot with the set-up. About my race performance, I’m happy because I started from the back on the grid and I finished tenth. Also, I've finished tenth in the championship. I think that’s not so bad for a rookie, but to be strong for 2020 I need something more. We must find this during the winter tests, to be ready on the first race in Qatar.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

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The weather conditions didn’t help me this weekend, and after a bad qualifying session, I started the race towards the back. My aim was only to finish the race. To finish 13th is not the best, but I’m happy to finish my last race with this team. I’m disappointed with the results of the season because we started very well in Qatar. I would like to thank the team, Honda Motor and all the people who are supporting me.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 19

Sunny / 13
Sunday 17 Nov 2019, 12:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 13°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 25 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 25'17.918
2 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 20 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.005
3 Xavier Artigas 4 SPA 16 Leopard Impala Junior Team Honda +0.180
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 13 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.246
5 Filip Salac 12 CZE 11 PruestlGP KTM +0.328
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA 10 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +3.016
7 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 9 Leopard Racing Honda +3.032
8 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 8 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +9.666
9 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 7 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +9.747
10 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 6 Honda Team Asia Honda +9.859
11 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 5 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +9.975
12 Can Oncu 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +10.223
13 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 3 Honda Team Asia Honda +10.537
14 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +10.712
15 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM +12.661
16 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +14.116
17 Romano Fenati 55 ITA 0 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +17.669
18 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +31.008
19 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 0 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +43.939
20 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1 lap
21 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 0 Leopard Racing Honda +3 laps
Sunny / 16
Saturday 16 Nov 2019, 13:45 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 31%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 1'38.683
2 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.274
3 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.424
4 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.457
5 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.458
6 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.473
7 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.597
8 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.601
9 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.658
10 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.685
11 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.765
12 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.920
13 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.023
14 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.025
15 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.065
16 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.305
17 Xavier Artigas 4 SPA Leopard Impala Junior Team Honda +1.555
18 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.466
19 Jeremy Alcoba 52 SPA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.465
20 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.503
21 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.630
22 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.741
23 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.784
24 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.785
25 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.078
26 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.090
27 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.110
28 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.189
29 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.273
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.453
31 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.818
Sunny / 15
Friday 15 Nov 2019, 14:39 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 15°C
  • Humidity: 37%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 1'39.612
2 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.069
3 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.155
4 Xavier Artigas 4 SPA Leopard Impala Junior Team Honda +0.244
5 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.263
6 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.283
7 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.346
8 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.370
9 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.441
10 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.472
11 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.499
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.501
13 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.565
14 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.635
15 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.640
16 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.644
17 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.697
18 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.712
19 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.713
20 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.748
21 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.767
22 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.814
23 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.831
24 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.868
25 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.992
26 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.034
27 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.050
28 Jeremy Alcoba 52 SPA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.263
29 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.275
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.322
31 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +2.239
Rider Standings
Sunday, 17 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 200 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 183 Leopard Racing Honda
4 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 175 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
5 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 156 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
6 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 135 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
7 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 128 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
8 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 124 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
9 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 121 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
10 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 109 Honda Team Asia Honda
11 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 108 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
12 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 97 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 78 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 78 PruestlGP KTM
15 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 76 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
16 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 76 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
17 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 71 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
18 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
19 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 63 Honda Team Asia Honda
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 62 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 60 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
22 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 54 CIP – Green Power KTM
23 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 32 PruestlGP KTM
24 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 29 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
25 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 24 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
26 Xavier ARTIGAS 4 SPA 16 Leopard Impala Junior Team Honda
27 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
28 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 10 CIP – Green Power KTM
29 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
30 Can ONCU 61 TUR 8 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
31 Riccardo ROSSI 54 ITA 8 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
32 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
33 Jeremy ALCOBA 52 SPA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
34 Elia BARTOLINI 20 RSM 1 Sky Junior Team VR46 KTM