Moto3 title hopefully Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) reignited his championship hopes by claiming a crucial second place in an epic last-lap shootout that included 15 riders! This was an heroic recovery from the 19-year-old Italian, who spent a night in hospital in Japan just seven days ago, following a bruising crash at Motegi. Just 0.099 seconds covered the first five riders and 2.1 seconds separated the first 15 – the fourth closest top 15 in 70 years of Grand Prix racing.

Moto3 World Championship leader Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) rode to a fifth-place finish after his main title rival Marco Bezzecchi was taken out by a rival in the early stages. Martin, who qualified on pole position, repeatedly attempted to escape from the lead group, but later admitted the gearing of his machine was not perfect for the blustery conditions, so he could not break clear. Nonetheless his championship advantage has grown from one point to 12 points. Di Giannantonio is also in the title fight, 20 points behind Martin.

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) equalled his best result in Grand Prix racing. The 21-year-old from Chiba finished a fantastic fourth, 0.081 seconds behind winner Albert Arenas and just ahead of Martin and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

Malaysian Adam Norrodin (Malaysian Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) scored his best result since the second race of the year with seventh, just ahead of Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW). Eighteen-year-old Yokosuka rider Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was tenth.

From here the Grand Prix paddock moves to Malaysia for next week’s penultimate round of the season at Sepang. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 18.

Fabio di Giannantonio

Fabio di Giannantonio 21

2nd

“It was a tough race and honestly speaking at the beginning I wasn’t thinking about the podium, given the crash in Japan and the tumble on Friday. I was feeling good physically speaking, but not 100 percent. After making my way through the field and finding myself towards the front, I had to give it a go. This is a great podium finish that forces us to give our very best in the next two races and see what happens. We will be charged up heading to Malaysia: we will exploit our potential there as it’s a track I love; fitness condition will be crucial and I think I’ll be ready for it.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Tatsuki Suzuki

Tatsuki Suzuki 24

4th

“I was well placed on the final lap but saw Jorge Martin and Celestino Vietti touch each other in front of me at Turn 10, so I had to close the throttle. That's why I lost ground on 'Diggia' and Albert Arenas just ahead in the final two turns. It's a pity I missed out on the podium, but anyway, starting the race from 24th on the grid and finishing 4th was not so bad. I failed to get a good grid position here and Motegi, which cost me a lot in the race, so I have to improve it in Sepang. I believe I can do it because now I have good momentum.”

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Jorge Martin

Jorge Martin 88

5th

“What a crazy race! Honestly I think we did what we could: I wasn’t feeling good on the bike and I think we did something wrong with gearing. In any case we were able to be among the leading protagonists and now we hope to fix some issues before Malaysia, especially under braking. Sepang is a track I really love and one where I’ve always been strong: we will have our first match point there but we’ll keep focusing on winning the race and then we’ll see.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Phillip Island, Australia

Moto3 2018, Round 17

Sunday 28 Oct 2018, 06:56 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Albert Arenas 16 SPA 25 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM 37'48.073
2 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA 20 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +0.052
3 Celestino Vietti 31 ITA 16 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.059
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 13 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.081
5 Jorge Martin 88 SPA 11 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +0.099
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA 10 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.154
7 Adam Norrodin 7 MAL 9 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.188
8 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA 8 Leopard Racing Honda +0.235
9 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 7 PruestlGP KTM +0.328
10 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 6 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.406
11 Alonso Lopez 72 SPA 5 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.575
12 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.889
13 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 3 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.987
14 John Mcphee 17 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM +0.989
15 Philipp Oettl 65 GER 1 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM +2.148
Saturday 27 Oct 2018, 14:43 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Martin 88 SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda 1'36.591
2 Darryn Binder 40 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'36.848
3 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'37.117
4 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1'37.357
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'37.465
6 Philipp Oettl 65 GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM +1'37.540
7 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1'37.579
8 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'37.711
9 Dennis Foggia 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'37.757
10 Aron Canet 44 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'37.844
11 Albert Arenas 16 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'37.892
12 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1'37.896
13 Adam Norrodin 7 MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'37.943
14 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'37.995
15 Marco Bezzecchi 12 ITA PruestlGP KTM +1'38.011
16 Alonso Lopez 72 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'38.017
17 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +1'38.021
18 John Mcphee 17 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1'38.034
19 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'38.414
20 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'38.590
21 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1'38.828
22 Celestino Vietti 31 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'38.853
Rider Standings
Sunday, 28 Oct 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 215 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
2 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 203 PruestlGP KTM
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 195 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
4 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 150 Leopard Racing Honda
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 131 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Aron CANET 44 SPA 128 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
7 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 116 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
8 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 115 PruestlGP KTM
9 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 94 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
10 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 90 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 82 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
12 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 66 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
13 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 64 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
14 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 62 CIP – Green Power KTM
15 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 58 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
16 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 56 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
17 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 55 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
18 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 49 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
19 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 48 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
20 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 46 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 45 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
22 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 36 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 33 Honda Team Asia Honda
24 Celestino VIETTI 31 ITA 18 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
25 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 18 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
26 Vicente PEREZ 77 SPA 13 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
27 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 13 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
28 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 9 CIP – Green Power KTM
29 Livio LOI 11 BEL 8 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
30 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 8 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
31 Chantra SOMKIAT THA 7 AP Honda Racing Thailand Honda
32 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
33 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 2 Honda Team Asia Honda
34 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda