Honda riders finished first and second in a breathtaking Moto3 race which featured a race-long multi-rider battle with positions changing at every corner.

The result was in doubt until the moment the leaders crossed the finish line, when pole-starter Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Honda NSF250RW) drafted past Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) to score his first Grand Prix victory by the slender margin of 0.029 seconds. The result continued Moto3’s remarkable run of 11 races with 11 different winners.

At the flag the top eight riders were separated by less than sixth tenths of a second. Honda riders did most of the leading during the 20 laps, with Dalla Porta looking the strongest. The 21-year-old led out of the final corner, but Arbolino found his slipstream to slingshot just metres from the finish. The 18-year-old was overjoyed with his home-race victory, which was only the second podium result of his Grand Prix career.

Dalla Porta was philosophical in defeat and happy that his second place moved him to within three points of series leader Aron Canet, who finished seventh today.

The race was a typical Mugello battle, with riders overtaking each other through the track’s fast, sweeping corners and also on the straight, MotoGP’s fastest.

Although Arbolino and Dalla Porta were the podium stars, Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) rode at least as well, fighting back from 18th on the grid to briefly lead in the final laps and take fourth at the finish, just 0.078 seconds off the podium. His ride made it three NSF250R machines in the Mugello top four and puts him third in the championship.

Le Mans winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) also fought in the lead group and looked capable of climbing the podium once again. The 24-year-old Briton finished sixth, just 0.403 seconds behind Arbolino.

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) rode an excellent race, leading on several occasions, but in the final dash to the finish line the 21-year-old from Chiba was eighth, 0.595 seconds behind the winner.

Grand Prix first-timer Gerry Salim (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a brilliant World Championship debut, completing the race in 16th place, only 0.076 seconds outside the points! The 22-year-old Indonesian took the place of injured Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW). He also rode the 12th fastest lap of the race.

Team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was very much out of luck and unable to continue his excellent run of results. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was in the lead group, chasing Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) when Sasaki crashed and Toba was unable to miss his fallen machine. Both riders were unhurt.

Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

It was an incredible weekend; I felt it would be good! In this race it was important to use strategy. I kept my focus and I understood that being second in the last corner would be the winning choice. Thanks to everybody for the support, the crowd was amazing, and my team was excellent. For an Italian rider, winning here is something special.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

Me and the team did a great job all weekend, so a big thanks to them. My issue in the race was that I had finished my rear tyre by the end. Anyway, I am very happy because my NSF250RW is fantastic, which means we can fight for the World Championship; that’s the most important thing. I am sure our first victory of this season will arrive very soon!

Leopard Racing
Niccolò Antonelli

Niccolò Antonelli 23

That was a realty tough race, especially because I had to start quite far back on the grid. I worked very hard to pass a lot of riders, but of course this cost me in the later stages of the race with tyre life and energy. Anyway, considering where we started I got some good points and now we go to the next race to continue our fight for the podium and the championship.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Gerry Salim

Gerry Salim 31

Fantastic result. Yesterday I was checking the data with my mechanics and we’ve seen that it was possible to continue improving. At the start of the race I was worried because the Moto3 riders of the World Championship are very strong, they push to the limit from the start. I just kept my focus because I didn’t want to crash. I overtook some riders to finish in P16 with the 12th best lap time. I really enjoyed the opportunity that the Honda Team Asia offered me.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

What a disaster! For the second time this season I’ve not scored points, and this is very bad for my championship position. At the beginning of the race it was difficult to overtake because I couldn’t use my good lines and they overtook me easily; I didn’t understand why. In the middle of the race I arrived with the lead group, but I crashed. Nothing more to say. AT Catalunya I will try to win, I’ve done a good test there and that is a circuit where I feel very confident riding.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley

Autodromo del Mugello, Italy

Moto3 2019, Round 6

Cloudy / 26
Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 11:31 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 35%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 25 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 39'29.874
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +0.029
3 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 16 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.078
4 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 13 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.156
5 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 11 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.267
6 John Mcphee 17 GBR 10 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.403
7 Aron Canet 44 SPA 9 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.559
8 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 8 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.595
9 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 7 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.566
10 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 6 CIP – Green Power KTM +1.597
11 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 5 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.519
12 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 4 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.554
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.578
14 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 2 PruestlGP KTM +22.830
15 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 1 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +26.669
16 Gerry Salim 31 IDN 0 Honda Team Asia Honda +26.745
17 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +26.777
18 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +26.779
19 Vicente Perez 77 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Academy KTM +26.873
20 Filip Salac 12 CZE 0 PruestlGP KTM +29.782
21 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +51.331
Sunny / 24
Saturday 1 Jun 2019, 13:43 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 34%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 1'56.407
2 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.673
3 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.869
4 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.031
5 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.046
6 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.048
7 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.118
8 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.126
9 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.144
10 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +1.168
11 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.219
12 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.326
13 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.504
14 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.600
15 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.621
16 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.624
17 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.692
18 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.715
19 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.443
20 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.490
21 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.679
22 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.704
23 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.922
24 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.924
25 Kevin Zannoni 3 ITA RGR TM Official Team TM +0.972
26 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.133
27 Gerry Salim 31 IDN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.196
28 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1.390
29 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.105
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.916
31 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +7.363
Sunny / 22
Friday 31 May 2019, 13:47 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 33%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 1'57.467
2 Kevin Zannoni 3 ITA RGR TM Official Team TM +0.039
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.047
4 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.073
5 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.181
6 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.224
7 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.242
8 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.284
9 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.327
10 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.403
11 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.413
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.610
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.616
14 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.660
15 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.771
16 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.801
17 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.975
18 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.981
19 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.030
20 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.057
21 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.174
22 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.368
23 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.386
24 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.393
25 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.461
26 Gerry Salim 31 IDN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.548
27 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.672
28 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.711
29 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.807
30 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +2.361
31 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.770
Rider Standings
Sunday, 2 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 83 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 80 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 70 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 65 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
5 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 52 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
6 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 51 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
7 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
8 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 44 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
9 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 40 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
10 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 37 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
11 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 32 CIP – Green Power KTM
12 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 31 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
15 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 25 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
16 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 24 PruestlGP KTM
17 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 24 Leopard Racing Honda
18 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 17 Honda Team Asia Honda
19 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 14 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 14 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 11 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
22 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 7 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
23 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 4 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
25 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM