Honda riders monopolised the top four positions in Moto3 qualifying, the NSF250RW providing the perfect balance of horsepower and handling around this wonderfully challenging racetrack.

The man who took pole position was Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), by just 0.021 seconds from the up-and-coming Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW). Mugello winner Tony Arbolino (VEN Snipers Honda NSF250RW) completed the front row in third place, with Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) fourth quickest to lead the second row. The fastest nine men were separated by 0.850 seconds.

Rodrigo started from the front row at COTA and Mugello, but this is the first time the 22-year-old Argentine star has been on pole this year. Former Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Ogura’s performance is especially impressive because he missed the last race through injuries sustained during last month’s French Grand Prix, where the 19-year-old rookie from Tokyo qualified on the front row for the first time.

Eighteen-year-old Italian Arbolino was delighted to make the front row for the fourth time this season, two weeks after taking pole and his maiden win at Mugello. Suzuki’s fourth place was also very welcome, especially since the 21-year-old from Chiba only missed the front row by 0.018 seconds. Suzuki has started from the front row once this year, when he qualified second at Jerez and finished second, behind team-mate Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW).

Antonelli had a torrid time in qualifying today, falling twice in the 15-minute session. The second time he fell he accidentally took down fellow Honda rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who as a result ended the session ninth. The 21-year-old Italian currently stands just three points behind series leader Aron Canet, who was fifth quickest today.

Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) qualified two places ahead of Dalla Porta in seventh, his best grid slot of the year so far. French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was tenth quickest.

Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) has had a challenging two days of practice and qualifying at Barcelona-Catalunya, ending today in 27th place. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka started this season with a stunning victory in Qatar but has yet to return to the podium, despite some thrilling fights through the pack.

Tomorrow’s racing marks the 70th birthday of MotoGP. Motorcycling’s World Championships began in 1949, the first races taking place at the Isle of Man TT, with the 350cc race on June 13 and the 250cc and 500cc races on June 17.

Gabriel Rodrigo

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We had a great lap straight away so we thought it was better not to help anyone else by giving them my slipstream. Maybe we waited a bit too long and lost one last lap, but things went in our favour so I’m very happy with his pole position. We’ve been working really well throughout all weekend – as we’ve been doing for a while now – and with a bit of luck we’re not ahead of everyone else on the grid. I believe it won’t be a very quick race and it will be hard to split the big group. It will be important to stay calm – that’s the part in which we struggle the most – and finally give ourselves a strong race result.

Gresini Racing Moto3
Ai Ogura

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I’m surprised about this because I didn’t expect to be in the top ten or make the front row. This is a great way to comeback from the injury. The lap time is really good, and also the rhythm is okay. Tomorrow it will be difficult because my hand is not in perfect condition, but I will try to do my best as always.

Honda Team Asia
Tony Arbolino

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Until qualifying practice it’s not been an easy weekend because I was not competitive. Yesterday evening I did a mental reset and kept that focus. The first row here was important because it allows me to stay in the front from the beginning.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Tatsuki Suzuki

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I am very happy with today, even if we missed the front row by such a small margin. The team has worked really well this weekend, like always, so I feel that I am going into the race with the best bike possible. The race will be long and tough, because it will be hot and there won’t be much grip from the asphalt.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Kaito Toba

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I’m very disappointed. I don’t know what happened. Till FP3 I had a very good feeling, I was very competitive, but I crashed again. After that the situation has become complicated. I don’t know why but in Q1 I tried to push from the beginning but in a wrong way. Maybe it was a lack of confidence. The only thing I can do is to be positive and be focused in tomorrow race, where I will need to push really hard to recover positions.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 7

Cloudy / 27
Saturday 15 Jun 2019, 14:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 54%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 1'48.450
2 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.021
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.314
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.332
5 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.346
6 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.359
7 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.622
8 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.629
9 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.850
10 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.004
11 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.111
12 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.138
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.250
14 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.319
15 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.380
16 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +2.979
17 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.107
18 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.511
19 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.655
20 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.690
21 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.705
22 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.765
23 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.812
24 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.813
25 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.908
26 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.001
27 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.227
28 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.630
29 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +2.062
30 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.608
31 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.788
Sunny / 25
Friday 14 Jun 2019, 13:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1'49.167
2 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.017
3 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.046
4 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.047
5 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.208
6 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.210
7 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.298
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.463
9 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.475
10 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.526
11 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.547
12 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.581
13 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.583
14 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.642
15 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.660
16 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.669
17 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.685
18 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.726
19 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.861
20 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.921
21 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.922
22 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.938
23 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.078
24 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.147
25 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.156
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.267
27 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.280
28 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1.351
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.732
30 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.740
31 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +2.369
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