Honda riders dominated Moto3 qualifying, taking pole position at Mugello for the third year in a row. Honda’s also dominated in depth, with NSF250RW riders monopolizing the front row and filling seven of the top ten grid slots.

Fastest of all was 18-year-old Italian Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) who went fastest in the final seconds of the session, demoting Argentinian Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) into second, while compatriot Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) chased Arbolino to lift himself into third to take the last spot on the front row.

This was Arbolino’s first pole of the year and tomorrow he will chase his first podium since April’s Argentine GP. Dalla Porta’s third place on the grid is his third of the year and an important achievement because the 21-year-old Italian currently stands second in the championship fight, so he needs a strong result here to reduce the points gap to leader Aron Canet, who will start from eighth on the grid

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) led the early stages of the session and ended the session fifth and sixth fastest times. However, they were penalized for entering the track at the start of the session while the pit-lane red light was still showing. The 21-year-old from Chiba and the 23-year-old Italian will now start the race from ninth and 18th on the grid.

Those penalties moved Romano Fenati (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) onto the second row of the grid in fifth and sixth positions. Toba, the 19-year-old from Fukuoka, stands fifth in the championship chase, just behind Antonelli, after several superb rides, including victory in the season-opening Qatar GP.

Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) completes the third row in ninth position.

John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW), winner of the last Moto3 race at Le Mans, didn’t have a great afternoon, ending up on the sixth row. His team-mate Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSR250RW) heads the seventh row.

This is the biggest weekend of the career of Gerry Salim (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) so far: the 22-year-old Indonesian is making his Grand Prix debut, replacing Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) who is missing one race due to injuries sustained at Le Mans. Salim, who contests the Moto2 European Championship for the Astra Honda Racing Team, has much to learn and is working hard. He ended qualifying on row nine.

Tomorrow’s races take place one day before the 60th anniversary of Honda’s very first World Championship race: the 1959 Isle of Man Ultra-Lightweight TT, which took place on June 3, 1959.

Tony Arbolino

Tony Arbolino 14

Pole position here is an incredible emotion and is something very special for me, at my home race. We have worked very hard this weekend and I am feeling really good on the bike. Tomorrow it will be hard race but we are ready to fight!

Marinelli Snipers Team
Gabriel Rodrigo

Gabriel Rodrigo 19

I went for my first quick-lap attempt with a used front tire and a hard compound at the rear and did quite an interesting time, which was only half a second slower from my fastest lap up until then. I gained confidence and the strategy was to get back out with the big group in the second half. After speaking to the team, in light of the chaotic Q1 session, we decided to ride on our own. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to be on the front row – as it’s difficult to do so without a slip stream at this track – and I could have been fairly happy with the second or third rows. We did a great lap and we’re very confident ahead of tomorrow.

Gresini Racing Moto3
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

It’s been a positive day because starting from the first row is always nice, and even more at your home race. However, we still need to work a little bit in terms of race pace. I would say we have to refine some small details for tomorrow, something that can help us a little bit, but overall I'm pleased with my feelings. I believe there will be a big group of riders in front, although I would prefer a small one. It will be a difficult race, but I think we are ready.

Leopard Racing
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

I’m happy with my position. The bike is working much better compared to yesterday. Also, I have changed something in my riding style. Everything combined permits me to go faster and in an easy and safe way. During the qualifying I tried to push but the second row is ok. Tomorrow for sure the race will be a big group; I will try to push at the beginning to break the group and try and stay out of any danger.

Honda Team Asia
Gerry Salim

Gerry Salim 31

In FP3 I improved a lot from yesterday. My plan was to continue improving in qualifying but finally it wasn’t possible. It’s my first time doing a qualifying with the Grand Prix riders and I found many riders going slow waiting for other riders, closing the throttle in the middle of the track. I tried to go alone to do a good lap time but finally it was not enough. I have seen that I need more experience to manage this type of situations.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley

Autodromo del Mugello, Italy

Moto3 2019, Round 6

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, 19 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 74 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 60 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 57 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
5 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 49 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
6 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 45 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
7 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 40 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
8 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 37 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
9 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 34 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
10 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 26 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
11 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 26 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
12 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 26 CIP – Green Power KTM
13 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 25 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 24 Leopard Racing Honda
15 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 23 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
16 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 22 PruestlGP KTM
17 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 17 Honda Team Asia Honda
18 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 14 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
19 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 14 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
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 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM