Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) crowned his superb Moto3 World Championship victory with a fine ride to second place in the soaking-wet first race of the day. The 20-year-old Spaniard crossed the line four seconds behind Can Oncu, who simultaneously became the youngest-ever Grand Prix winner (at 15 years and 115 days old), the first Turk to win a Grand Prix and the first rider to win on his debut since Noboru Ueda won the 1991 Japanese 125cc Grand Prix at Suzuka.

There were numerous tumbles in the treacherous conditions, with Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) the first to go at the fourth corner of the first lap, taking with him Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

The early leader was pole-starter Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers Honda NSF250RW) who led the first 11 laps, eking out a narrow lead over Oncu. But on lap 12 of 23 he fell at the tricky turn four – the first right-hander of the anti-clockwise circuit with a downhill entry to the corner, which makes it easy to lose grip. The 18-year-old Italian was distraught after his tumble, which robbed him of a potential first Grand Prix victory.

Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) battled with Martin for a podium finish for much of the race, until the 20-year-old Italian made a small error. He eventually finished fourth, to make sure of the runner-up position in the riders championship, giving Fausto Gresini’s team a title one-two. Honda had already won the constructors crown, its 18th in Moto3/125cc class. Martin’s riders title success was Honda’s 17th Riders World Championship in the category.

Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) splashed his way through the conditions – which caused 15 crashes, none of which was serious – to take the chequered flag in fifth place to complete the 2018 season fourth overall, ahead of first-lap fallers Dalla Porta and Canet, who nonetheless finished the year fifth and sixth overall, making it six NSF250R riders in the top six of the championship.

Front-row starter Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) finished the race in eighth place, his best-ever Grand Prix result. Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was 11th.

MotoGP winter testing begins at Valencia on Tuesday. The two-day outing is followed by another two-day session at Jerez later this month. Next year’s testing starts at Sepang, Malaysia, in February.

Jorge Martin

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The goal was to finish on the podium. It wasn’t easy given our starting position but I did all I could to get back to the front without taking too many risks. Diggia and I had a good pace and I capitalised on his mistake to pull away and seal second place. I’m really happy for the team: we won it all this year and I’m especially happy because Fausto deserved it. I hope the team will keep winning in the future. Thank you so much.

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Fabio di Giannantonio

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I’m really happy: at the beginning I managed to pass a lot of riders, but the race was tough. Once I saw that Bezzecchi had crashed out, I tried to control proceedings. When I had that moment on corner exit I decided to just go for the points I needed and as soon as I was told that fourth place was enough, that’s all I cared about. We are vice-champions and I would like to thank the team for this amazing year.

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Enea Bastianini

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It was a very difficult race, marked by many crashes in the very first moments. I had to be careful because every time I wanted to overtake, there was a crash in front of me! So the leading group ran away immediately and I had trouble to get them back. However, I managed to keep a good pace throughout the race, claiming many positions and crossing the finish line in fifth place: a nice end for this season and my Moto3 experience.

Leopard Racing
Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Moto3 2018, Round 19

Rain / 14
Sunday 18 Nov 2018, 13:19 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 14°C
  • Humidity: 98%
  • Ground Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Can Oncu 61 TUR 25 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 43'06.370
2 Jorge Martin 88 SPA 20 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +4.071
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR 16 CIP – Green Power KTM +6.130
4 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA 13 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +12.897
5 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA 11 Leopard Racing Honda +14.735
6 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 10 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +21.984
7 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 9 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +26.641
8 Nakarin Atiratphuvap 41 THA 8 Honda Team Asia Honda +30.758
9 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 7 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +33.411
10 Celestino Vietti 31 ITA 6 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +39.008
11 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 5 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +42.332
12 Stefano Nepa 81 ITA 4 CIP – Green Power KTM +48.931
13 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 3 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +54.434
14 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 2 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +54.585
15 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM +56.424
16 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +57.222
17 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'00.541
18 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 0 Leopard Racing Honda +1'35.093
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1 lap
20 Marco Bezzecchi 12 ITA 0 PruestlGP KTM +1 lap
Rain / 16
Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 13:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 89%
  • Ground Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda 1'46.773
2 Nakarin Atiratphuvap 41 THA Honda Team Asia Honda +1'47.017
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1'47.116
4 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'47.336
5 Aron Canet 44 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'47.431
6 Marco Bezzecchi 12 ITA PruestlGP KTM +1'47.776
7 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'47.783
8 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1'47.796
9 Albert Arenas 16 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'47.826
10 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'47.880
11 Alonso Lopez 72 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1'47.896
12 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1'48.069
13 Jorge Martin 88 SPA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +1'48.124
14 Enea Bastianini 33 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'48.216
15 Fabio di Giannantonio 21 ITA Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda +1'48.357
16 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1'48.435
17 Dennis Foggia 10 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'48.543
18 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1'48.614
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1'48.772
20 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1'48.894
21 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1'49.027
22 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'49.469
23 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1'49.696
24 Celestino Vietti 31 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1'49.802
25 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'49.980
26 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1'50.011
27 Philipp Oettl 65 GER Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM +1'50.145
28 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1'51.870
29 Stefano Nepa 81 ITA CIP – Green Power KTM +1'52.119
30 Izam Ikmal 26 MAL Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1'53.093
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 260 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
2 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 218 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
3 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 214 PruestlGP KTM
4 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 177 Leopard Racing Honda
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 151 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 116 PruestlGP KTM
9 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 107 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
10 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 102 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 84 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
12 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 78 CIP – Green Power KTM
13 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 76 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 71 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 71 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
16 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 58 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
17 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 57 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
18 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 57 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
19 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 55 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 50 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 46 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
22 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 37 Honda Team Asia Honda
23 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 36 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
24 Can ONCU 61 TUR 25 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
25 Celestino VIETTI 31 ITA 24 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
26 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 18 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
27 Vicente PEREZ 77 SPA 16 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
28 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 16 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
29 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 12 Honda Team Asia Honda
30 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 9 CIP – Green Power KTM
31 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 9 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
32 Livio LOI 11 BEL 8 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
33 Chantra SOMKIAT THA 7 AP Honda Racing Thailand Honda
34 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
35 Stefano NEPA 81 ITA 4 CIP – Green Power KTM
36 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda