Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) goes into round six of the Moto3 World Championship just three points behind series leader Marco Bezzecchi after a brilliant third victory of the year at Mugello. The 20-year-old from Madrid is the fastest rider in Moto3 aboard his NSF250RW and only lost the championship lead after he was taken out by other riders at Jerez and Le Mans. Last year at Barcelona-Catalunya he finished a close third to achieve his first Grand Prix podium at a Spanish venue.

Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) is five points behind Martin and looking forward to another podium this weekend after crossing the finish line in third place at Mugello, just 0.043 seconds behind the winner, one of the closest podium time margins in Grand Prix history. The 19-year-old has yet to win his first race but is certain that he will make the top step of the podium soon.

Eighteen-year-old Spaniard Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) is fourth overall and aiming to get back on the podium for the first time since round two in Argentina. Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) hold sixth and seventh in the title hunt, making it five Hondas in the top seven of the championship.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW), Adam Norrodin (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) are Honda’s other riders in the top 20.

Aron Canet

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“Riding so close to home is another source of motivation when you get to the Catalan GP, since it’s a very varied and demanding track where it is not enough just to be fast. You also have to be very clear about your strategy when you ride at the limit on the final laps of races contested in groups. At Mugello we were limited in the race because we didn’t have a good slipstream that would allow us to reach the riders who had escaped, but that setback does not detract from our conviction of being competitive wherever we are. The track has new asphalt and I hope to be among the leading riders again.”

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Jorge Martin

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“We cannot wait to get back on track and especially at Montmelo, where I’ve always been quick and where last year I had one of my best weekends of the season. It’s a track that I like because we are racing on an older layout, which suits my style a lot better. We come from the win at Mugello, but I’m sure the KTMs will be competitive this time out, too. We will be ready for the challenge.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Fabio di Giannantonio

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“Going to Barcelona is always unique, because each time we are racing on a different track. Since I made my world championship debut I have never raced on the same one and this year we’ll be using the older layout, with much longer corners, so it will be interesting to see how our Honda will behave. After a podium and a half win, we need to keep the momentum going: I’m training really hard to be physically prepared for this event, which is expected to be really hot.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

Moto3 2018, Round 7

Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Jun 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 83 PruestlGP KTM
2 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 80 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 75 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
4 Aron CANET 44 SPA 61 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
5 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 56 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 44 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 43 Leopard Racing Honda
8 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 41 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
9 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 38 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
10 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 36 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
11 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 36 PruestlGP KTM
12 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 33 Leopard Racing Honda
13 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 28 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 24 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 24 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
16 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 23 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
17 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 21 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
18 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 17 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
19 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 16 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
20 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 16 Honda Team Asia Honda
21 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 11 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
22 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 10 CIP – Green Power KTM
23 Livio LOI 11 BEL 7 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
24 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
25 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 5 CIP – Green Power KTM
26 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
27 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 2 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
28 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda