Honda Moto3 riders John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) scored a superb one-two finish at the end of a hectic Moto3 race.

Halfway through the final lap the remarkable Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) looked like making it an all-Honda podium, until the 19-year-old rider from Tokyo was barged wide by a rival just four corners from the chequered flag. That incident was heartbreak for the Qatar GP winner, who had fought his way from 12th place on lap seven to join the lead group in the final stages and briefly take the lead with two laps to go. Despite the collision, Toba managed to cross the finish line in sixth place, just 1.4 seconds behind winner McPhee.

This was the 24-year-old Briton’s second Moto3 victory and his first since the 2016 Czech GP. After starting from pole position he spent most of the 22 laps at the back of the lead group, only moving forward during the closing stages to engage in a breath-taking battle with Dalla Porta, Toba, Andrea Migno and others.

Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), who finished second to team-mate Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) at the Spanish GP earlier this month, dominated the first half of the race. The 21-year-old from Chiba lost the lead when he ran wide at turn seven on lap 15, but he was soon in front again, only to lose the lead once again when he crashed at the first chicane, taking Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) with him. Sadly, Antonelli also crashed out of the race, but retains third place overall.

Dalla Porta’s second-place result, just one tenth of a second behind McPhee, puts him a strong second in the World Championship. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) was Honda’s next finisher in fourth place, just two seconds outside a podium finish.

Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) led the first day of practice here and was with the leaders when he fell on the first lap.

The MotoGP circus travels south west from Le Mans to Italy, for the Italian GP at Mugello on June 2.

John Mcphee

John Mcphee 17

I can't explain my feelings right now: I'm very excited. It has been a long time since I won and throughout the season we have suffered a lot. Transforming speed into results has been difficult, and finally we managed to achieve it yesterday by taking pole position. I have to thank the team because they have given me a lot of support. We have experienced hard weekends and we have been able to change the situation. My last victory was at Brno in the wet, so it's amazing to also have a win in the dry. It's my first victory of the season, but there is still a lot of time in which to take the season where we want it. Things are very even in this series and each rider pushes 100 percent. There have been ten different winners in the last ten races and that shows that Moto3 is a tough class.

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Lorenzo Dalla Porta

Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48

I’m super happy with today’s result. This weekend has been very difficult for us, I crashed four times and I didn’t have nice feelings with my bike. We’ve worked a lot but I never thought I could get this result until the moment the race started. I gave my best; I recovered many positions and the only thing I did was pushing while trying to control the situation because a result like this one after the last races was something we really needed. Many thanks to the team, they’ve worked so hard. I’m over the moon.

Leopard Racing
Gabriel Rodrigo

Gabriel Rodrigo 19

It’s clear that we are looking for some more, especially when we’re so close. It’s been a very fast race and I was really quick in the first part. In the second half, though, with some drops of rain and the team telling me to push because two thirds of the race were completed, I wanted to attack I ended up colliding with Migno and that sent me on the green stripe and cost me some positions. Fourth place is still a good result and shows we’re always competitive. Now we need a bit more luck to get on the podium.

Gresini Racing Moto3
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

I’m disappointed because I had real chance to win. In the race I was very strong, except at the beginning when I lost a lot of time. When I reached the top group, I felt very strong, overtaking in a smooth and easy way. In the last lap I made a little mistake trying to take the lead and suddenly Canet touched me. The situation was very dangerous, and I needed to pick up the bike to avoid crashing together. Finally, I finished P6, it’s a shame but at the same time is important to finish the races. Here I’ve lost a podium finish, but I will try again in Mugello.

Honda Team Asia
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

I don’t know what I can say. During the weekend everything was going perfect, the bike permitted me to be fast in every condition. I started very well, maintaining the third position, but I did a mistake at the exit of a corner in the first lap, and I crashed. I know I’ve lost the chance to get a good result. Now I’m in pain because of the crash. Tomorrow I will go to visit Doctor Mir in Barcelona for a medical check.

Honda Team Asia
Grand Prix de France

Le Mans, France

Moto3 2019, Round 5

Cloudy / 14
Sunday 19 May 2019, 09:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 14°C
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Ground Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 John Mcphee 17 GBR 25 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 37'48.689
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 20 Leopard Racing Honda +0.106
3 Aron Canet 44 SPA 16 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.757
4 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM 13 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.978
5 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 11 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.201
6 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 10 Honda Team Asia Honda +1.410
7 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 9 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.451
8 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 8 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.636
9 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 7 PruestlGP KTM +1.848
10 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 6 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.049
11 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 5 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +2.663
12 Jaume Masia 5 SPA 4 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +3.748
13 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +11.812
14 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 2 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +11.896
15 Filip Salac 12 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM +30.511
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +32.544
17 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +40.026
Cloudy / 13
Saturday 18 May 2019, 14:21 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 13°C
  • Humidity: 81%
  • Ground Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda 1'42.277
2 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.190
3 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.238
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.290
5 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.466
6 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.615
7 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.674
8 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.684
9 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.692
10 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.711
11 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.742
12 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.830
13 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.936
14 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +1.027
15 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1.242
16 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.312
17 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.479
18 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.524
19 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.522
20 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.595
21 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.649
22 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.716
23 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.782
24 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.843
25 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +0.919
26 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.122
27 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.541
28 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.802
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.098
Sunny / 20
Friday 17 May 2019, 15:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 39%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 1'42.147
2 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.116
3 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.313
4 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.318
5 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.335
6 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.346
7 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.361
8 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.407
9 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.473
10 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.539
11 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.541
12 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.544
13 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.650
14 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.688
15 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.772
16 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.787
17 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.793
18 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.858
19 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.913
20 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.937
21 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.987
22 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.025
23 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.065
24 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1.160
25 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.242
26 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.312
27 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.410
28 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.892
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.227
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