Rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) rode a storming Moto3 qualifying session to take second place on the grid, equalling his previous best achieved at June’s Catalan GP.

The 18-year-old from Tokyo – who was fighting for a podium finish at last Sunday’s San Marino GP until he was knocked off by a rival on the final lap – has impressed the MotoGP paddock with his speed and consistency in his apprenticeship season. Ogura currently stands 12th in the points standings.

This is the home race of Madrid-born 17-year-old Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) who was delighted with his second-row performance, equalling his best grid position in sixth position. Tomorrow the Spaniard will aim to better his fourth-place finish at Barcelona in June.

Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) comes into this race from a super-strong run of qualifying and race results, including two pole positions and four consecutive podiums that moved him into third overall, from where he can mount a championship challenge. Today the 19-year-old Italian qualified seventh to lead an all-Honda third row.

Joining him on row three tomorrow will be Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) – first time winner at Misano last Sunday – and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) who chased the 21-year-old from Chiba over the finish line.

World Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) had a complicated Saturday. The 22-year-old Italian, who qualified on the fourth row, currently holds a 22-point lead over Spaniard Aron Canet, who will start from pole position.

Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) will also start from the fourth row, the 18-year-old from Yokosuka aiming for his fifth top ten of the year.

Ogura’s team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) will not race tomorrow. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka injured his right shoulder when he was knocked out of last week’s San Marino GP. He tried yesterday but the pain was too much, so he will focus on recovering for the four Asian races that follow this event.

Ai Ogura

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It was a difficult qualifying practice because I couldn’t make as many laps I needed. In the last lap, I managed the group very well, and I got second. The grid position is good for tomorrow, but I wanted to try more things in qualifying. We will try to confirm the setting in warm-up, and we will see what happens in the race. The key point in this circuit is the last straight and the sector between the last corner and the finish line. You must think a lot during the race to get the victory, mainly in which position you should be in the last chicane. It is not easy, but my experience here in FIM CEV and Rookies Cup could help me.

Honda Team Asia
Alonso Lopez

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It was a positive day today, because I was able to ride fast on both a wet and dry track. It was good for me to regain a feel for these conditions, with my place in Q2 already guaranteed. I think I have a good pace, both riding alone and in a group, and I’m good in cornering. We are on the second line of the grid. Being more used to starting from further back I must keep calm and maintain my concentration in the opening moments.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Tony Arbolino

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It was an intense day. We tried a lot of things that I thought could be helpful but I had some difficulties, so we didn't find the perfect lap. We are working 100 percent to find the solutions we need for tomorrow.

Marinelli Snipers Team
Gran Premio de Aragón

MotorLand Aragon, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 14

Sunny / 27
Saturday 21 Sep 2019, 14:40 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 43%
  • Ground Temp: 36°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 1'58.197
2 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.701
3 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.786
4 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.895
5 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.924
6 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.997
7 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.004
8 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.007
9 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.015
10 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.139
11 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.210
12 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +1.252
13 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.465
14 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.572
15 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.629
16 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.722
17 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.819
18 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.407
19 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.686
20 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.802
21 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.076
22 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.097
23 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.151
24 Gerard Riu Male 67 SPA Baiko Racing Team KTM +1.269
25 Julian Jose Garcia 10 SPA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.457
26 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.666
27 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.855
28 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +2.032
29 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +2.775
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.793
Sunny / 27
Friday 20 Sep 2019, 13:34 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Ground Temp: 36°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM 1'58.566
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.086
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.166
4 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.218
5 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.448
6 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.537
7 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.550
8 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.556
9 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.568
10 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.618
11 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.694
12 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.752
13 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.803
14 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.888
15 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.076
16 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +1.101
17 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.104
18 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.111
19 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.118
20 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.149
21 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.392
22 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.396
23 Julian Jose Garcia 10 SPA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.418
24 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1.497
25 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.539
26 Gerard Riu Male 67 SPA Baiko Racing Team KTM +1.563
27 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.695
28 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.765
29 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.934
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +3.074
31 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +3.980
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 179 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 157 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 149 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 123 Leopard Racing Honda
5 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 118 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
6 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 113 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
7 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 96 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
8 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 88 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
9 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 75 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
10 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 71 PruestlGP KTM
11 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 67 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
12 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 66 Honda Team Asia Honda
13 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 65 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
14 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 60 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
15 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 52 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
16 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 51 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
18 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 47 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
19 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 44 CIP – Green Power KTM
20 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 35 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
21 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 34 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
22 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 16 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
23 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 13 PruestlGP KTM
25 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 9 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
26 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
27 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 5 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
28 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
29 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
30 Riccardo ROSSI 54 ITA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
31 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM
32 Jeremy ALCOBA 52 SPA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
33 Elia BARTOLINI 20 RSM 1 Sky Junior Team VR46 KTM