Moto3 star Ogura rode a superb race to finish today’s outing in second place and score his first World Championship podium. The World Championship apprentice and former Rec Bull Rookies and CEV rider has been building speed steadily in recent months with an excellent run of points-scoring finishes. Last Sunday at Misano he was in the fight for a podium when he was knocked down on the very last lap, so his Aragon result was a well-deserved reward for his ever-improving performances.

And Ogura had to fight for position at every corner, with a large pack of riders contesting second place behind local winner Aron Canet. Just 4.6 seconds separated Ogura from 15th finisher Jakub Kornfeil. The last few laps were especially hectic, Ogura beating Dennis Foggia by just over a tenth of a second.

Honda riders featured heavily in lead pack, with seven NSF250RW machines in the top ten. French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was fourth, less than a tenth behind Foggia, despite losing one of his knee-sliders, which made cornering very difficult. He was followed over the line by Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), Misano winner Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

The Aragon round was complicated for World Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who qualified 12th, fought back from 15th in the early laps to take the flag in tenth, only to lose one position for exceeding track limits. He was thus credited with 11th, which puts him two points ahead of Canet with five races remaining.

Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) was promoted to tenth to maintain his third place in the title chase. Honda riders fill five of the current six championship positions, with Honda working hard to take its third consecutive Moto3 Constructors World Championship.

Ogura’s team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was unable to race today. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was taken out by another rider at Misano. He rode here on Friday but the pain was too much for him to continue.

Today’s racing marks the end of 11 consecutive European races. The MotoGP paddock now packs its flight cases and jets east for the Thailand, Japanese, Australian and Malaysian GPs. The 2019 season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Ai Ogura

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The sensation after achieving my first podium is special. The podium was one of my targets in my rookie season. About the race, in the beginning, after two or three laps, I tried to follow Aron [Canet], but he had a good pace, so it was impossible to follow him. After that, I tried to stay in front of the group. In the end, my strategy was perfect, and I’m pleased about that. I would like to thank the team and the sponsors. If I can continue like this in Thailand it would be nice. Since Le Mans I’ve been thinking about a day like today.

Honda Team Asia
John Mcphee

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I did everything I could, but it was a typical Moto3 battle. When I saw Canet make the break I knew I could go with him – but it was so hard to get away from the chasing pack. I felt really comfortable in the group until another rider ran into me and before I knew it about six of them were past! It was game-on after that, trying to bring the gap back, and I threw absolutely everything I could at it. With ten laps to go, I lost my left knee slider too – which is almost like losing your third wheel! In a few corners, I really had to change my riding style, but it only held me back a little bit and it wasn’t what cost me a podium. It was a shame not to get on the podium, but I’m happy with the result, especially as we’re up to fourth in the championship.

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Alonso Lopez

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I’m very happy with the weekend, because both in wet and dry conditions we were very fast, and that is very positive. Riding alone in practice also helped me a lot to prepare for the race. Off the start I was always in the top three or four, and was quite comfortable in the group. On the last lap I tried to overtake Foggia and Ogura, but they shut me in a little and in the end I couldn’t pass them. What I will take away is the good feeling I had, and I am sure that if we continue like this, we can do a great job at the coming races. I want to thank the team and everybody who came out to support me.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Gran Premio de Aragón

MotorLand Aragon, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 14

Sunny / 27
Sunday 22 Sep 2019, 11:39 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Aron Canet 44 SPA 25 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM 38'01.916
2 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 20 Honda Team Asia Honda +4.581
3 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 16 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +4.663
4 John Mcphee 17 GBR 13 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +4.729
5 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 11 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +4.842
6 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 10 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +4.947
7 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 9 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +5.085
8 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 8 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +5.483
9 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM 7 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +5.773
10 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 6 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +8.812
11 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 5 Leopard Racing Honda +8.579
12 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +8.900
13 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +8.905
14 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 2 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +8.970
15 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM +9.197
16 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 0 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +13.455
17 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +13.551
18 Filip Salac 12 CZE 0 PruestlGP KTM +13.561
19 Gerard Riu Male 67 SPA 0 Baiko Racing Team KTM +13.790
20 Julian Jose Garcia 10 SPA 0 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +13.891
21 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +14.197
22 Davide Pizzoli 32 ITA 0 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +16.586
23 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +20.338
24 Deniz Oncu 53 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +20.870
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +34.135
26 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +43.083
27 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 0 CIP – Green Power KTM +1'06.771
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, 22 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 184 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 182 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 155 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 126 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
5 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 123 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 118 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 96 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
8 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 90 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
9 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 86 Honda Team Asia Honda
10 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 85 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
11 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 81 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
12 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 72 PruestlGP KTM
13 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
14 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 67 Marinelli Snipers Team 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 50 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
19 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 45 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
20 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 44 CIP – Green Power KTM
21 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 43 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
22 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 18 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 16 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
25 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 13 PruestlGP KTM
26 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
27 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
28 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 5 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
29 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo 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