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.