Young Moto3 star Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) scored the first Grand Prix victory of his career in the first race of the day, coming out on top of a frantic race in which numerous riders fell.

Ramirez’s maiden success continues Moto3’s remarkable run of 12 different winners from the last 12 races, all the way back to last October’s Thailand Grand Prix.

The lead pack consisted of more than a dozen riders throughout the 21 laps, with the top ten separated by just one second at half-distance and the first seven men over the finish line covered by one second.

The result was in doubt until the chequered flag was being readied. Qatar GP winner Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) rode a superb race, once again staging a fantastic fightback, this time from 27th on the grid, to take the lead at three-quarters distance. On several occasions Toba was repassed by rivals but he retook the lead on the penultimate lap and was still ahead with four corners to go, when he slid off at the turn-ten hairpin. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka was bitterly disappointed, although he had once again proved he has race-winning speed.

When Toba fell, 21-year-old Spaniard Ramirez seized the advantage to take the flag 0.119 seconds ahead of points leader Aron Canet.

Another 21-year-old Spaniard Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) took fourth place, equalling his best-ever result, less than a tenth of a second behind third-place man Celestino Vietti.

Honda NSF250RW riders filled six of the top nine positions, with Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) also in the lead group and finishing sixth, 1.008 seconds down on Ramirez. Right behind the 18-year-old from Saitama were Romano Fenati (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Ryusei Yamanaka (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW).

Seventeen-year-old Yamanaka was contesting only his second Grand Prix, after making his debut in Qatar, where he finished 25th. This year his full-time task is contesting the Moto3 Junior World championship, which is based mostly in Spain. He currently lies eighth overall in that series after taking victory in the recent Valencia round.

Today’s Moto3 race didn’t go well for Honda’s other title hopefuls. Pole-starter Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) crashed out on the penultimate lap, while Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) had technical issues.

Today’s racing was the 930th Grand Prix event since motorcycling’s World Championships began in 1949. The first-ever championship races took place at the 1949 Isle of Man TT, with the 350cc race on June 13 and the 250cc and 500cc races on June 17.

Marcos Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez 42

Considering my physical condition after the surgery this weekend has been very positive. Finishing 2nd in qualifying and 6th in race is more than I expected. During the first laps of the race I lost a lot of positions. Now I know that the position of the grid is really important in Moto3 to be in front. I’m looking forward for the next race to be fully fit and then try to keep improving.

Leopard Racing
Alonso Lopez

Alonso Lopez 21

I've been working with my team-mate, Sergio Garcia, all weekend, and that has made us both stronger. In the race itself, he was riding very comfortably in the leading group. The pace had been fast on the first two laps, but then it slowed down. I was in third or second almost all the time, as well as leading the race. In the end, we missed out on the podium, but this happens and it makes us stronger ahead of the Dutch TT. I also want to thank my team because the bike was really flying. I'm feeling stronger all the time.

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

Considering my physical condition after the surgery this weekend has been very positive. Finishing 2nd in qualifying and 6th in race is more than I expected. During the first laps of the race I lost a lot of positions. Now I know that the position of the grid is really important in Moto3 to be in front. I’m looking forward for the next race to be fully fit and then try to keep improving.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

I’m very disappointed, I feel that I’ve lost a big chance to win the race and fight for the championship. Starting from the 8th row meant it was not easy to arrive to the top group, but I pushed as much as possible. When I arrived in first position I tried to break the group but it was impossible. Then I changed my strategy, I felt like I could win but I was too nervous and I made a mistake. Being positive, now I know that I need to work on my mind to manage these situations. At the same time I showed that I have the speed to be in front every race.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 7

Cloudy / 25
Sunday 16 Jun 2019, 11:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 25 Leopard Racing Honda 38'36.156
2 Aron Canet 44 SPA 20 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.119
3 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 16 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.146
4 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 13 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.235
5 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 11 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.947
6 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 10 Honda Team Asia Honda +1.008
7 Romano Fenati 55 ITA 9 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.068
8 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 8 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.358
9 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.984
10 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 6 PruestlGP KTM +2.472
11 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 5 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +2.729
12 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +2.980
13 John Mcphee 17 GBR 3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +3.264
14 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM +11.120
15 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 1 CIP – Green Power KTM +18.467
16 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +21.845
17 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +39.997
18 Vicente Perez 77 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Academy KTM +54.306
19 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 0 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +1'00.726
NC Kaito Toba 27 JPN 0 Honda Team Asia Honda DNF
NC Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda DNF
NC Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS 0 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM DNF
NC Jaume Masia 5 SPA 0 Bester Capital Dubai KTM DNF
NC Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 0 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda DNF
NC Filip Salac 12 CZE 0 PruestlGP KTM DNF
NC Andrea Migno 16 ITA 0 Bester Capital Dubai KTM DNF
NC Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM DNF
NC Raul Fernandez 25 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM DNF
NC Sergio Garcia 11 SPA 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda DNF
NC Albert Arenas 75 SPA 0 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM DNF
NC Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 0 Leopard Racing Honda DNF
Cloudy / 27
Saturday 15 Jun 2019, 14:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 27°C
  • Humidity: 54%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 1'48.450
2 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.021
3 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.314
4 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.332
5 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.346
6 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.359
7 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.622
8 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.629
9 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.850
10 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.004
11 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.111
12 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.138
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.250
14 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.319
15 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.380
16 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +2.979
17 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.107
18 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.511
19 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.655
20 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.690
21 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.705
22 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.765
23 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.812
24 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.813
25 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.908
26 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.001
27 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.227
28 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.630
29 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +2.062
30 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.608
31 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.788
Sunny / 25
Friday 14 Jun 2019, 13:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 51%
  • Ground Temp: 33°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 1'49.167
2 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.017
3 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.046
4 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.047
5 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.208
6 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.210
7 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +0.298
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.463
9 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.475
10 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.526
11 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.547
12 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.581
13 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.583
14 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.642
15 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.660
16 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.669
17 Carlos Tatay 99 SPA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +0.685
18 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.726
19 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.861
20 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.921
21 Ryusei Yamanaka 6 JPN Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.922
22 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.938
23 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.078
24 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +1.147
25 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.156
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.267
27 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.280
28 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +1.351
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.732
30 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.740
31 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +2.369
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 103 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 80 Leopard Racing Honda
3 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 75 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
4 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 68 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
5 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 65 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
6 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 51 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
7 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 51 Honda Team Asia Honda
8 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 49 Leopard Racing Honda
9 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 47 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
10 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 40 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
11 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 37 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
12 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 36 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
13 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 33 CIP – Green Power KTM
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 31 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 30 PruestlGP KTM
16 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 30 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
18 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 27 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
19 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 27 Honda Team Asia Honda
20 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 22 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 16 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 11 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
23 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 7 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
24 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 4 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
25 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 4 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
26 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 3 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
27 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 2 CIP – Green Power KTM
28 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 1 PruestlGP KTM