Moto3 pole position went to Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who took the second pole of his career and the second in one week! This was an especially tricky qualifying session, with light rain falling at some parts of the track throughout much of Q2.

The 21-year-old Spaniard timed his end-of-session attack perfectly. Like many riders he waited until the rain had eased before returning to the track for his final run, commencing his last lap just a second or two before the chequered flag came out. That last lap put him at the top of an all-Honda front row, 0.127 seconds ahead of San Marino GP Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and a further 0.105 seconds ahead of French GP winner John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW).

Last Sunday in Australia Ramirez finished the race in the slipstream of winning team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), whose third victory of 2019 won him the Moto3 Riders World Championship and secured the Constructors World Championship for Honda.

Seventh-fastest Dalla Porta will start tomorrow’s Moto3 race from the all-Honda third row of the grid after missing row two by just 0.011 seconds. The 22-year-old Italian will chase another win while doing what he can to help team-mate Ramirez, who currently lies fourth overall in the points standings.

McPhee’s team-mate Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was eighth, which puts him on the middle of the third row, alongside ninth-quickest Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW). Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) completes the top ten.

Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) will have to work extra hard in the race after qualifying 14th, the 18-year-old from Saitama struggling to get close to the front of the grid at recent races.

Team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had an even more complicated day, sliding off in the early stages of the Q2 session, which left him unable to complete a lap. The 19-year-old from Fukuoka will therefore start from 17th, alongside Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) who is hampered by recent injury.

This weekend’s Malaysian GP is the last of three Grands Prix on consecutive weekends and the penultimate round of 2019. The season concludes at Valencia, Spain, on November 17.

Marcos Ramirez

Marcos Ramirez 42

The weather conditions were tricky, with a few spots of rain falling. This pole position is better than last weekend’s because the weather wasn’t good in Australia, so this pole feels more real. I am ready for the race; my pace is good and we will see that we can do in the race. Lorenzo won the championship last Sunday, so I hope that he can help me here and at Valencia to try and get second in the championship!

Leopard Racing
Tatsuki Suzuki

Tatsuki Suzuki 24

We did our best for pole and we nearly got it – but anyway we are very happy to be on the front row of the grid, especially since we qualified fourth at the last two races. The Hondas are fast here, but the race will be complicated, with a big group of riders at the front using the slipstream. It will be important to look after your tyres and wait until the last few laps to plan your strategy.

SIC58 Squadra Corse
John Mcphee

John Mcphee 17

Yesterday I was so disappointed to be P24 when we had the pace to be at the front, so it’s very nice to be able to turn it around for the team’s home Grand Prix. The conditions were really tricky, with rain falling the whole way around the circuit - and I was still able to do my fastest lap of the weekend! After that, it kept coming down and I saw a few guys nearly crash in front of me so I knew there wouldn’t be much opportunity to improve. I know I can fight tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to the race. It’s an important one for the team but we’ve been at the front fighting for the win for half a season, so I’m just going to try and treat it like a normal event. My pace is really strong on used tyres, so let’s see what we can do.

Petronas Sprinta Racing
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

We did a big change from yesterday to today, and I was able to attack the corners as I like. Of course, my grid position is not as good as I expected, but in general, everything is going much better than in Phillip Island or Motegi. We should continue working in this direction and try to keep like this.

Honda Team Asia
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

I made a big mistake crashing on my first lap in Q2, but we are optimistic for tomorrow. Yesterday we worked very well preparing for the race, and I have a good pace. I’m convinced that we are competitive and all the options are open for tomorrow’s race.

Honda Team Asia
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

Moto3 2019, Round 18

Cloudy / 31
Saturday 2 Nov 2019, 05:50 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 71%
  • Ground Temp: 43°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda 2'11.758
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.127
3 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.232
4 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.414
5 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.556
6 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.574
7 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.585
8 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.611
9 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.627
10 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.638
11 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.762
12 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.991
13 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.032
14 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.039
15 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.384
16 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.402
17 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +
18 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.138
19 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.367
20 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.543
21 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.805
22 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.837
23 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +0.917
24 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.022
25 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +1.381
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.388
27 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.830
28 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.943
29 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +2.517
Sunny / 33
Friday 1 Nov 2019, 06:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 33°C
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Ground Temp: 55°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 2'12.466
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.235
3 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.258
4 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.311
5 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.345
6 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.353
7 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.386
8 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.386
9 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.444
10 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.493
11 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.557
12 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.558
13 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.803
14 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.831
15 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.869
16 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +1.050
17 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.156
18 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.176
19 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.195
20 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.254
21 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +1.267
22 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.283
23 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.315
24 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.484
25 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.552
26 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.597
27 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.878
28 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +2.296
29 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.443
Rider Standings
Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 254 Leopard Racing Honda
2 Aron CANET 44 SPA 182 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
3 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 168 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
4 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 164 Leopard Racing Honda
5 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 147 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
6 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 122 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
7 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 116 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
8 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 111 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
9 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 105 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
10 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 104 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
11 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 97 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
12 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 90 Honda Team Asia Honda
13 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 77 PruestlGP KTM
14 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 71 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
15 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 71 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
16 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 67 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
17 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 62 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
18 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 60 Honda Team Asia Honda
19 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 58 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
20 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 58 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
21 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 54 CIP – Green Power KTM
22 Sergio GARCIA 11 SPA 31 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
23 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 22 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
24 Stefano NEPA 82 ITA 19 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
25 Filip SALAC 12 CZE 18 PruestlGP KTM
26 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 14 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
27 Tom BOOTH-AMOS 69 GBR 10 CIP – Green Power KTM
28 Ryusei YAMANAKA 6 JPN 8 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
29 Carlos TATAY 99 SPA 8 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM
30 Riccardo ROSSI 54 ITA 5 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
31 Can ONCU 61 TUR 4 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
32 Jeremy ALCOBA 52 SPA 2 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
33 Elia BARTOLINI 20 RSM 1 Sky Junior Team VR46 KTM