Honda NSF250RW team-mates Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) scored a superb one-two in today’s breath-taking Moto3 race, which had the first five riders pass the chequered flag covered by just half a second.

This was 23-year-old Italian Antonelli’s first Grand Prix victory since he won the 2016 Qatar GP, also on Honda machinery. His fourth career GP success moves him to second in the 2019 World Championship, just one point behind Aaron Canet.

Suzuki did much of the leading in a typically frantic Moto3 encounter, in which all 15 points scores were separated by just two seconds at half-distance! The lead changed multiple times, often several times a lap, with the pack jostling for position behind. Finally Antonelli bettered his team-mate on the last lap, the 21-year-old from Chiba crossed the finish line 0.242 seconds behind his team-mate for his first GP podium.

The one-two achievement was particularly emotional for team owner Paolo Simoncelli, father of the late, great Marco Simoncelli, who won his first Grand Prix victory 15 years ago, here at Jerez, in the 125cc class.

Two other Honda team-mates also had a remarkable race. Qatar Grand Prix winner Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) finished sixth and ninth, after starting from 24th and 20th on the grid.

Toba’s race was particularly sensational. The 19-year-old Fukuoka rider’s grid position was the result of a tumble during qualifying, so he spent the entire 22 laps carving his way past other riders to cross the line 1.1 seconds behind the winner. The fact that he completed the first lap in 24th place and after six laps was still 6.6 seconds behind the race leader proves that he would have been in the fight for victory once again, if he hadn’t slid off yesterday afternoon. Today’s result – his third top ten from four races – moved him into fourth place in the championship.

Rookie Ogura also rode brilliantly, fighting his way past numerous rivals to score his first top-ten result in fine style. The 18-year-old from Tokyo was 19th after the first lap and finished the race one tenth of a second behind eighth-placed Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who started from pole for the first time in his career and was one of the strongest riders in the race, until a collision with a rival damaged his machine’s clutch.

Three other Honda riders scored points: John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) in 12th, Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) in 14th and Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) in 15th.

MotoGP continues the European sector of the championship with the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, on May 19.

Niccolò Antonelli

Niccolò Antonelli 23

I am very happy for me, the team and Paolo [Simoncelli]. We all deserve this victory. We made a good work since the first session on Friday morning. I felt really good on the bike. I decided to stay a bit behind for half the race because I wanted to save the tyre for the final laps. Then I managed to work my way up till the first position. I want to thank my team for the great job done. We are happy!

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Tatsuki Suzuki

Tatsuki Suzuki 24

First time on the podium and I am very happy. I am happy for team and above all for Paolo, because I know how much this means to him. After my race in Austin I was very angry with myself but also confident that we could make it. We have been fast since the beginning of the weekend and we made a great job. I was able to keep with the first positions for the whole race, keeping the right pace and overtaking many times. That was a great race and victory is just one step away!

SIC58 Squadra Corse
Kaito Toba

Kaito Toba 27

What a difficult race! I didn’t do a good qualifying and so I had to start from 24th position. Also, in the first laps of the race I was very slow and I lost some positions, with a big gap in respect to the front. I tried to recover during the race, pushing really hard for this sixth position. It’s not a bad result, but it’s a shame because with a better position on the grid and a better rhythm in the first laps, it was possible to be in the podium. I must improve in this point.

Honda Team Asia
Ai Ogura

Ai Ogura 79

To finish with a gap of only 1.4 seconds to the winner is good after starting in 20th position and recovering to finish ninth. At the end of the race I was strong, with a very good pace but I needed to overtake more riders at the beginning of the race to make the final part of the race easier. I need to fight more, especially in qualifying, to get a better starting position.

Honda Team Asia
Gran Premio Red Bull de España

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

Moto3 2019, Round 4

Sunny / 19
Sunday 5 May 2019, 11:23 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Ground Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA 25 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 39'30.327
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN 20 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.242
3 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA 16 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.305
4 Aron Canet 44 SPA 13 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.472
5 Albert Arenas 75 SPA 11 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.563
6 Kaito Toba 27 JPN 10 Honda Team Asia Honda +1.133
7 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE 9 PruestlGP KTM +1.187
8 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA 8 Leopard Racing Honda +1.291
9 Ai Ogura 79 JPN 7 Honda Team Asia Honda +1.430
10 Andrea Migno 16 ITA 6 Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.441
11 Darryn Binder 40 RSA 5 CIP – Green Power KTM +6.836
12 John Mcphee 17 GBR 4 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +6.851
13 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +7.104
14 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA 2 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +7.113
15 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN 1 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +7.119
16 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA 0 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +8.968
17 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA 0 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +10.252
18 Can Oncu 61 TUR 0 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +15.474
19 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +30.984
20 Vicente Perez 77 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Academy KTM +31.035
21 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA 0 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +38.862
22 Meikon Kawakami 83 BRA 0 Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +47.894
23 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA 0 Leopard Racing Honda +1'14.849
Sunny / 20
Saturday 4 May 2019, 13:37 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Ground Temp: 25°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda 1'46.011
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.004
3 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.184
4 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.221
5 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.345
6 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.414
7 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.430
8 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.461
9 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.487
10 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.528
11 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.657
12 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.895
13 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.969
14 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +1.119
15 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.390
16 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.399
17 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +1.658
18 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.832
19 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.475
20 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.712
21 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.864
22 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.074
23 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.148
24 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +1.229
25 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +1.598
26 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.666
27 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +1.688
28 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +2.082
29 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +2.505
30 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.523
31 Meikon Kawakami 83 BRA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +2.550
Sunny / 23
Friday 3 May 2019, 15:41 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Ground Temp: 41°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Niccolò Antonelli 23 ITA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 1'46.795
2 Tatsuki Suzuki 24 JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda +0.093
3 Raul Fernandez 25 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.158
4 John Mcphee 17 GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.257
5 Aron Canet 44 SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM +0.281
6 Romano Fenati 55 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.326
7 Gabriel Rodrigo 19 RSM Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.372
8 Tony Arbolino 14 ITA Marinelli Snipers Team Honda +0.375
9 Riccardo Rossi 54 ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda +0.422
10 Dennis Foggia 7 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.526
11 Jaume Masia 5 SPA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +0.544
12 Kaito Toba 27 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.641
13 Celestino Vietti 13 ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.644
14 Jakub Kornfeil 84 CZE PruestlGP KTM +0.658
15 Marcos Ramirez 42 SPA Leopard Racing Honda +0.668
16 Sergio Garcia 11 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +0.682
17 Vicente Perez 77 SPA Reale Avintia Academy KTM +0.683
18 Lorenzo Dalla Porta 48 ITA Leopard Racing Honda +0.684
19 Ai Ogura 79 JPN Honda Team Asia Honda +0.719
20 Ayumu Sasaki 71 JPN Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda +0.797
21 Darryn Binder 40 RSA CIP – Green Power KTM +0.845
22 Albert Arenas 75 SPA Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM +0.866
23 Can Oncu 61 TUR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM +1.048
24 Stefano Nepa 82 ITA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.060
25 Makar Yurchenko 76 RUS RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.114
26 Filip Salac 12 CZE PruestlGP KTM +1.157
27 Alonso Lopez 21 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda +1.180
28 Kazuki Masaki 22 JPN RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM +1.247
29 Andrea Migno 16 ITA Bester Capital Dubai KTM +1.325
30 Meikon Kawakami 83 BRA Fundacion Andres Perez 77 KTM +1.843
31 Tom Booth-Amos 69 GBR CIP – Green Power KTM +2.194
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Aron CANET 44 SPA 58 Sterilgarda Max Racing Team KTM
2 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 57 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
3 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 45 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
4 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 41 Honda Team Asia Honda
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 40 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Celestino VIETTI 13 ITA 36 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
7 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 29 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
8 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 26 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
9 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 26 CIP – Green Power KTM
10 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 24 Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda
11 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 24 Leopard Racing Honda
12 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 23 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Albert ARENAS 75 SPA 21 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
14 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 19 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
15 Ai OGURA 79 JPN 17 Honda Team Asia Honda
16 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 15 PruestlGP KTM
17 Alonso LOPEZ 21 SPA 14 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
18 Dennis FOGGIA 7 ITA 14 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
19 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 12 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
20 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 9 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Romano FENATI 55 ITA 7 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
22 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 3 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM