2019 Moto3 San Marino Grand Prix Preview

Moto3 is in action this weekend for the thirteenth round of the 2019 season.

The top two

Lorenzo Dalla Porta managed to extend his championship lead slightly in Britain and heads to Misano fourteen points ahead of title rival, Aron Canet.

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Canet made a good recovery ride in Britain having been collected in Albert Arenas’s crash. Canet battled all the way back up to thirteenth and into a points scoring position. He will need a strong weekend in order not to lose further ground to Dalla Porta in the championship.

Behind the top two

Twenty four points behind Canet is Italian Tony Arbolino who has been on strong form since Moto3 returned from its summer break, having finished on the podium in the last three races and qualifying on pole in Brno and at Silverstone.

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Arbolino is fifteen points ahead of fellow Italian Niccolo Antonelli while Spaniard, Marcos Ramirez is next in the standings, four points behind Antonelli and ninteen points behind Arbolino having won at Silverstone last time out.

Behind fifth

A small group has formed from Arbolino in third to Ramirez in fifth with Briton John McPhee twenty one points behind Ramirez in sixth.

McPhee is part of another group of three riders who are separated by ten points with Celestino Vietti five points behind McPhee while Jaume Masia a further five behind Vietti.

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McPhee is the most in form of the three having finished seventh in Britain and third in Austria, Vietti has finished fourth and ninth in the last two races while Masia retired in Austria and finished eleventh in Britain.

Elsewhere

There are other interesting groups within the championship further down the standings, one such group consists of Romano Fenati, Jakub Kornfeil and Ai Ogura with one point separating the current leader of the trio, Fenati and the last member, Ogura.

Fenati retired from the previous round in Britain, but had been on a five points scoring run prior to that retirement. This run culminated in him winning the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Kornfeil’s own eight point scoring run ended at Silverstone, finishing just outside of the points. Lastly Ogura is on a current point scoring streak of six races which started at the Catalan Grand Prix.

The final group to note includes a group of eight riders from twelfth down to nineteenth who are separated by just ten points.

Ayumu Sasaki is the most in form rider of this group, having scored points in the previous four races, which includes a sixth place finish in the previous round and a pole position at the beginning of the streak, in Germany. All of which currently leaves him seventeenth in the championship.

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