2019 Moto3 Thailand Grand Prix Preview

Moto3 returns to action this weekend for the fifteenth round of the 2019 season.

Top two

The gap between championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta and second placed Aron Canet is two points heading into the race weekend after Canet won in Aragon while Dalla Porta struggled to eleventh.

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Canet’s win was a perfect response after a frustrating San Marino Grand Prix in which he ultimately had to retire, his only retirement of the season so far.

Dalla Porta had prior to Aragon outscored Canet in Austria, Britain and Misano but struggled in Aragon. Who will come out on top in Thailand will be the main focus of the weekend as the end of the season edges ever closer.

Rest of the top five

Twenty seven points behind Canet is third placed Tony Arbolino who after finishing on the podium in four of the last five races has lost some ground to the top two after finishing tenth in Aragon.

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He however has a comfortable points advantage of twenty nine points over current fourth placed John McPhee.

McPhee however has also been on a good run of results having finished inside the top five in three of the last four races, this includes two podium finishes, in Austria and Misano.

Marcos Ramirez, currently fifth in the standings, is only three points behind McPhee heading into the race weekend having finished inside the top ten in three of the four races prior to Thailand which includes winning the British Grand Prix.

Seventh to eleventh

There is an interesting group of five riders covered by fifteen points from Jaume Masia in seventh down to eleventh placed Dennis Foggia.

The group includes two Moto3 rookies in Celestino Vietti and Ai Ogura who are six and ten points behind Masia respectively. Vietti has struggled in recent races, finishing fourteenth last time out in Aragon, while Ogura heads to Thailand off the back of claiming his best Moto3 finish, second place.

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Tatsuki Suzuki is the penultimate member of this group of five, he is eleven points behind Masia and four behind compatriot, Ogura. Suzuki has finished inside the top six in the last three races, which includes his maiden Moto3 victory which he achieved at Misano.

The final member of the group, and the most in form, is Dennis Foggia who is on a five race points scoring run having claimed his best finish of the season to date, third place, in the previous round in Aragon.

Twelfth to fourteenth

Czech rider, Jakub Kornfeil, is nine points behind Foggia having finished inside the points in four of the last five races. His results however haven’t been as good as Foggia’s with Kornfeil achieving a best result of eighth in Austria in the last five races.

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Kornfeil has finished in the lower end of the points in the two races prior to Thailand and is only five points ahead of Romano Fenati, although Fenati hasn’t raced since the British Grand Prix after injuring himself during the San Marino Grand Prix weekend.

Also five points behind Kornfeil is Gabriel Rodrigo who has finished inside the top ten in the last two races, closing the gap on Fenati and Kornfeil in the championship.

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There will undoubtedly be another turn in the title fight this weekend, but there are plenty of riders to keep an eye out for during this weekend’s Moto3 Thailand Grand Prix.

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