It’s the final round of the 2019 season and although the riders’ championship was decided back in Australia, there are still a few things to be resolved in the championship this weekend.
The most interesting battle going into the Moto3 race weekend is who will finish the season in third with Tony Arbolino currently occupying the position, but he is only one point ahead of Marcos Ramirez who is having a strong end to the season.Embed from Getty Images
The fight for third could potentially become a three way fight for second as Arbolino is only fifteen points behind Aron Canet, while Ramirez is only sixteen points behind his compatriot. Anything can happen in motorsport and it is therefore not outside the realms of possibility that Canet retires and Ramirez or Arbolino finish third or higher.
Another close battle to be resolved this weekend is who will finish sixth with Niccolo Antonelli currently ahead of Celestino Vietti by one point. Antonelli hasn’t been helped by suffering an injury late in the season, which has meant he has dropped down the championship over the last five races. Vietti meanwhile has finished inside the top six in three of the last four races, including his third place podium finish in Japan.
Jaume Masia is six points behind Vietti and seven behind Antonelli and could therefore feature in the sixth place battle. He enters the weekend off the back of his fourth podium finish of the season after finishing third in Malaysia.Embed from Getty Images
Ten points behind Masia is Tatsuki Suzuki who has finished inside the top six in five of the last seven races, with the other two being retirements. His most recent retirement came at the race prior to Valencia.
Perhaps of more concern to Suzuki will be Albert Arenas and Ai Ogura. Arenas has finished inside the points in the last five races, which includes a three race consecutive podium run. Meanwhile, Ogura has finished inside the points in the last three races, finishing fourth in Malaysia.
Six points behind Ogura going into the Moto3 finale is Dennis Foggia, who has only finished inside the points in one of the three races prior to this weekend, but is well within touching distance of Ogura should the Japanese rider retire and Foggia is able to achieve a top five finish, which he last accomplished in Thailand.
Another group of riders covered by six points are Jakub Kornfeil, Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez. Fenati is perhaps the most inform having finished inside the points in the previous two races, while Kornfeil’s last points finish came in Australia and Lopez’s last top fifteen finish also came in Australia.
Lastly, a thought for Can Oncu who returns to the venue of his Moto3 wildcard debut where he sensationally won the race in wet conditions. His first full season in Moto3 however has been a lot more difficult as the Turkish rider has only been able to finish inside the points in two of the fifteen races he has contested, giving him a return of just four points.