2019 Qatar Moto3 Test Combined Times: Fenati Fastest As Hondas Rule The Roost

Romano Fenati heads into the first round of the 2019 Moto3 championship with some confidence, after an outstanding last test at Qatar. Fenati was fastest in six of the nine session, his Snipers Team teammate Tony Arbolino leading in another, and finishing as second overall. Aron Canet was the fastest KTM rider, the Sterilgarda Max rider ending a third of a second slower than Fenati.

Overall, the Hondas controlled the Moto3 class at Qatar, taking seven of the top eight places, Canet the only interloper. The completely redesigned Honda NSF250RW has a little more power, but more importantly, stronger acceleration, and that has paid off for the Japanese factory. KTM have their work cut out trying to catch the Honda through the 2019 season.

Combined times over all three days

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 55 Romano Fenati Honda 2:05.285    
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 2:05.515 0.230 0.230
3 44 Aron Canet KTM 2:05.653 0.368 0.138
4 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda 2:05.771 0.486 0.118
5 23 Niccolo Antonelli Honda 2:05.792 0.507 0.021
6 17 John McPhee Honda 2:05.899 0.614 0.107
7 42 Marcos Ramirez Honda 2:06.030 0.745 0.131
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:06.090 0.805 0.060
9 7 Dennis Foggia KTM 2:06.199 0.914 0.109
10 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 2:06.200 0.915 0.001
11 27 Kaito Toba Honda 2:06.206 0.921 0.006
12 21 Alonso Lopez Honda 2:06.243 0.958 0.037
13 22 Kazuki Masaki KTM 2:06.246 0.961 0.003
14 75 Albert Arenas KTM 2:06.312 1.027 0.066
15 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2:06.341 1.056 0.029
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 2:06.503 1.218 0.162
17 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 2:06.558 1.273 0.055
18 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 2:06.590 1.305 0.032
19 79 Ai Ogura Honda 2:06.671 1.386 0.081
20 19 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2:06.736 1.451 0.065
21 77 Vicente Perez KTM 2:06.787 1.502 0.051
22 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 2:06.975 1.690 0.188
23 61 Can Oncu KTM 2:06.984 1.699 0.009
24 12 Filip Salac KTM 2:07.217 1.932 0.233
25 76 Makar Yurchenko KTM 2:07.227 1.942 0.010
26 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2:07.427 2.142 0.200
27 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2:07.992 2.707 0.565
28 69 Tom Booth-Amos KTM 2:08.084 2.799 0.092
Records:
Pole Lap: 2018 Niccolo Antonelli 2:06.364 149.9 Km/h
Fastest Lap: 2018 Aron Canet 2:06.373 149.1 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2014 Alexis Masbou 2:05.862 149.1 Km/h
Best Lap: 2018 Jorge Martin 2:05.590 150.2 Km/h
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Comments

I still believe Fenati should be banned from FIM racing for life. Being a rider isn't a right, and he's proven he doesn't deserve it.

Also, seems that KTM is struggling now in all three classes. Stretching themselves a bit thin? No other MotoGP team is doing Moto2 chassis work, afaik, and only Honda also does Moto3.

I'm curious if the 250 and 450 motocross effort here in America has any effect on budget for the road racing side of the factory? David do you have any insight perhaps? 

I am not sure, but I think that the AMA program is financed by KTM US, so it doesn't affect KTM's other racing programs. It's much more likely that the increased effort in MotoGP is having an effect.