Moto3 2022
Round 1

Migno And New Honda NSF250RW Beat All-Comers In Qatar

qa Lusail International Circuit

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) gave Honda’s 2022 NSF250RW a winning debut at Losail this afternoon, winning a thrilling season-opener by just 0.037 seconds.

Migno And New Honda NSF250RW Beat All-Comers In Qatar

The race was a typical Moto3 contest, with a big leading group, the top nine taking the chequered flag by less than three seconds.

Migno was impressive from start to finish, taking the lead on lap 12 of 18 and resisting all attempts to take victory from him. His NSF250RW handled superbly through Losail’s sweeping turns and most significantly had incredible performance on Losail’s long main straight, where he was able to stay in front of the pack, even when riders on rival machines were in his slipstream.

Migno raced a Honda NSF250RW for the first time last year, when he joined the Rivacold Snipers Team. They scored two podiums together and with a full season behind them are now ready to perform regularly at the front. This was Migno’s first victory since 2017 and he now leads the Moto3 World Championship for the first time.

In fact Migno should have had a more complicated contest for victory today, because the fastest rider in the race – Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) – had to overcome two penalties from yesterday’s qualifying session, which required him to start from the back of the grid and take two long-lap penalties.

Foggia rode a superb race as he fought back from the penalties, not once but thrice. In so doing the 21-year-old Italian rode the fastest lap of the race. By the chequered flag he had worked himself up to seventh, just 1.951 seconds behind Migno at the finish.

Last year Foggia won five races and finished the season a close runner-up, so he has plenty of time to get back to the front of the championship during the 20 races that remain.

Foggia’s new team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) also had to start the from the back row and take a long-lap penalty for similar indiscretions during qualifying. The 24-year-old from Chiba was charging towards the front when he crashed out unhurt on lap four.

Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a promising Grand Prix debut, completing his very first World Championship race in 19th place. Two weeks today the 17-year-old Indonesian rider has the privilege of riding in his home race at the brand-new Mandalika circuit, the first Indonesian GP in a quarter of a century.

Aji’s team-mate Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) didn’t ride this weekend, because he’s recovering from a broken right talus bone, sustained during pre-season testing.

Andrea Migno
Andrea Migno 16
Rivacold Snipers Team
Incredible – I’m really, really, really happy! I tried my best during all the race. [Ayumu] Sasaki was really fast and I didn’t have any more, so the only thing I could do was to keep fighting for second and see what happened. Then I saw Sasaki had a problem, so I said, let’s keep pushing. I’m really happy because we did a great job. I have to say thanks so much to my team because they did such a great job all weekend and also to VR46 who help me so much. Thanks also to my family, my friends and my fans. I’m really, really happy – I cannot describe the sensation!

Dennis Foggia
Dennis Foggia 7
Leopard Racing
Things have been difficult after the sanction, but we've managed to do a huge comeback. Of course we wanted to win, but a 7th position after all the issues is a good result. We'll try again at the second race!

Mario Suryo Aji
Mario Suryo Aji 64
Honda Team Asia
I'm happy to finish this tuff race. I'm getting some positive feedback from the team. This first race was important for me because I needed to gain more experience. I achieved my target that which was to cross the finish line. I'm quite optimistic that it is possible to take steps in every race from this race. The team is helping me, and I will push as much as possible. We need to work more, but overall, I enjoyed this weekend. Now is time to thank the support I received and to think in Mandalika.

* Daniel HOLGADO: 1 position penalty due to exceeding track limit on the last lap

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