Foggia Takes Brilliant Second After Last-Corner Skirmish
Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) won a brilliant race-long battle for second place at Sachsenring today which reached a thrilling climax at the final corner.
Foggia was part of a five-man group for much of the race, with riders separated by just centimetres through the corners, so he didn’t have a single moment to relax during the 27 laps. At the last corner the 21-year-old Italian was relegated to third by rival Sergio Garcia but the Spanish teenager had ridden too fast into the corner, allowing Foggia to cut inside him and win the race to the chequered flag, by just 0.111 seconds!
Foggia’s great result was some compensation for his DNFs at the last two races and strengthens his third place in the title chase, keeping his championship hopes alive. Today was half-distance in the points battle, with ten of 20 races remaining.
Foggia’s team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) was part of the group disputing second place for much of the race, finally slipping back a few metres to fifth place, three seconds behind Foggia. This was the 24-year-old from Chiba’s fourth consecutive top-five result, following podiums at the last two races.
Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) battled hard for a top-ten finish, finally crossing the line in 11th, less than two tenths of a second behind the tenth finisher.
Rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was also disappointed by a few fractions of a second. The 16-year-ld from Kanoya rode a strong race in the mid-pack, battling hard in the group to move into 15th at one point, aiming for his first World Championship points.
Finally Furusato finished in 17th, a mere 0.279 seconds outside the points-scoring top 15. However, the youngster has good reason to be happy because he knows he is moving forward and his first points score cannot be far away.
Team-mate Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) rode a strong first lap, then the bike tried to highside him. He didn’t crash but the incident damaged his bike, so he rode into pit lane to allow his mechanics to work their magic and re-joined once the bike was fixed. The 18-year-old Indonesian rode on, to learn more and gather more data, but finished last, five laps behind the winner.
Moto3 action continues next week with the Dutch round of the 2022 Moto3 World Championship at Assen, which precedes a five-week mid-season break