Last time the Moto3 pack went racing – six weekends ago at the Dutch TT – the race winner was Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW).
This afternoon the 20-year-old Italian qualified sixth for tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix, less than two tenths off pole position, so he can be confident of once again joining the lead group battling for victory.
Foggia’s second win of the year moved him to third overall in the world championship, so he will be keen to maintain his excellent momentum and keep building his title challenge.
Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Jeremy Alcoba (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) will start the tenth race of 2021 from row three, one behind Foggia, after qualifying eighth and ninth.
Both the 23-year-old South African and 19-year-old Spaniard were only two tenths of a second off pole position, once again shining a light on the remarkably close competition in Moto3.
In fact Alcoba ended the session in fourth place, but his fastest lap was later canceled because he had exceeded track limits.
Gabriel Rodrigo (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) will lead the fourth row from tenth, the 24-year-old Argentine rider a mere four thousandths of a second slower than Alcoba.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) were looking good in the early stages of the Q1 session, running second and third, good enough for promotion to Q2.
However, neither was able to maintain their positions, so the 18-year-old from Setagaya and the 23-year-old Indonesian will start tomorrow’s race from 22nd and 28th on the grid. Nonetheless both rode impressive lap times, especially Kunii, whose best was only four tenths of a second slower than pole position!
The 2021 Moto3 World Championship continues next weekend with another race at Red Bull Ring, the Austrian GP.