Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) enjoyed a race-long battle for a podium finish in this morning’s Moto3 race at chilly Silverstone.
The 20-year-old Italian couldn’t relax for a single moment during the 17 laps as he fought off numerous challengers, finally breaking clear of most of them to chase after a second-place finish. He took the chequered flag in third place, less than half a second behind the runner-up.
Foggia’s pace was super-impressive throughout, especially in the closing stages when his choice of a harder-compound rear tyre paid dividends. The result was his fifth podium from the last seven races, which keeps him very much in the contest for a top-three finish in the 2021 Moto3 World Championship.
Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) was Honda’s next best finisher in fifth place, his best result so far this season, which has been particularly challenging for the 23-year-old from Chiba.
Like Foggia, Suzuki had to battle all the way, swapping places back and forth with the rest of his group. He ended the race at the front of the three riders he was racing against, with Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) finishing two places and just 0.084 seconds behind the Japanese.
Binder’s team-mate John Mcphee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) had an even bigger fight on his hands, racing with eight other riders for tenth place, finally taking 12th, less than 1.5 seconds outside the top ten.
This was a first visit to Silverstone for Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who has spent the last three days working to get to grips with MotoGP’s longest circuit, which is also one its most complicated.
For all these reasons the 18-year-old from Setagaya didn’t have the easiest of Sundays. He completed the race in 24th place, following a long-lap penalty. However, he has learned plenty since Friday morning.
Team-mate Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) hasn’t been at Silverstone this weekend, due to COVID-19-related visa complications.
The Moto3 grid now heads south, back to the European mainland, for the Aragon and San Marino Grands Prix on 12th and 19th September.