Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) followed his thrilling victory in last weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix with a front-row qualifying performance at Misano today.
The 20-year-old led much of the 15-minute qualifier but was knocked off the top spot in the final moments by just 0.257 seconds. Nevertheless a front-row start is all Foggia needs to ensure he’s in the fight for victory in tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix, the 14th race of 18 in this year’s Moto3 World Championship.
Foggia completed a great day by announcing he will remain with Leopard Racing in 2022.
Also in the battle for pole position was local hero Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) – born just 5km/3 miles from the circuit – who led free practice after FP1, FP2 and FP3. In qualifying the 25-year-old was fourth fastest, only 0.079 seconds off the front row and 0.343 seconds off pole.
Migno will be joined on the second row of the grid by Xavier Artigas (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), the 19-year-old Spaniard enjoying his best qualifying since June’s Dutch TT and half a second off pole.
Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was the next best NSF250RW in 14th, the 23-year-old South African 0.996 seconds behind the pole sitter, underlining the incredibly close nature of Moto3.
Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) has had a great weekend so far, finding a good pace and a good feeling in this morning’s third practice session. Although he wasn’t able to convert that pace into a great qualifying position the 24-year-old Indonesian is still confident of a good ride tomorrow.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) had a difficult day, struggling with the pressure of riding at this right and tricky circuit, where lap times are so close. The 18-year-old from Setagaya’s main target for race day is to improve this focus.