Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) scored his second consecutive victory with a superb ride at Misano today, which moved him into second place in the 2021 Moto3 World Championship, with a real chance of attacking the points leader in the four remaining races.
Foggia moved into first place when the leader crashed out and for the rest of the race the 20-year-old Italian resisted immense pressure from the pursuing lead pack, which included fellow Italian Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), who finished a close third for his first podium since April’s Portuguese GP.
The fine handling of Honda’s NSF250RW was particularly important in this race, because Misano is so tight and twisty. At the finish Migno was just 0.817 seconds behind Foggia.
Foggia’s fourth victory of 2021 – following earlier successes at the Italian GP, the Dutch TT and last Sunday’s Aragon GP – puts him 42 points behind series leader Pedro Acosta, who could only manage seventh today.
Foggia has built amazing momentum during recent months and certainly has the mental strength and confidence to maintain the pressure on Acosta.
While Foggia had a clear track ahead of him for much of the race Migno had to fight for position at every corner, swapping places frequently. The 25-year-old Italian was promoted to second when Foggia took the lead, but finally lost the position two laps from the end. Nevertheless, like Foggia, he was delighted with his home-race podium.
Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) rode a typically spirited race, especially the first five laps, when he carved his way through from 14th on the grid to sixth place, battling with the group chasing the leader.
However, the 23-year-old South African finally ran out of grip and had to ease his pace and focus on holding onto sixth position, his best result since August’s Styrian GP, which he also finished in sixth.
Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) didn’t have an easy race because he felt like his bike didn’t work the same way as it had in practice. The 23-year-old Indonesian was therefore unable to do better than 24th.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) did not take part in today’s race following an incident in yesterday’s FP3 session. The 18-year-old from Setagaya was involved in a collision with another rider, for which the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) Stewards imposed a sanction of race disqualification.
Honda Team Asia appealed the decision, using data to back up its appeal, but was denied, so Kunii was not allowed to start. He will be back in action – along with the rest of the Moto3 grid – for the Grand Prix of the Americas on 3rd October.