Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) took a vital second place – his consecutive fifth podium – to put himself firmly back in the fight for the 2021 Moto3 World Championship after a dramatic encounter at the Circuit of the Americas that had the race red flagged twice.
The first red flag came at the close of the seventh lap after Filip Salac crashed at Turn 11. The restarted race was held over five laps, but a frightening crash two laps into the restart that brought down Jeremy Alcoba (Indonesian Racing Team Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) and points leader Pedro Acosta brought out the red flags out again. All three were relatively unhurt in the high-speed incident, a huge testament to the quality of modern motorcycle riding gear.
The final result was taken from the end of lap seven of the first race, before the first red flag was shown. At that stage Foggia had battled his way through to second after an all-action start to the race.
Acosta claimed eighth place, so Foggia’s ninth podium finish of the year has reduced the points gap to 30 points. With trips to Misano and the Algarve International Circuit still to come – two of his favourite tracks – Foggia is confident of overhauling his adversary.
John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was back to his best, fighting through from tenth on the grid to score a brilliant third place, making it two Honda riders on the podium.
Alcoba took sixth place, an impressive return to form after a hand injury sustained in the Aragon GP had limited his performance last time out at Misano. Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) was seventh, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) in ninth, with Migno tenth.
Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) made solid gains through the weekend at a new track, improving his personal best time at the Circuit of the Americas by 0.6 seconds from Saturday to Sunday. The 23-year-old Indonesian finished the race in 24th.
This was also a first visit to COTA for team-mate Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW), who finished in 25th position. The 18-year-old from Setagaya struggled to find the fast way around the complex track but was happy to have improved his pace today.
The Moto3 grid now returns to Europe for the final three races of the year: the Emilia-Romagna, Algarve and Valencia GPs.