Moto3 2021
Round 16

Foggia Takes Aim At Moto3 Title

sm Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

The battle for the 2021 Moto3 World Championship will reach a crescendo over the final three races as Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) continues his remarkable pursuit of championship leader Pedro Acosta.

Foggia Takes Aim At Moto3 Title

At the same time Honda is now very much in the hunt for a fifth consecutive Moto3 Constructors World Championship 

Foggia has been in stunning form in recent weeks, scoring five podiums from the last five races, including two victories, in MotoGP’s closest, most unpredictable category. Following August’s Styrian GP the 20-year-old Italian was 97 points behind Alcoba, now he stands just 30 points off the championship lead. 

It’s been an amazing turnaround as Foggia gets to grips with his NSF250RW, extracting the maximum from his machine every weekend. And the omens are good for this Sunday, because only five weeks ago Foggia won the San Marino round at Misano. 

Honda’s next best-placed rider in the title chase is Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW), who stands sixth overall. And the 23-year-old South African is only 15 points behind fourth place, so he has a good chance of a top-four championship finish. 

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) also has high hopes of a good result on Sunday, because he finished an excellent third last time out at Misano. The 25-year-old Italian currently holds tenth overall in the championship chase. 

Team-mates Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) and Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) will both be working hard to get back into the points weekend following a challenging series of races. The 18-year-old from Setagaya and the 23-year-old Indonesian last scored points at Red Bull Ring in August, so they are regrouping and doing everything they can do regain that level of performance. 

This is a big weekend for 17-year-old Indonesian Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) who makes his World Championship debut alongside Kunii and Izdihar. Aji currently competes in the Moto3 Junior World Championship, the gateway to Grand Prix racing, with Astra Honda Racing Team. He recently impressed in this super-competitive series by securing his first pole position, highlighting his burgeoning talent.

Following Sunday’s racing the Moto3 grid returns to action for the year’s final back-to-back races, the Portuguese and Valencia GPs on 4 and 7 November.

Dennis Foggia
Dennis Foggia 7
Leopard Racing
We have a lot of momentum from the last races and we aim to continue in this way at Misano, where it will be great to race in front of the home fans again. Our goal will be the same as always – to fight for the win or at least a podium on Sunday after working to get the best out of my Honda on Friday and Saturday. 

Yuki Kunii
Yuki Kunii 92
Honda Team Asia
I struggled in the crazy last race in America, but I also felt some confidence in the bike, so this weekend at Misano 2 we will start from where we left off at Misano 1 and go from there. We will work hard to reach our target, by being fast as soon as possible and fighting for the best result. 

Andi Farid Izdihar
Andi Farid Izdihar 19
Honda Team Asia
I am looking forward to the second race at Misano because we got a lot of data and information from the last time we raced there last month. The plan for this weekend is to improve many things in general, pushing hard from the beginning, so I can understand the bike better, and then try my best on Sunday. 

Mario Suryo Aji
Mario Suryo Aji 64
Honda Team Asia
For sure I am really looking forward this opportunity to race in the World Championship. The way they work is totally different from the Junior World Championship, but I have a great team to help me. We will work together to get the best result. It’s important that I enjoy the weekend as much as I can and also that we learn things that can help me in the future. 

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