Italian youngster Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) goes into the final two races of the 2021 Moto3 World Championship with a real chance of taking the title.
Since August the 20-year-old had ridden a remarkable series of races to close down championship leader Pedro Acosta. Following August’s Styrian GP, Foggia was 97 points behind Alcoba. Now he stands just 21 points down, thanks to three wins, one second place and two third places from the last six races.
Two weeks ago at Misano he charged through from 14th on the grid to take victory, his fifth of the season.
This Sunday’s Algarve GP is MotoGP’s second visit to the Algarve International Circuit (often called Portimao), following April’s Portuguese GP. That race was a typical Moto3 battle, with the top seven riders taking the chequered flag within eight tenths of a second and Foggia finishing second, only 0.051 seconds behind Acosta. This suggests another thrilling confrontation on Sunday.
Honda’s other two riders in the championship top ten are Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW).
Binder finished a close fourth last time out at Misano for the Emilia-Romagna GP and has great hopes of bettering that and returning to the podium this weekend.
Migno, who has scored two podiums so far this year, has the same target: the top three.
Yuki Kunii (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) goes into the penultimate race of the year hoping to improve after a series of challenging rounds. The 18-year-old from Setagaya has the speed – he finished eighth at Red Bull Ring in August and has scored points at three other races – but he needs to work to apply his speed more consistently.
Team-mate Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) aims to continue the good work he did at Misano, where he finished inside the points for the fourth time this year, 24-year-old Indonesian’s rookie season in the Moto3 World Championship.
Izdihar’s countryman Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) made his World Championship debut at Misano and is back for a second Grand Prix this weekend. Once again the 17-year-old’s aim will be to learn as much as possible. Aji is currently a full-time member of the Moto3 Junior World Championship, with Astra Honda Racing Team.
The 2021 Moto3 World Championship concludes on the following Sunday, 14th November, at Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, Spain.
*Mario Aji will miss the AlgarveGP due to a broken femur sustained in training on Tuesday.