Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) rode an excellent qualifying session at Sachsenring this afternoon to put himself on the front row for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, half-distance in the 2022 Moto3 World Championship.
The 21-year-old Italian ended the Q2 outing just 0.295 seconds off pole position, giving him a real chance of taking his first victory since round two in Indonesia.
And Foggia really needs a good result here after luckless outings at the Italian and Catalan GPs, dropping out of both races while in the lead. At Mugello last month he was ahead when he slid off and two weeks ago at Barcelona-Catalunya his machine’s final-drive chain came off the sprocket while he was out front.
His team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) was also in the battle for a front-row start and ran second-quickest in the early stages of the 15-minute session. The 24-year-old from Chiba ended up fifth, less than half a second off today’s best lap time, which puts him in the middle of the second row, with a real chance of going with the leaders in tomorrow’s race.
Impressive rookie Scott Ogden (VisionTrack Racing Team Honda NSF250RW) had another great day, preparing for his first Grand Prix at Sachsenring. The 18-year-old Briton was a superb fourth fastest in this morning’s FP3 session and completed qualifying tenth fastest, so he will start his tenth GP race from the top of the fourth row of the grid.
Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) will join Ogden on row four, after qualifying 12th.
Grand Prix rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) came very close to promoting himself from Q1 to Q2 this afternoon, but his best lap time was cancelled and his next best left him just a tenth of a second short. The 16-year-old from Kanoya was at least happy that he had shown some great speed in the very hot and gruelling conditions.
Fellow GP rookie Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) was giving it all in Q1 when another rider fell in front of him, causing the 18-year-old Indonesian to slide off moments later. That crash ended his session and therefore Aji will start the race from 29th on the grid.
After tomorrow’s racing the Moto3 paddock heads north-west for the Dutch MotoGP round, which proceeds a much needed five-week mid-season break.