Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) will start tomorrow’s San Marino Moto3 race from the third row of the grid after a thrilling Q2 qualifying session this afternoon, during which a few spots of rain fell, making conditions tricky, to say the least.
The 21-year-old Italian was seventh quickest at the end of the 15-minute outing, just two tenths of a second off pole position and 0.026 seconds off the second row and will share row three with 26-year-old countryman Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW), who was ninth.
Foggia currently stands third in the chase for the 2022 Moto3 World Championship and needs a strong result here to keep his title hopes alive. Last year he took a superb victory here at Misano on his way to second overall in the championship, so he will be out to repeat that performance in the 14th of this season’s 20 races.
However, it’s possible that Foggia and the rest of the grid will have to compete on a wet track tomorrow, with rain forecast for late morning, when the Moto3 race gets underway.
Another Italian, Riccardo Rossi (Sic 58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) had high hopes of taking pole position this afternoon, leading the way in the early stages of the Q2 session, until he slid off. The 20-year-old completed the outing in 14th, for a fifth-row start.
One row further back are Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), 16th fastest, and Lorenzo Fellon (Sic 58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW), 18th.
Grand Prix rookie Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) qualified 23rd quickest for his first race at Misano. The 19-year-old Indonesian is hampered by a shoulder injury and missed going through to Q2 by less than half a second.
Team-mate and fellow rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) qualified 27th. The 18-year-old from Kanoya slipped off early in the Q1 session, spoiling his chances of improving his position. Nevertheless he will keep pushing for a points-scoring result tomorrow.
Moto3 has one race left in Europe before heading eastward for the Asian/Australian sector of the championship, with the Japanese, Thai, Australian and Malaysian GPs. The season finishes in Valencia, Spain, on November 6.