Foggia Unbeatable In Thai Domination
Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) produced a masterclass of controlled riding to ease to his fourth Moto3 victory of 2022 and maintain his slim hopes of winning the Moto3 World Championship in the only dry race of the day.
The Chang International Circuit features two long straights, so the theory went that the slipstream effect would make it difficult for anyone to break clear of the pack. Foggia and his NSF250RW quickly made a mockery of that theory! From the third pole position of his career he grabbed the initiative in the early stages, finally crossing the line 1.524 seconds ahead of his closest rival.
Foggia’s tenth Moto3 win makes him the third most successful Moto3 winner, equal with Alex Rins. Only Romano Fenati (13 wins) and Joan Mir (11) have won more races in the category, which was introduced in 2012.
Foggia still has a shot at clinching the title. Championship leader Izan Guevara finished fifth today, putting them 49 points apart with three races to go and 75 points still in play.
The 21-year-old Italian was joined on the podium by 20-year-old countryman Riccardo Rossi (SIC 58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) who contested the podium positions, pushing runner-up Ayumu Sasaki until the very end, when he attempted a brave overtake at the final turn, only to run wide. Nevertheless, third place was Rossi’s first podium appearance of the year and the second of his career.
Grand Prix rookie Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) showed plenty of promise today but couldn’t better 21st place. The 18-year-old Indonesian was in contention for 18th place throughout, missing out on the position by three tenths of a second.
There was disappointment for talented rookie Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW). The 17-year-old from Kanoya was on course to score points for the second race in succession after achieving his best-ever grid position yesterday. But he was caught up in a messy first lap crash when he was hit by another bike, which damaged his own machine. He pitted for repairs and valiantly finished the race in 25th, albeit three laps down.
After an intense period of three races in as many weekends, Moto3 teams and riders have a free weekend before back-to-back races at the Australian and Malaysian GPs on 16th and 23rd October.