Moto3 2022
Round 18

Foggia Finishes Ninth, Loses His Title Chances

au Phillip Island

Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) had the chance to keep his Moto3 World Championship hopes alive at Phillip Island today but the race didn’t go his way, allowing Spanish teenager Izan Guevara to secure the title with a hard-fought race win.

Foggia Finishes Ninth, Loses His Title Chances

Foggia had a tough Friday and Saturday, qualifying on the fourth row of the grid. The 21-year-old Italian had a much better race, fighting his way through from 15th on the first lap to finish ninth, just ahead of 20-year-old Italian Riccardo Rossi (Sic 58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW). 

There were several crashes during the closing stages of the race, which started with the track still damp in places, following earlier rain. Foggia’s team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) fell on lap 19 of 23, while 18-year-old Indonesian
rookie Mario Suryo Aji (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) went down on the penultimate lap. 

There was also disappointment for Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) who started from a best-ever tenth on the grid, the impressive 17-year-old from Kanoya confirming his upward trajectory and aiming for his first top-ten race result. However, Furusato was out of luck in the race, when another rider crashed in front of him on the second lap, the rival’s fallen bike taking him out. 

Furusato won’t have to wait to long to have another go at achieving his best-ever result. He now travels to Sepang, for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the penultimate event of the 20-race 2022 season. The last race takes place at Valencia, Spain, on 6th November.

Taiyo Furusato
Taiyo Furusato 72
Honda Team Asia
I usually lose many positions on the first lap. But this time I made a good start and followed the front group without problems. [Daniel] Holgado crashed in front of me on the second lap and his bike clashed with my bike. I lost control and crashed too. Today I think I had a clear option to score points. Maybe in Sepang. 

Mario Suryo Aji
Mario Suryo Aji 64
Honda Team Asia
I struggled from the beginning of the race. The grid position affected me a lot. But I made a good start, overtaking many riders in the first laps. That is the positive of this race, the good fights with many guys, despite the disadvantage on the long straight. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the race. I made a mistake in Turn 10 and I crashed. Now I’m just thinking about Malaysia. 

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