Moto3 Emilia Romagna Race: Dennis Foggia wins in Misano to cut down title lead
Dennis Foggia pulled off a spectacular win in Misano to cut down the title lead to 21 points.
Dennis Foggia once again pulled off another victory this year to continue his 100% podium or zero points record, the cards were laid down against him after starting from P14 on the grid after struggling throughout the wet sessions during the weekend but he didn’t let this get the best of him and pulled out a champions ride today to pick off the entire field including title rival Pedro Acosta to win the race!
The race began safely with no riders crashing and both BOE Skull riders making their way into the top four following the leader Niccolo Antonelli lap after lap as the Italian rider threw down the gauntlet after starting from pole position. Antonelli had one problem though, Izan Guevara, the COTA race winner was on fire today battling consistently for the race victory lap after lap slicing and dicing his way around against Niccolo Antonelli and Jaume Masia who joined the party later on into the race.
We didn’t see much of a huge scrap in Moto3 as we’d normally expect, instead just an aggressive Guevara with Antonelli desperately trying to hang on to the race lead for dear life, eventually he would be bested and was overtaken by both Masia and Guevara before dropping down the order to P7 in one lap.
Pedro Acosta found himself in the lead mid-race but with Foggia sat in P6 it wasn’t enough to be crowned the champion, Acosta wasn’t able to hold the lead for long eventually losing the place to his competitors who could taste victory, being demoted down to fifth place behind Foggia.
Dennis Foggia was on his way up lap by lap, he started in P14 and lap after lap he was gaining positions, eventually making his way up to P10 with 1.6 seconds to the rider ahead, a challenge for many, a simple task for Foggia who recovered the gap in just two laps and started to make his way through the front group ticking riders off his list including Pedro Acosta, the pair duelling it out with Acosta desperately trying not to concede any further positons to the rapid Italian. Foggia was too strong and very easily made his way past the title leader to attack the front runners.
It was like he was playing on easy mode, Foggia continued to blast his way past his opposition picking off Jaume Masia and Darryn Binder to lead the race, from here the race would evolve into a two-horse race with Masia and Foggia the only riders who could take victory in San Marino. Masia did his all putting in some strong pace and laps together but it wasn’t enough to swipe five points from Foggia to aid his teammate Pedro Acosta in the title fight coming home in a strong second place behind Foggia.
For Pedro Acosta a stroke of luck came his way, Darryn Binder struggled to stay with the leaders with the lack of slipstream and he fell back into the clutches of Acosta and Nepa, eventually being bested by Acosta who took a very well deserved podium finish, Binder finishing in fourth place.
Stefano Nepa proved his worth today battling his way with the front runners coming home in fifth place, a really promising ride for the young Italian who is proving he has what it takes to battle at the front, finishing just behind in sixth was poleman Niccolo Antonelli who unfortunately was unable to convert his pole position into a victory today, despite this P6 is a strong result ahead of Romano Fenati who made up some strong places.
Rounding out the top 10 was Filip Salac just behind Ayumu Sasaki and Xavier Artigas, Salac also started on the front row but was unable to convert this into silverware, no doubt he will be incredibly disappointed with this result, he led his teammate in P11. Izan Guevara produced a stunning comeback, he was battling for the win before sliding out of the race, remounting and coming back in a superb P12, really impressive.
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