Moto 3: Romano Fenati Takes Pole Position in Misano

Published on September 18, 2021
By Jack Hammersley

Romano Fenati takes his second pole in three races with an all Italian front-row

After his crash this morning Deniz Oncu will undergo medical checks in the morning to see if he can ride, but due to being unconscious for 30 minutes and not able to walk after two hours of being conscious it’s very unlikely he’ll be able to race tomorrow and will return at the Circuit of the Americas.

John McPhee was one of the favourites to go through into Q2 from Q1 however after setting his opening lap, the Scot lost the front at turn ten and was out of the qualifying session early on and was forced to sit out as he dropped to fifth position, meaning he will start from 19th on the grid. The riders to go through Q2 were Carlos Tatay, Matteo Bertelle Riccardo Rossi and Ryusei Yamanaka.

Q2 got under way and it was Andrea Migno who was the early pole setter with a 1:42.099 however that was didn’t last long as Leopard Racings Dennis Foggia went into pole position at the end of the opening runs. Team-mate Xavi Artigas was in thrid with Romano Fenati in fourth, Elia Bartolini in fifth and championship leader Pedro Acosta in sixth whilst Sergio Garcia was in last and yet to set a competitive lap time.

In the final runs for all the riders Nicolo Antonelli was on a fantastic lap but lost the rear coming out of the final corner and lost all the time he had on Foggia and went into second place and the grid looked set, however Fenati then went fastest through sector two and then sector three and then went into pole position.

Romano Fenati will start on pole, Dennis Foggia lines up alongside in second with Avintia VR46’s Nicolo Antonelli rounding out the front-row to make an all-Italian front-row. Andrea Migno made it four Italians in the top four. Jaume Masia will start in fifth with Xavi Artigas in sixth. Championship leader Pedro Acosta will start on the tail-end of the third row in ninth and his main championship rival Sergio Garcia starts in 11th position.

The race will take place at 11:00 (GMT+2) but the weather in unknown, it could be dry, but it could also be wet and the Moto 3 riders haven’t had any wet weather running so tomorrow could prove a pivotal race in the championship battle. Who will emerge victorious?


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