Moto3: Andrea Migno Wins The First Moto 3 Race Of 2022 At Qatar.
Andrea Migno Takes His Second Racing career Win At Qatar With The Snipers Team.
The much awaited start to the 2022 season has arrived with round one of the Moto 3 Championship at the Lusail International Circuit.
Izan Guevara took Pole Position yesterday but later was demoted due to reckless riding, he started the race in P27 with a long lap penalty. Both Leopard Racing rider’s Dennis Foggia and Tatsuki Suzuki also had to start the race from the back row with a long lap penalty for both riders also due to reckless riding during Qualifying; Foggia had another long lap penalty for weaving dangerously.
Ayumu Sasaki started the race on pole position alongside Jaume Masia and Andrea Migno. Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Sasaki had a lightening start and the Japanese rider pulled a three quarter of a second gap from the rest of the field.
Foggia was pushing through the field with his all-new team-mate Suzuki, both riders took their long lap penalties on laps three and lap four.
Visiontrack Racing’s rookies Scott Ogden and Josh Whatley had a promising start until unfortunately Scott crash out on lap seven.
The front runners group consisted of Sasaki who had a three second gap lead from Kaito Toba, who was leading a ten rider group, Foggia was the fastest rider on track, whilst he was down in 16th position. Third place was being held by Migno who had Deniz Oncu and Masia hot on his heels.
Lap nine saw last year’s Qatar Moto 3 winner Masia go down at Turn 13 after Toba forced him wide onto the kerb, which unsettled his Red Bull KTM Ajo machinery and he lost the front.
On lap 11 Sasaki had a near highside at Turn six, from that moment his race was over, his fairing came loose and he dropped back positions until he reluctantly had to retire to the pits. Migno took the lead from Oncu. John McPhee spent most of the race in fifth place, he just didn’t have the pace to make the pass to get a higher finishing position.
Sergio Garcia had a long lap penalty for causing Carlos Tatay to crash at Turn six on the opening lap, but he was able to get back in the mix at the front end with Oncu, Toba and Migno. Meanwhile Foggia and Guevara had made their way into the top ten. Both riders were struggling to get past Xavier Artigas and Ryusei Yamanaka.
McPhee lost touch with the leading four riders, Oncu and Toba were battling for third place, which resulted in them losing touch with Garcia and Migno, leaving the pair to fight it out to the line for the first race win of the 2022 season.
Migno held off the Spanish rider to take his first win since Mugello 2017, with the VR46 Academy Riders waiting for him at Parc Ferme. Toba won the battle for third place, with Oncu having to settle for fourth place. Foggia finished in seventh place just in front Guevara.
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