Jaume Masia Takes His Second Race Win Of The Season, After A Last Lap Move On Ayumu Sasaki.
Leopard Racing dominated the Shark Grand Prix De France proceedings from the start of the weekend, with Dennis Foggia topping Fridays Free Practice sessions. Qualifying saw the Leopard team have a one-two on the front row of the grid with Foggia getting first his pole position of the season so far and his team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki lining-up in second place.
Diogo Moreira lead the pack around the first few corners, rain was reported to be falling in parts of the circuit. Seven riders all crashed out on the first lap, Sergio Garcia, Izan Guevara and Ayumu Sasaki were riders who crashed out! With two laps completed the Red Flag came out due to the rain.
The race was re-started and was declared a 14 lap race. Foggia got a strong start into turn one, Moreira took the lead into turn three, Masia was in third place. Foggia breezed passed Moreira on the start finish straight, Suzuki made an aggressive pass to claim second place.
Moreira got pushed back down the order to tenth place after having a strong start to the race. With 12 laps to go there was a seven way freight train for the lead from Foggia to Sasaki in seventh place. Jaume Masia took the lead from Foggia with 11 laps to go. Britiain’s Scott Ogden highsided out of turn six.
The front group now consisted of 14 riders, Carlos Tatay made a harsh move on Migno for sixth place. Moreira got a long lap penalty for cutting the chicane at turn three and four.
With eight laps to go the front group now consisted of five riders from Masia to Suzuki. Garcia made it in to second place, Deniz Oncu was riding on the limit in fifth place desperate to pass Sasaki. Foggia made the pass and made it stick for second place, Suzuki followed his team-mate and got in to third place.
John McPhee was having a good ride on his come back, the British rider was in tenth place. Foggia took the lead with four laps to go, Sasaki was in second place. Xavier Artigas crashed out at turn seven with just three laps to go.
On the final lap Masia took the lead from Foggia, Sasaki then took second place from Foggia. Sasaki took the lead out of the Blue S’s but left the door open at the penultimate corner, allowing Masia to retake the lead. Foggia was also pushed back to fourth place by Guevara! At the checkered flag Masia took his second win of the season, Sasaki finished in second place, Guevara took the last podium spot, Foggia had to settle for fourth, with his team-mate Suzuki in fifth.
Garcia leads the Moto3 championship on 112 points, Masia has now over taken Foggia in the championship standings, with both riders on 95 points, Guevara is in fourth place on 89 points.
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