Moto3: Dennis Foggia Wins At The San Marino Grand Prix.
Dennis Foggia Takes His Third Consecutive Victory At The Misano Circuit.
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü took the pole position at the San Marino Grand Prix, this was the Turkish rider’s third pole position of the 2022 season. Joining Deniz on the front row of the grid for the Moto3 race was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Daniel Holgado and MT Helmets – MSI’s Diogo Moreira. It was perfect conditions at the Misano circuit.
Deniz Öncü got the holeshot into turn one, the Turkish rider got the perfect start. Ayumu Sasaki went down on the first lap at turn four, he looked to have been taken out by another rider. Dennis Foggia made a good start getting into fifth place.
Izan Guevara took the lead after two laps, David Munoz put the fastest lap of the race in whilst he was in fifth position. Andrea Migno crashed out at turn one, disaster for the home rider! Foggia was creeping forward and was in third place, the pole man Öncü was now down in sixth place.
After four laps there was a front group of eight riders, the championship lead Sergio Garcia crashed out at turn four, the Spanish rider would lose the championship lead if Guevara finishes inside the top ten. Further down the order Honda Team Asia’s Mario Aji had a highside at turn 10.
Guevara was maintaining the gap at the front of the leading group, Foggia was in second place, Daniel Holgado was in third place. Öncü was in seventh place and was making mistakes as the KTM rider was struggling to keep up with the front group of riders.
With 14 laps remaining to the race, Foggia took the lead by slipping underneath Guevara at turn eight. There was now a front group of four riders from Foggia to Jaume Masia, the next group of riders was being lead by Foggia’s team-mate Tatsuki Suzuki. Visiontrack Racing’s Scott Ogden pulled into the pits with 12 laps to go in the race, the British rider rejoined the race two laps later.
Öncü had settled back into a rhythm and was in fifth place, he was catching the front quartet and bringing Suzuki with him. Sergio Garcia was Black Flagged due to being in a battle with riders whilst being a lap down from the rest of the field.
It was heating up at the front with seven laps to go, Guevara and Masia were putting Foggia under pressure, the Italian rider responded by retaking the lead. The front group now consisted of six riders from Foggia to Suzuki. Öncü was in the mix in fourth place right on the back wheel of Masia, Foggia was given a track limits warning with three laps to go. Carlos Tatay crashed out at turn one with just two laps to go.
Foggia crossed the line to take his third consecutive victory at the Misano circuit, the Italian rider is now just 35 points adrift from the new championship leader Izan Guevara. Masia held on to second place after a last lap battle with Guevara and Öncü, Deniz just missed out on a podium finish yet again.
Featured Images: Leopard Racing, Red Bull KTM Ajo, GASGAS Aspar Team.