Foggia gains points on Acosta with a race win - Motor Informed
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Foggia gains points on Acosta with a race win

( – Honda driver Dennis Foggia keeps his world championship chance alive: In the Moto3 race in Misano, the Italian secured his fifth win of the season after a strong race to catch up and made important points on Pedro Acosta, who made the podium completed behind team-mate Jaume Masia (KTM).

Dennis Foggia was getting closer and closer to Pedro Acosta in the World Cup

The race over 23 laps started in sunny conditions. The Moto3 riders found a dry track for the first time and used slicks. Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) started from pole position for the first time this season. World Championship leader Acosta started the race from the second row in fifth place.

He was the only rider in the field who opted for the harder tire compound on the rear wheel. At the start he initially lost positions, while Antonelli was able to maintain his position at the front. Acosta finished eighth after lap one. His title rival Foggia did not get away well from 14th on the grid and slipped to 16th.

At the end of the second lap, Antonelli lost the lead to Stefano Nepa (KTM) for the first time, but took it back just two laps later. As always, the top field stayed close together. Acosta was in sixth place within striking distance. Only after finishing ninth with Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) did a first gap appear.

The first falls – Foggia is making up ground

The first incident occurred on lap five when Riccardo Rossi fell in the chasing group after touching John McPhee’s Honda. Rossi’s KTM stopped on the track off the racing line and his race was over. Shortly afterwards, McPhee also dropped out and had to give up.

Meanwhile, Foggia managed to gain positions and make it into the top 10. With Andrea Migno (Honda) in tow, he closed the gap to the leading group. This increased to eleven drivers. In the lead, Antonelli still set the pace. Izan Guevara (GasGas), Nepa and Acosta followed him like a shadow.

At halftime, after a mistake by Antonelli, Acosta made it to the top for the first time, but could only hold their own for a short time. The front was getting more and more restless. The positions and also the leadership changed constantly. Migno crashed in turn 16 and remained unrewarded for his strong recovery from position 22 on the grid.

Guevara throws chance on the podium

With nine laps to go, Foggia took command and tried to drive away. Masia, Darryn Binder (Honda) and Guevara caught up while the other pursuers, including Acosta, had to let go. The gap grew to more than a second within a few laps.

On lap 17, the leading group decimated further when Guevara fell into turn 8 while in third place. And even Binder could no longer have a say in the fight for victory. He lost contact with Foggia and Masia, who were the only ones who could still drive average 1:42 times in the closing stages.

The result was a duel between the two, but Foggia cleared and gave Masia no chance to attack. In return, there was a three-way battle between Binder, Nepa and Acosta, who was able to make up two positions on the final lap to make it onto the podium in third place.

21 points gap: title fight remains open

“To have finished on the podium was important today,” said Acosta in the Parc Ferme visibly broken. “But I’m not satisfied. I am already satisfied with the work of the team. You have worked incredibly and clinched the team title. In the race, however, it became obvious that we had to keep working.”

While the Moto2 rookie sulked on the podium, Foggia was cheering: “I started from 14th on the grid and attacked directly because Pedro started further up front. I knew we had the potential. That is now my sixth win and my second here in Italy. “

“I don’t know exactly what the World Cup will look like, because Pedro finished on the podium. I’m just happy because the bike was perfect. See you in Portimao.” Before the penultimate race of the season in two weeks, Acosta’s lead in the world championship has now shrunk to 21 points.

Maximilian Kofler in 18th place with no points

Binder clearly had to give up in the final phase and missed the podium by 0.111 seconds in the end. Nepa also just missed in fifth. Pole setter Antonelli crossed the finish line in sixth, followed by Romano Fenati (Husqvarna), Sasaki, Xavier Artigas (Honda) and Filip Salac (KTM).

The remaining points went to Ryusei Yamanaka (KTM), Guevara, who continued after his crash, Adrian Fernandez (Husqvarna), Jeremy Alcoba and Andi Farid Izdihar (both Honda). Maximilian Kofler (KTM) came home empty-handed in 18th place. He left four drivers behind. A total of 22 drivers saw the checkered flag.

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