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Title race on! Foggia punishes wasteful rivals

The Italian profited from a heartbreaking crash for Romano Fenati while his Championship rivals had an off day

It was a story of contrasting fortunes for the two form riders in the Moto3™ Championship, with Dennis Foggia profiting from Romano Fenati’s (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) heartbreaking crash to romp home for back-to-back victories and keep the his title hopes well and truly alive at the Octo Grand Prix of San Marino. The Leopard Racing man sprayed the bubbly from the top step of the rostrum alongside an all-Italian podium, with Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) and Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) the other top three finishers.

The opening exchanges

Having sat on pole and taken three podiums in his last four races, it looked like we were in for another faultless Fenati performance as the Italian took the holeshot into the first corner, batting away the close attention of Antonelli. There were good starts also from Migno, Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) and Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing), but it was Foggia who sat in third as we completed the opening corners.

There were battles all over the circuit with Antonelli responding to a Foggia cut back to keep himself in P2, while Garcia and Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rubbed shoulders at Turn 8, with the Aspar rider’s machine producing smoke at Turn 8. It was a fascinating watch, but as the lightweight class traded blows, it allowed the fastest man on track to open up a gap of four-tenths to Antonelli in second, and seven-tenths to Foggia in third by the close of the third lap.

Further back, the race lost its first rider as Elia Bartolini (Bardhal VR46 Academy) crashed out of his home Grand Prix at Turn 4. Further back, it was clear Championship leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) would have an off day, as he lost touch with the lead group early on and began a damage limitation mission.

Over the course of the next few laps, Fenati continued to widen the gap despite Antonelli’s best efforts to keep in touch. The VR46 rider then got it horribly wrong ten laps in, going in too hot at Turn 4, and dropping to P7 while Fenati’s lead at the front was almost two seconds.

Over the course of the next few laps, Fenati continued to widen the gap despite Antonelli’s best efforts to keep in touch. The VR46 rider then got it horribly wrong ten laps in, going in too hot at Turn 4, and dropping to P7 while Fenati’s lead at the front was almost two seconds.

It looked for all the world that the Italian would romp home to a second victory of the season, but then disaster struck on the 15th lap. Comfortably leading with a 2.6 second gap to second, Fenati lost the front at the Turn 15 left-hander, and in an instant, his victory chance had vanished as he was on the cusp of bringing himself back into the Championship picture.

A six bike battle for victory

Suddenly the podium battle became one for victory, with Foggia now leading Migno and Binder with Garcia, Masia and Antonelli all chasing the rostrum. However, like his predecessor, the rider occupying P1 would waste no time in opening up a lead over the chasing pack. Garcia and Binder traded overtakes with the Spaniard sitting third, and then set his sights on Migno in second, but when. He made his move at Turn 8 with six laps remaining, he went in too wide and dropped to P4, with Masia moving into the final podium place. The podium battle continued in the same vein for the remainder of the race, with Antonelli also getting involved as he hunted down a fourth podium of the season.

With just a few laps remaining, Foggia’s lead was unassailable, but the podium battle was well and truly alive, with Antonelli rediscovering his early pace to move ahead of Masia and Garcia, and then taking Migno on the penultimate lap, relegating his compatriot to P3. And that’s how the top three would finish after a sensational battle, with Garcia, Masia and Binder just missing out.

The rest of the point scorers

It was an excellent salvage job from Acosta to take P7, as he had the likes of Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3), Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride) and Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech3) snapping at his heels all race. The race result means that the title leader’s Championship advantage is now down to 42 points with Foggia and Garcia in pursuit. Further back, Ricardo Rossi (BOE Owlride) took points at his home Grand Prix, as did Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing). Japanise duo Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) round out the top 15.

1. Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) – 1:41.753
2. Niccolò Antonelli (Avintia VR46) + 0.565
3. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.817
4. Sergio Garcia (GAVIOTA GASGAS Aspar Team) + 2.140
5. Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 3.098
6. Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 7.633
7. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 9.991
8. Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3) + 10.184
9. Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride) + 10.341
10. Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM T3) + 10.344

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Rins leads Championship top two in morning runs

Alex Rins provided a reminder of his speed in Sunday morning Warm Up at the Octo Grand Prix of San Marino, with the Suzuki rider finishing the session fastest thanks to a 1:32.521. The Spaniard had over a tenth to spare on race favourites Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team).

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Augusto Fernandez quickest, poleman Raul Fernandez crashes

Augusto Fernandez is aiming to end a long victory wait at the scene of his last win in 2019, and the Elf Marc VDS rider got his Sunday off to a perfect start with a 1:36.886 seeing him take P1 in the final session ahead of lights out. Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team) is 0.127s behind Fernandez, while Championship leader Remy Gardner was third quickest in the morning.

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Fenati leads Foggia ahead of Italian showdown

Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) ended Moto3™ Warm Up quickest thanks to a 1:41.978 as the Italian leads race rival Dennis Foggia by just 0.038s. Sitting in P3 after the session is Izan Guevara (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) with the rookie rider just over a tenth off the pace, and looking in good form as he hopes to break his podium duck in Misano.  

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Can Bagnaia emulate Casey Stoner’s 2007 feat?

The grid is now set ahead of the Octo Grand Prix of San Marino, and after an exhilarating MotoGP™ qualifying, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) sits on pole and while that is something you would usually celebrate, it comes with a caveat when riding at Misano. Read more about that below as we give you some juicy stats to delve into ahead of lights out on Sunday. 

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Torres claims first blood in Misano thriller

The Spaniard moves to the top of the standings after a disastrous race for Eric Granado and Jordi Torres

The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup riders kicked off their season finale with the first of two races at Misano, both of which are decisive in the title race. The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli saw Jordi Torres (HP Pons 40) take a big step towards glory as he left Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) in his wake.

A four-way fight

Torres made a great start which saw him and Mattia Casadei, Dominique Aegerter and Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) open up a slight advantage of just over a second over Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE). The four leading riders were the ones to watch all afternoon, as none of them wanted to give up ground in a fight that would goa ll the way to the bitter end. However, disaster struck for Granado in the race finale, the Brazilian crashed out just as he nudged himself in front of Torres.

Zaccone, crash at the most inopportune moment

Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) was another of the favourites who lady luck had deserted. The former Cup leader was involved in a messy incident with Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) on the first lap, which resulted in the Italian being stretchered off the track and taken to the medical centre. Zaccone was out of the race, and most likely, out of the running for the title.  

The rest of the top 10

With Casadei in fourth, fifth place went to Ferrari, followed by rookie Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team). The final positions in the Top 10 went to Kevin Zannoni (LCR E-Team), Fermín Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team), Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing), Yonny Hernández (Octo Pramac MotoE) and Andorra’s Xavi Cardelús (Avintia Esponsorama Racing).

How does the MotoE™ standings look?

After the 0 point return for Zaccone and Granado, relegated to third and fourth overall respectively, it is now Torres who leads the standings with one race to go. The Spaniard holds a slender eight point advantage over Aegerter.

One of these 4 riders will be crowned FIM Enel MotoE™ 2021 World Cup Champion tomorrow, who will it be? Don’t miss the second race at Misano on Sunday at 15:30 local time.

1Jordi Torres  (HP Pons 40)
2. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP)  + 0.160
3. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) + 0.405
4. Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) + 2.786
5. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team)  +  3.072
6. Kevin Zannoni (LCR E-Team) + 3.095
7. Fermín Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team) + 3.621
8. Yonny Hernández (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 10.482
9. Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) + 10.598
10. Xavi Cardelús (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 10.905

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Scintillating Fernandez romps home for pole position

The rookie Spaniard had three-tenths to spare over Marc VDS duo Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez as he took a fifth pole of 2021

As if we would ever forget, but Raul Fernandez provided a not so gentle reminder of his star quality in Misano by taking Moto2™ pole one week on from a scintillating win in Aragon, and less than two weeks after undergoing surgery in his right hand. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider’s 1:36.264 saw him have a comfortable 0.351s cushion over Elf Marc VDS Racing duo Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez who will join the rookie on the front row.

Leaving it late

P1 had changed hands a number of times as the clock ticked down towards zero, Raul Fernandez and KTM Ajo teammate Remy Gardner trading fast laps with Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), but with four minutes remaining, it was Brit Lowes who had just fired himself to the top of the timesheets as he zeroed in on consecutive poles.

Shortly after, Jorge Navarro (Lightech Speed Up) tried to get in on the front row fun, but his effort was quickly knocked back by Gardner and Canet, with the Spaniard pulling off a brilliant save seconds after recording a personal best time. Then it was Augusto Fernandez’ turn to crash the party, slotting in just behind Lowes to make it a Marc VDS  one-two as riders began to take the chequered flag.

The session wasn’t just over yet, with Raul Fernandez putting together the race’s fastest lap, lighting up the screen with red sectors as he obliterated what was the time to beat, and secured a fifth pole position of the season.

How will the rest of the grid shape up?

Gardner just misses out and will launch from the head of the second row, and the Championship leader will be joined by Canet and Navarro. Di Giannantonio left it late to post a PB lap, but he will line up ninth on the grid behind Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46), while Q1 graduate Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Italtrans Racing Team) completes the top 10.

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Top 10:
 
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – 1:36.264
2. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.351
3. Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.524
4. Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) + 0.597
5. Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team) + 0.605
6. Jorge Navarro (Lightech Speed Up) + 0.664
7. Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.664
8. Marco bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 0.757
9. Fabio Di Giannatonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) + 0.907
10. Lorenzo Dall Porta (Italtrans Racing Team) + 0.928

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Brilliant Bagnaia blasts his way to successive poles

The Italian put in a blistering lap time to lead a Ducati one-two ahead of title rival Fabio Quartararo in Misano

It’s back-to-back P1 starts for Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) as the Italian secured his third pole position of the year at the Octo Grand Prix of San Marino thanks to a 1:31.065. The number 63 smashed the previous lap record and leads a Bologna bullets one-two, with teammate Jack Miller some 0.249s behind. There was a collector’s item as Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) crashed as he attempted to find some speed to catch Bagnaia, but the Frenchman will still line-up on the front row.

How the battle for pole was won

It was an electric start to Q2, with Quartararo flying out of the blocks to attack pole with vigour, though he wasn’t the only one. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was the first rider to go sub 1:32, but his stint at the top was shortlived as a series of riders got in on the fun, and it eventually culminated in the Championship leader ending the first runs in P1 and just two-tenths off of Maverick Viñales’ (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) 2020 record.

As the second runs began, the excitement was far from over, with riders really beginning to push in order to find those milimeters that make the world of difference. However, not everyone could handle the heat. First to fall was Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) as he tried to keep pace with a rapid Bagnaia, the eight-time Champion washed the front at Turn 9 while he was soon joined in the gravel by Aleix Espargaro, who hit the deck at Turn 15 as he too looked to up his game.

Quartararo’s lead at the top was a slender one, and he was powerless to resist a scorching effort from poleman Bagnaia, who blasted his way to the top of the timesheets with three-tenths to spare. It didn’t take long for Miller to make his mark, making it a Desmosedici one-two and relegating Quartararo to third. As the Frenchman tried to find a response, he tucked the front end and went down at the Turn 1 right hander, which brought out the yellow flags and signaled the end of the session for a whole host of riders. Fortunately for ‘El Diablo’, nobody was able to put a lap together to threaten his front row start as he held on for a 13th front row start of the season.

Who makes up the rest of the top 12?

Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) complained of some pains in his right leg but it didn’t stop him from taking P4 just ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), who is also riding through injury as all four GP-21s sit inside the top five. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) escaped the clutches of the yellow flags from Quartararo’s crash, and his late charge earned him a second row start, while it demoted teammate Marquez to the head of row three.

Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) will line-up alongside the number 93 while Maverick Viñales did an exceedingly good job to take P10 on just his second weekend riding on the RS-GP. The Spaniard finished ahead of Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Q1 graduate Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama).

The time for talking is over, with the grid now set for the San Marino Grand Prix, with the premier class seeing lights out at 14:00 local time on Saturday afternoon. You can stay up to date with all the action on motogp.com.

1. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1:31.065
2. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.249
3. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.302
4. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) + 0.598
5. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) + 0.771
6. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.858
7. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.870
8. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 0.872
9. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.952
10. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 1.056

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Bastianini, Marc Marquez progress through Q1

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was unfortunate to miss out as a crash cost him dearly while he was on a hot lap and looked to threaten the top two. Hopes that Valentino Rossi would progress dissipated quickly after the Petronas SRT rider hit the deck once again in Misano, and the Doctor will line up 23rd on the grid. It’s not been a good weekend for the KTMs, with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) compounding their misery with a late crash.

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