Emilia Romagna Moto3: Foggia wins to keep title hopes alive

Dennis Foggia beat Jaume Masia in a tense Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to claim a vital victory to keep his 2021 Moto3 title hopes alive, with Pedro Acosta third.

Emilia Romagna Moto3: Foggia wins to keep title hopes alive

Ajo KTM rider Acosta came into the 16th round of the season with his first match point in the 2021 title fight having led Foggia by 30 points, but will go to Portugal only 21 points clear now after Foggia came from 14th to win the race.

Poleman Niccolo Antonelli grabbed the holeshot at the start from the BOE Owlride KTM of Riccardo Rossi and Austin winner Izan Guevara (Aspar GasGas).

Title rivals Acosta had found himself back in seventh from fifth on the grid, while Foggia had dropped to 15th at the end of the opening lap.

At the front the sister BOE Owlride KTM of Stefano Nepa briefly took the lead from Antonelli into the fast Curvone right-hander – but the Avintia rider would return to the lead two tours later into the Quercia hairpin.

Foggia found himself cast adrift of the leading group of nine in the early stages by 1.6s, but once at the head of the second pack the Leopard rider quickly carved into those ahead of him.

By lap 10 Foggia was with the lead group, with Acosta moving into the podium places for the first time on the following tour.

After Antonelli nearly highsided exiting the Turn 6 left-hander on the next lap, Acosta capitalised to take the lead from the Avintia rider.

It was a short-lived stint at the head of the field for the Ajo KTM rider, as Guevara came through into the first corner at the start of lap 13 – before Acosta dropped to fourth when he ran wide at the Rio right-hander.

As a result, Foggia found himself staring at the rear of his title rival having worked his way up to fifth with some firm moves, and would take third from Acosta into Curvone moments later.

On lap 15 Foggia found himself leading for the first time, while Acosta – who was the only rider to run the harder rear tyre in the race – began to drop off the pace and slid down to sixth.

He was promoted a spot when Guevara crashed out of third at Quercia on lap 18, but Foggia, Masia and MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder had broken over a second clear of the rest of the pack.

Come the final laps, Foggia and Acosta’s teammate Masia had streaked over two seconds clear of Binder, with the Ajo KTM rider in a position to take crucial points away from Foggia in the championship.

Foggia held the lead as the pair began the 23rd and final lap, with the Leopard rider covering off two key overtaking spots in Turn 1 and Turn 4.

The Leopard rider then shut down a move into Quercia as he nailed his run out of Turn 6 onto the back straight, and kept that crucial gap to claim an important win.

Acosta snatched third on the final lap from a struggling Binder to limit the damage to his championship lead, but his advantage now stands at 21 points with 50 left up for grabs in 2021.

Binder (Petronas Sprinat) was denied a podium by 0.111s, with Nepa shadowing him, while long-time leader Antonelli faded to sixth.

Romano Fenati was seventh on his Max Racing KTM ahead of Tech 3’s Ayumu Sasaki, with the Leopard Honda of Xavi Artigas and Prustel GP’s Filip Salac completing the top 10.

A double podium for Ajo KTM has crowned the team 2021 Moto3 teams’ champions.

Emilia Romagna Moto3 - Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Gap
1 7 Italy Dennis Foggia
2 5 Spain Jaume Masia
KTM 0.292
3 37 Spain Pedro Acosta
KTM 4.686
4 40 South Africa Darryn Binder
Honda 4.797
5 82 Italy Stefano Nepa
KTM 4.853
6 23 Italy Niccolo Antonelli
KTM 5.052
7 55 Italy Romano Fenati
Husqvarna 5.335
8 71 Japan Ayumu Sasaki
KTM 6.642
9 43 Spain Xavier Artigas
Honda 6.736
10 12 Czech Republic Filip Salač
KTM 6.800
11 6 Japan Ryusei Yamanaka
KTM 10.535
12 28 Spain Izan Guevara
GASGAS 17.811
13 31 Mexico Adrian Fernandez
Husqvarna 18.050
14 52 Spain Jeremy Alcoba
Honda 18.260
15 19 Indonesia Andi Gilang
Honda 19.264
16 67 Italy Alberto Surra
Honda 20.217
17 27 Japan Kaito Toba
KTM 24.704
18 73 Austria Maximilian Kofler
KTM 24.902
19 20 France Lorenzo Fellon
Honda 24.976
20 96 Daniel Holgado
KTM 25.323
21 64 Mario Aji
Honda 46.495
22 80 David Alonso
GASGAS 1'25.207
92 Japan Yuki Kunii
16 Italy Andrea Migno
99 Spain Carlos Tatay
24 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki
17 United Kingdom John McPhee
54 Italy Riccardo Rossi
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