Brno Moto3: Foggia wins, Arenas extends points lead

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Brno Moto3: Foggia wins, Arenas extends points lead
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Leopard Racing’s Dennis Foggia prevailed in a tense battle in the Czech Grand Prix to claim his first win in Moto3, while Albert Arenas opened up his championship lead again.

Gresini rider Gabriel Rodrigo muscled his Honda into the lead from second on the grid at the start, though he would be usurped by Arenas from seventh on the grid at Turn 3.

A near-highside for Rodrigo at the Turn 7 left-hander broke the pack up from Arena, who managed to open up a lead of eight tenths by the end of the lap and threatened to break away.

Aspar’s Arenas is carrying some nasty bruising on his left leg following his fast crash from the lead at the Andalusian GP last month and admitted he didn’t expect to be able to race at Brno.

His lead was eaten into by the chasing pack by lap three, with poleman Raul Fernandez attempting – but failing to execute – a pass for the lead on his Ajo KTM at Turn 9.

By lap six, Arenas had been relieved of his lead from Foggia, who fended off all attacks on the position through to the final lap.

Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura launched a raid on Foggia on the last lap into Turn 3, but the Leopard rider scythed back through at Turn 4.

Foggia’s hopes were dealt a boost when Arenas carved up Ogura at Turn 12 for the run up the hill to the penultimate corner, giving the Leopard rider enough margin to get through the final turns safely to claim his first win.

It comes after the Italian left Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Academy at the end of last year.

Arenas opened up his championship lead back up to 18 points after taking the chequered flag in second, which he admitted in parc ferme came as a result of “learning to suffer” with his injury.

Ogura moves into second in the standings after claiming third, with Niccolo Antonelli just missing out on the rostrum in fourth on the sole-remaining SIC 58 Honda after Tatsuki Suzuki crashed out on lap 10.

John McPhee came from 18th on the grid after a crash in qualifying to finish fifth on the Petronas Sprinta Honda, which keeps him third in the standings, 19 points down on Arenas.

Fernandez was sixth at the chequered flag ahead of Gresini’s Jeremy Alcoba, while Tony Arbolino (Snipers Honda) was awarded eighth ahead of Max Racing’s Romano Fenati following a photo finish.

Stefano Nepa completed the top 10 on the second Aspar bike. 

Brno Moto3 - Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time
1 7 Italy Dennis Foggia
Honda
2 75 Spain Albert Arenas
KTM 0.205
3 79 Japan Ai Ogura
Honda 0.251
4 23 Italy Niccolo Antonelli
Honda 0.381
5 17 United Kingdom John McPhee
Honda 0.509
6 25 Spain Raúl Fernández
KTM 0.808
7 52 Spain Jeremy Alcoba
Honda 0.889
8 14 Italy Tony Arbolino
Honda 1.647
9 55 Italy Romano Fenati
Husqvarna 1.648
10 82 Italy Stefano Nepa
KTM 8.815
11 27 Japan Kaito Toba
KTM 8.828
12 40 South Africa Darryn Binder
KTM 8.849
13 13 Italy Celestino Vietti Ramus
KTM 8.866
14 16 Italy Andrea Migno
KTM 8.986
15 53 Turkey Deniz Öncü
KTM 9.089
16 11 Spain Sergio García
Honda 9.124
17 6 Japan Ryusei Yamanaka
Honda 9.589
18 99 Spain Carlos Tatay
KTM 9.723
19 2 Argentina Gabriel Rodrigo
Honda 12.594
20 71 Japan Ayumu Sasaki
KTM 12.656
21 70 Belgium Barry Baltus
KTM 23.720
22 89 Malaysia Khairul Idham Pawi
Honda 23.766
23 50 Switzerland Jason Dupasquier
KTM 31.955
24 9 Italy Davide Pizzoli
KTM 36.734
25 12 Czech Republic Filip Salač
Honda 47.046
26 5 Spain Jaume Masia
Honda
27 92 Japan Yuki Kunii
Honda
28 24 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki
Honda
29 21 Spain Alonso López
Husqvarna
30 73 Austria Maximilian Kofler
KTM
31 54 Italy Riccardo Rossi
KTM

 

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Series Moto3
Event Brno
Drivers Dennis Foggia
Author Lewis Duncan