Mugello Moto3: Foggia fends off Masia to take narrow win

Leopard’s Dennis Foggia fended off Jaume Masia by 0.036 seconds to claim his first win of 2021 in a thrilling Moto3 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

Mugello Moto3: Foggia fends off Masia to take narrow win

Following the horrible incident which has left Jason Dupasquier in a serious condition in hospital in Florence, the Prustel GP team elected to withdraw Ryusei Yamanaka from Sunday’s Italian GP.

Drama erupted on the opening lap of the race when Max Racing’s Adrian Fernandez ran into the back of VR46 Academy wildcard Alberto Surra at Turn 1, taking both down.

Further round the lap at the Casanova/Savelli section, Tech 3 KTM rider Deniz Oncu highisded out of the race while behind him a similar crash for CIP’s Max Kofler ended up collecting Andrea Migno (Snipers Honda) and Avintia’s Carlos Tatay.

The marshals managed to clear the scene by the time the field came round on lap two, the battle for the lead typically chaotic at Mugello.

Across the first 16 of 20 laps championship leader Pedro Acosta, Leopard’s Foggia, Romano Fenati on the Max Racing Husqvarna, poleman Tatzuki Suzuki (SIC58 Honda) and Petronas Sprinta Honda pair John McPhee and Darryn Binder all took turns heading the field.

The lead group onto the final two laps stood at 14 riders, with Jaume Masia on the Ajo KTM outdragging the pack into San Donato at the start of the penultimate tour.

But the Spaniard ran wide and allowed Fenati and Foggia to come through, while Acosta found himself down in 11th.

Fenati managed to eke out a handful of bike lengths over Foggia across the penultimate lap, but was powerless to stop Foggia blasting through into the lead at the start of the final tour.

Foggia was given crucial breathing space when Gresini’s Gabriel Rodrigo scythed past Fenati at Savelli.

Masia came through on Rodrigo into the Scarperia right-hander and managed to close the gap to Foggia into the final corner.

But Foggia was able to use the power of his Honda to keep the charging Masia at bay for his first win since Brno last year.

Rodrigo completed the podium for his first rostrum since Barcelona 2018, with Ayumu Sasaki – who was involved in the Dupasquier incident – was fourth on his Tech 3 KTM ahead of Binder.

Fenati was sixth in the end ahead of McPhee, who was promoted two spots due to Acosta and Sergio Garcia (Aspar GASGAS) being demoted a place for exceeding track limits on the last lap.

Poleman Suzuki completed the top 10, with the remaining points going to Snipers’ Filip Salac, CIP’s Kaito Toba, Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia KTM), Stefano Nepa (BOE Owlride KTM) and Gresini’s Jeremy Alcoba.

Acosta holds onto a sizable championship lead over teammate Masia of 52 points, with Sasaki moving up to third a further two points adrift. 

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 7 Italy Dennis Foggia
Honda -
2 5 Spain Jaume Masia
KTM 0.036 0.036
3 2 Argentina Gabriel Rodrigo
Honda 0.145 0.145
4 71 Japan Ayumu Sasaki
KTM 0.240 0.240
5 40 South Africa Darryn Binder
Honda 0.499 0.499
6 55 Italy Romano Fenati
Husqvarna 0.711 0.711
7 17 United Kingdom John McPhee
Honda 0.918 0.918
8 37 Spain Pedro Acosta
KTM 0.745 0.745
9 11 Spain Sergio García
GASGAS 0.861 0.861
10 24 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki
Honda 0.963 0.963
11 12 Czech Republic Filip Salač
Honda 1.080 1.080
12 27 Japan Kaito Toba
KTM 1.351 1.351
13 23 Italy Niccolo Antonelli
KTM 1.429 1.429
14 82 Italy Stefano Nepa
KTM 4.472 4.472
15 52 Spain Jeremy Alcoba
Honda 12.491 12.491
16 43 Spain Xavier Artigas
Honda 23.493 23.493
17 28 Spain Izan Guevara
GASGAS 23.499 23.499
18 54 Italy Riccardo Rossi
KTM 23.609 23.609
19 20 France Lorenzo Fellon
Honda 23.774 23.774
20 22 Elia Bartolini
KTM 39.959 39.959
21 19 Indonesia Andi Gilang
Honda 40.023 40.023
22 32 Takuma Matsuyama
Honda 40.035 40.035
53 Turkey Deniz Öncü
16 Italy Andrea Migno
67 Italy Alberto Surra
31 Mexico Adrian Fernandez
99 Spain Carlos Tatay
73 Austria Maximilian Kofler
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