Dennis Foggia on the Leopard Racing Honda was one of the drivers who brought a little tension to an otherwise surprisingly uneventful Moto3 race.

Fenati wins his first race in 2021 in front of two compatriots

With Romano Fenati, the pole sitter was the fastest man in the morning warm-up, ahead of Kaito Toba and Pedro Acosta. But the latter had created an extremely unfavourable starting position with a bad qualifying. The World Cup leader had to make do with starting position 22 in row 8, which often does not have to mean anything for the young Spaniard. After the start, it was an Italian trio that separated from the rest of the field. With Fenati ahead of Antonelli and Migno, there were supposedly three different makes, whereby the Poleman’s Husqvarna and Niccolo Antonelli’s KTM are identical. With fourteen laps to go, Dennis Foggia, of all people, was one of the top three who led the field 1.5 seconds back. A little later, Kaito Toba was out of the race after a crash in Turn 11.

We photographed the calm before the storm on Sunday – after the many clouds were still very dark on Friday and the temperatures were below 15 degrees Celsius, it was much brighter on Sunday, but hardly warmer. However, there are hotels in England that still turn on the air conditioning. When we said that this was quite unnecessary and therefore uncomfortably cold, we received the answer at reception that it was summer after all. In this way, of course, everyone understands English humour.

The top group was reduced
Shortly afterwards, the race was over for Andrea Migno when his Honda gave up the ghost. The third of the Moto3 GP of Portugal develops, together with McPhee, to be the unlucky person of the season. The gap between the second group and the remaining leading duo had meanwhile increased to over 3 seconds. Foggia, Guevara, Suzuki, Binder, Masia, Öncü and Riccardo Rossi fought for a podium. Behind the 7-man chasing group, the next were already around 6 seconds behind when there were still 9 laps left to drive. In this field were among others World Cup leader Acosta and local hero McPhee. With that, the two of them only had to fight for a top ten position, which was not expected before the start.

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team Honda) had a secure podium in mind when a technical problem on his bike meant the end for him and the Italian had to endure another bitter disappointment this year.

The decision to win the 12th GP of the year

The chasing group dropped, and so it looked like a duel for third place on the podium with three laps to go. The pole sitter left nothing to burn in the final, and Fenati extended his lead over his pursuer to almost a second towards the end. While Fenati drove safely towards his victory, Antonelli came second and behind Foggia and Guevara duelled with the knife between their teeth. In the end, the Italian was ahead of the game, with three young men from the country of origin of the pizza together forming the winner’s podium. Dennis Foggia on the Leopard Racing Honda ensured that a Japanese make was represented on the podium in the end.

The all-Italian podium with Niccolo Antonelli (P2) from left, winner Romano Fenati and third-placed Dennis Foggia.

The Moto3 Grand Prix of England in numbers

The Silverstone Circuit

The status of the World Championship

P, Rider, Bike, Nat, Points
1, Pedro ACOSTA, KTM, SPA, 201
2, Sergio GARCIA, GASGAS-KTM, SPA, 155
3, Romano FENATI, Husqvarna-KTM , ITA, 132
4, Dennis FOGGIA, Honda, ITA, 118
5, Jaume MASIA, KTM, SPA, 105
6, Darryn BINDER, Honda, RSA, 95
7, Niccolò ANTONELLI, KTM, ITA, 87
8, Ayumu SASAKI, KTM, JPN, 71
9, Kaito TOBA, KTM, JPN, 62
10, Jeremy ALCOBA, Honda, SPA, 60
11, Gabriel RODRIGO, Honda, ARG, 60
13, Andrea MIGNO, Honda, ITA, 58
14, Tatsuki SUZUKI, Honda, JPN, 54
15, Deniz ÖNCÜ, KTM, TUR, 53
16, John MCPHEE, Honda, GBR, 53
17, Filip SALAC, KTM, CZE, 46
18, Ryusei YAMANAKA, KTM, JPN, 37
19, Xavier ARTIGAS, Honda, SPA, 30
20, Jason DUPASQUIER, KTM, SWI, 27
21, Riccardo ROSSI, KTM, ITA, 23
22, Stefano NEPA, KTM, ITA, 22
23, Carlos TATAY, KTM, SPA, 20
24, Adrian FERNANDEZ, Husqvarna-KTM , SPA, 16
25, Yuki KUNII, Honda, JPN, 15
26, Maximilian KOFLER, KTM, AUT, 10
28, Andi Farid IZDIHAR, Honda, INA, 3
29, Daniel HOLGADO, KTM, SPA, 1

The combined calendar for MotoGP and WorldSBK

The last change concerned the second Misano race in October, following the cancellation of the Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang published on August 19th. At the moment, all overseas races are still considered extremely endangered, which is why Texas in MotoGP and San Juan and Mandalika in WSBK remain extremely questionable.

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