Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda) in his pit – with the second win of the season after his home race in Mugello, the Italian was later in a much better mood and despite 3 clears in the first four world championship rounds, he is now third in the interim ranking.

Foggia before Garcia and a long-lap convict

Romano Fenati got the best start, who had been punished with a double long-lap penalty in advance. This was indicated to the Italian veteran even after one lap. The same goes for Jaume Masia, who was even given a penalty for driving through the pit, which he and 5 other drivers took on immediately. At the same time, Fenati had lost the lead with the first long-lap penalty. After his first extended lap, he had dropped to P9, after which he was able to quickly improve by 3 positions. But there was still one penalty outstanding. After that, the man with the number 55 was initially only fourteenth. He was able to make up two places immediately and in the meantime Garcia was leading Foggia, Artigas, Binder, Rodrigo, Alcoba and Suzuki. Behind on P8 Migno in front of World Cup leader Acosta, Kaito Toba, John McPhee and Fenati, who also passed the Scots a little later. When there were 16 laps left, Foggia was ahead of Binder.

Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power) in the box – with only three points, the Japanese winner of the Qatar GP 2019 did not have a really successful weekend in Assen.

The first crash of the Moto3 race in Assen
The top group consisted of 13 drivers 15 laps before the end, followed by Nepa, Guevara and a little further back Öncü. Masia, on the other hand, was more than 20 seconds behind the leading group and the Spaniard had to hope for failures in front of him. Shortly thereafter, Mignno, Antonelli and Toba clashed on Turn 5. The Japanese managed to prevent a fall, while the two Italians lost all chance of top positions with a crash. Fenati, on the other hand, had already fought his way back and when there were still 10 laps to go, the Italian was behind Foggia in P2. A little later, his team-mate Adrian Fernandez was the next to lose control of his bike, which continued without him shortly before the finish line.

In contrast to Fenati, Jaume Masia (Red Bull Ajo KTM) didn’t have the slightest chance of scoring World Championship points, let alone a podium, at the Dutch GP. Both were punished, but one of them lost so much that he didn’t even have to start.

The final of the Moto3 GP of the Netherlands
With three laps to go, Binder was only just able to prevent a fall shortly before the start-finish. As a result, the South African fell back to P7 at the end of the now only seven riders containing leading group. Right in front of him is his teammate John McPhee. Foggia ahead of Garcia, Fenati, Suzuki and Acosta was the order of the day when the final lap started. Behind them, almost half a second behind, are the 4 pursuers. In the end, Foggia won ahead of Garcia and Fenati. Behind Binder, Acosta, Suzuki and McPhee in seventh. Jaume Masia, however, only saw the checkered flag in 20th place, which meant the Spaniard missed important points. We do not want to explain his punishment for the wrongdoing at this point, in any case Fenati came off much happier with the podium despite the double long lap penalty.

The Moto3 podium in Assen with from left Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team, P2), winner Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing Honda) and third-placed Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team).

The questionable and often arbitrary punishments – there is no consequence whatsoever
It’s such a shame, there are hardly any real races where you don’t have to report about penalties and their consequences. Because the FIM commissioners at the green table now decide in advance who will get a chance, it is not only difficult to understand for many fans. The bad joke is that Moto3 riders are usually punished for behaviour that six-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez shows them with impunity every weekend in the premier class. It was more than embarrassing how he had looked for Johann Zarco’s slipstream in Q1 without any shame in Assen. Together with Iker Lecuona, who was also waiting behind the Frenchman and him, the calculation worked out first and both were promptly faster than their “locomotive”. But the Pramac Ducati rider managed to do the almost impossible afterwards and set the fastest time in literally the last second, while Marquez crashed and only ended up in 20th place on the grid.

Sergio Garcia (Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Team) was the best of the oranges on the renamed KTM and, as second in the World Championship, is the first pursuer of leader Pedro Acosta.

Our consequence after renouncing the live blogs – cancellation of Moto3
After doing without the live blogs, we have now decided not to report on Moto3 at all for the time being. For us at the moment, with all the long lap and ride-through penalties, it no longer has much to do with sport and a man-to-man fight. Because the sporting idea falls by the wayside, it is often only the arbitrariness of questionable officials who decide on the outcome of the races. When there are drivers who make it onto the podium despite being penalized and others don’t even make it into the points because of a milder punishment, the fun stops for many. At least as long as the Moto3 races are so falsified by the FIM commissioners, and we can say that they are manipulated, we will forego the junior class. Until something changes about that, we will no longer follow any reporting on this category, with immediate effect. Thanks to our loyal readers for their understanding at this point, and we recommend using the official MotoGP website. This is the only halfway neutral source, while many other portals unfortunately distort whole truths far too often for a variety of reasons.

The Moto3 Grand Prix of the Netherlands in numbers

World Championship stand of Moto3 after 9 laps

P, Rider, Bike, Nat, Points
1, Pedro ACOSTA, KTM, SPA, 158
2, Sergio GARCIA, GASGAS, SPA, 110
3, Dennis FOGGIA, Honda, ITA, 86
4, Romano FENATI, Husqvarna, ITA, 80
5, Jaume MASIA, KTM, SPA, 72
6, Darryn BINDER, Honda, RSA, 69
7, Niccolò ANTONELLI, KTM, ITA, 67
8, Gabriel RODRIGO, Honda, ARG, 59
9, Jeremy ALCOBA, Honda, SPA, 58
10, Andrea MIGNO, Honda, ITA, 58
11, Ayumu SASAKI, KTM, JPN, 57
12, Kaito TOBA, KTM, JPN, 52
13, John MCPHEE, Honda, GBR, 37
14, Tatsuki SUZUKI, Honda, JPN, 37
16, Filip SALAC, Honda, CZE, 35
17, Xavier ARTIGAS, Honda, SPA, 30
18, Ryusei YAMANAKA, KTM, JPN, 28
19, Jason DUPASQUIER, KTM, SWI, 27
20, Deniz ÖNCÜ, KTM, TUR, 25
21, Stefano NEPA, KTM, ITA, 19
22, Riccardo ROSSI, KTM, ITA, 16
23, Carlos TATAY, KTM, SPA, 14
24, Adrian FERNANDEZ, Husqvarna, SPA, 10
26, Yuki KUNII, Honda, JPN, 7
27, Maximilian KOFLER, KTM, AUT, 3
28, Andi Farid IZDIHAR, Honda, INA, 2
29, Daniel HOLGADO, KTM, SPA, 1

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