LE MANS — The Italian Dennis Foggia (Honda) had to wait for his eightieth start, at the 2022 Moto3 French Grand Prix, to get his first pole position being the fastest in the official classification held on Saturday at Le Mans.
Foggia, who started competing in the Moto3 World Championship in 2017, scored a best time of 1:41.621 that earned him that credit and also to regain some of the lost confidence in previous appointments of the championship, in which his performance registered many ups and downs.
The leader of the world championship, the Spaniard Sergio García Dols (GasGas), did not leave much time for mistakes and finished less than three tenths behind his rival for the championship, in a third line of the starting line-up that, in Moto3, did not It represents no problem to recover ground, nor in the case of his teammate, Izan Guevara.
Despite the heavy fall he suffered during the third free practice session and which forced him to go through the circuit clinic, the Turkish Deniz Öncü (KTM) was able to dispute the first classification, in which he achieved the best time (1:42.475) , in addition to the Frenchman Lorenzo Fellon (Honda) and the Italians Matteo Bertelle (KTM) and Ricardo Rossi (Honda), while the Spanish Adrián Fernández (KTM), twenty-first, José Antonio Rueda ( Honda), twenty-fourth, Iván Ortolá (KTM), behind him, Gerard Riu (KTM), twenty-seventh, with Ana Carrasco (KTM), thirty and last.
With the rhythm and the desire still “very fresh”, Öncü was the first to set a reference time in the second classification, followed by barely nine thousandths of a second by the Brazilian Diogo Moreira (KTM), although in the next step the trio formed by the Italians Dennis Foggia (Honda) and Andrea Migno (Honda), as well as the Japanese Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda), surpassed both.
Dennis Foggia’s time of 1m41.719s on his third lap was enough for none of his rivals to overtake him for virtually the entire session and only Tatsuki Suzuki got dangerously close to him, but he stayed 53 thousandths of a second behind, although It was still too early to launch the bells on the fly as all the drivers in the second classification were in a position to do one last flying lap.
And on that lap Foggia achieved a goal long denied throughout his racing career, his first “pole position” at 21 and after 79 Grand Prix races, with a time of 1:41.621 which was 151 thousandths of a second faster than the time achieved by Suzuki, with the Spanish Jaume Masiá (KTM) in third place, 157 thousandths of a second behind the Italian.
Tomorrow at Le Mans the Brazilian Diogo Moreira will be on the second line of the line-up, along with the Spaniard Carlos Tatay and the Italian Andrea Migno, and on the next line, on the third, the world championship leader Sergio García Dols (GasGas), along with his teammate, Izan Guevara (GasGas) and the Italian Riccardo Rossi.
The Turkish Öncü had to settle for tenth position, fourth line of the starting lineup, in which he will be accompanied by the Australian Joel Kelso (KTM) and the Japanese Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna).
Daniel Holgado (KTM), finished in fourteenth place, just ahead of Xavier Artigas (CFMoto), whom he beat by barely 40 thousandths of a second.