Denis Foggia took his first Moto3 Junior World Championship win in the first race at Ricardo Tormo circuit, Valencia. The VR46 Academy rider had been so close before but this time it happened. He had crossed the line first in race one in Barcelona. However, he was penalised 5 seconds for exceeding track limits. In the second race he missed out by just 0.026 seconds.
Crossing the line in second place was Alonso Lopez and Jeremy Alcoba after Sergio Garcia slid out at turn eight on the final lap. Vicente Perez had started on pole crossed the line fourth ahead of Kazuki Masaki in fifth.
The race started without Ai Ogura or Somkiat Chantra who are still injured and Wongthananon who was ill.
Perez led Foggia and then Alcoba into the first corners. But the young Italian Foggia was leading by the end of the first lap. He quickly managed to open a gap over the rest of the field.
The group trailing Foggia at the front ran from 2nd to 12th. Aleix Viu was 2nd until he ran wide with 14 laps to go which may have been an insight as to what would happen later. This dropped him from 2nd to sixth.
Two of the Estrella Galicia riders, Lopez and Alcoba then headed the second group but they didn’t work together to catch Foggia who was now 2.6 seconds down the road. The result was that anyone from around 10 or 11 riders could reach the other two podium spots.
With nine laps remaining Rory Skinner and Yari Montella came together. They crashed out battling for 13th position.
Viu had battled back to the head of the second group. However, again he had a problem and dropped down to 12th position as the race entered the final six laps.
Foggia went on to take a comfortable victory crossing the line almost four seconds ahead of Lopez and Alcoba. Sergio Garcia slid out in the final corners when he looked certain of a podium finish.
Viu’s problems didn’t finish when he crossed the line in 12th spot. He was subsequently hit from behind by Gabriel Martinez Abrego as the Motomex rider finished his race.
British rider Dan Jones picked up a point for a fifteenth place finish and a championship point. Josh Owens finished 25th for Promoracing. Charlie Nesbitt, who was coming back from injury, had no luck in race one. Having finished 9th quickest in warm up this morning he was hit by another rider on the first lap which ended his race.
Moto3JWC Valencia race 1 2017
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