Round 12 of the championship got off to an electric start as the race result went all the way to the checkered flag with Dennis Foggia leading after crashing out on the final two laps of the Moto3 British Grand Prix.
The Leopard rider had attempted a breakaway earlier in the race, but the chaotic race was filled with overtaking and mistakes and he was quickly caught by teammate Tatsuki Suzuki and Deniz Oncu.
Sitting in the pack, the Italian took the lead after swapping positions with Jaume Masia on the last trip to Silverstone, which saw him trouble-free and first to the finish line for Leopard Honda.
It is only the second victory of the season for the number seven, with his first coming in the second round in Indonesia.
Masia had given himself a huge task after failing to make it out of Q1, qualifying 21st on the grid. He stayed in that position through the first corners, but quickly started to charge through the pack and make a name for himself in the lead group.
After briefly leading the final lap, he chased Foggia to the line but lost 0.252 seconds after a strong comeback.
The final podium spot went to Oncu, who led at various points over the race distance. The Red Bull Tech3 rider earned his first grandstand visit of the year after pulling away from the rest of the chasing pack in the final corners, continuing his run in the points in every round so far.
Fourth went to Kaito Toba. Fourteenth on the grid, the CIP Green Power rider made his moves almost unnoticed over the closing laps, helped in part by all the late crashes ahead of him.
Stefano Nepa followed the Japanese rider to fifth place for the Angeluss MTA team.
Pole sitter Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets-MSI) set records by taking first place on the grid, becoming the first Brazilian to take a lightweight pole. In the race, the rookie got off to a great start and led for a short stint before being beaten by a series of tough overtakes in the hotly contested race. He rallied for sixth place in the closing stages.
John McPhee repeatedly found himself in the lead of the race, as did much of the chasing pack over time, running wide several times at Brooklands, with a late move forced to the outside by Suzuki saw his chance podium spots to fade, but Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max racing driver gave the home crowd something to cheer about after a superb seventh-place finisher.
Ryusei Yamanaka turned his first row into eighth on the second MT Helmets -MSI entry.
Andrea Migno was another rider making late gains, spending much of his time chasing for positions outside of the points, he had reached ninth place with some smooth passes on the Rivacold Snipers bike in the frantic final laps.
Carlos Tatay (CFMoto Racing PruestelGP) had a similar story crossing the line just behind to complete the top ten.
Tatay’s teammate Xavier Artigas was in their group both out of the points and finishing eleventh.
Scott Ogden was also in that field and as their battle moved down the field he crossed the finish line with a much better twelfth in his home grand prix for VisionTrack Racing after qualifying in 24th after a difficult Saturday for the driver and the team.
SIC58 Squadra Corse riders Lorenzo Fellon and Riccardo Rossi finished 13th and 14th respectively while Adrian Fernandez clinched the final point for Red Bull KTM Tech3 despite being penalized in the race around the long lap loop for causing an accident at Assen.
Crashes cover the final laps of Silverstone.
There hadn’t been a single crash in the Moto3 class at Silverstone until the Moto3 Grand Prix reached the final three laps.
Sergio Garcia entered the race as the championship leader, with a slim three-point advantage and his closest rival, team-mate Izan Guevara, ahead of him on the track.
Garcia finished Q1 for eleventh on the grid and was in the lead pack with three laps to go when Ayumu Sasaki, obsessed with the riders ahead of him, slammed into the rear of his GasGas Aspar bike and pulled him out of the way. the race.
The Spaniard’s two DNFs this season came after colliding after also being knocked out in Texas.
Sasaki was carried off the track on a stretcher but was reportedly conscious. He was then transferred to the medical center by ambulance for further checks.
Shortly after, Izan Guevara, who had been in the lead for much of the early laps before sitting back in the main group, saw his podium hopes ended when he too was picked up, this time by the rookie Ivan Ortola. Ortola had made huge strides to reach the front of the race, setting a new fastest lap before the unfortunate incident.
The drama was not done playing out with Suzuki falling soon after, cutting a frustrated figure as he hit the barrier as he stalked away from his littered Leopard. His winning teammate, Foggia, brought him back to the paddock on the back of his motorbike.
David Munoz was next out at Luffield, coming back from 19th on the grid and a long lap penalty with a finish shout on the grandstand. Daniel Holgado also failed to finish.
Joshua Whatley, had been under bad weather all weekend, but turned 26th on the grid to 21st in his home run on the second VisionTrack entry.
Joel Kelso is out until at least the next round after his incident with Adrian Fernandez on the last lap. He is replaced at CIP Green Power by Marc Garcia (22nd)
Matteo Bertelle is set to miss the rest of the season as he recovers from injury, with Nicola Carraro (20th) replacing him at QJMotor Avinta Racing for the rest of the year.
Where does that leave the championship?
With the two title leaders eliminated, the gap at the top of the table remains unchanged, with Garcia still enjoying a narrow three-point lead with a total of 182 over fellow Gaviota GasGas, Guevara.
Dennis Foggia’s win rekindles his charge as champions as he was able to pull 25 points off his deficit, now just 42 behind the Spanish duo.
Second place moves Masia to fourth place now 55 points behind Garcia’s total. A DNF sees Sasaki slip to sixth overall, with Oncu also passing him in the title standings.