News 8 Aug 2022

Momentum builds for Bagnaia with British GP victory

Three-in-row for Fernandez in Moto2, Foggia supreme in Moto3.

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Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia held on to take the victory in round 12 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship at Silverstone, as Augusto Fernandez and Dennis Foggia emerged on top in Moto2 and Moto3.

The Italian bested Aprilia Racing Team’s Maverick Vinales by just 0.436s, with P2 for the number 12 marking his second consecutive podium finish and best result since joining the Noale factory.

Australia’s Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) completed the rostrum, only two-tenths shy of Vinales as Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) recovered from contact in the opening corner – where he damaged his winglet – to finish fourth, crucially ahead of Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing).

The top placed RC16 rider was Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in sixth, ahead of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team) and MotoGP rookie Marco Bezzechi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) who completed the top 10.

Notably, Espargaro crashed heavily on Saturday in FP4 and was stretchered away from the track. He finished Sunday’s British GP in a visible amount of pain. Also, Quartararo completed a long lap penalty issued for his contact with Espargaro in the previous round at Assen, and pole-setter Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) led the race for the opening four laps before crashing out of contention. Remy Gardner (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) finished P18.

Points-wise, Quartararo leads Espargaro by 22, with Bagnaia’s victory edging him closer to the top and is now 49 points from ‘El Diablo’ as the number 63 continues to build momentum.

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A last lap move by Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) into turn 16 secured the Spaniard his third consecutive Moto2 victory, with a nail-biting 0.070s margin to Alonso Lopez (CAG Speed Up) at the chequered flag.

Home-hero Jake Dixon (GasGas Aspar Team) finished third, six-tenths from the lead as Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) completed the top five.

Fernandez leads the 2022 Moto2 World Championship with 13 point margin ahead of Ogura, as Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) is third a further two points adrift. The Italian finished sixth at Silverstone after serving a long lap penalty.

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It was a dream outcome for Foggia in Moto3, taking a perfect 25 points as title-rivals Garcia and Guevara were both taken out in separate incidents.

Closing trailing the Leopard Racing rider across the line was Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Deniz Oncu (Red Bull KTM Tech3), the pair completing the rostrum ahead of Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power) and Stefano Nepa (Angeluss MTA Team).

Garcia (Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team) was tagged at turn 13 by Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max) on lap 15, while Guevera (Gaviota GasGas Aspar Team) was brought down at Stowe on the final lap by Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Team).

The number 11 now leads his teammate by three points in the 2022 Moto3 World Championship, with Foggia third, now 42 points from the top.

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