2022 Silverstone Moto3 Race Result: A Dramatic Return To Action

Fresh off a bout of sunbathing, lightweight class riders were in top form as race day got underway at Silverstone and the usual chaos ensued over 17 long laps under the sun. With over a dozen riders in contention amongst the leaders, it predictably came down to the final lap, when Dennis Foggia made an enthusiastic return to the top step of the podium. The Italian had to fend off a particularly feisty Jaume Masia, whose qualifying woes left him 21st on the grid but didn’t stop him from making another impressive comeback onto the second step of the podium. Deniz Öncü was another consistent fixture at the front of the pack but eventually had to settle for a solid third place.

The main actors were slightly different as the lights went off on the grid, when poleman Diogo Moreira was immediately challenged by his front row colleagues, Izan Guevara and Ryusei Yamanaka. Guevara was in charge of proceedings at the start of lap two, but Öncü had come to the fore as well, with Ayumu Sasaki making some early progress to join the leaders. While Moreira was kept busy by the Leopard Racing machines, championship leader Sergio Garcia was still lingering at the bottom of the top 10 and trying to bridge an early half second deficit to the leading group ahead. David Muñoz was keen to be in the mix as well and despite a long lap penalty dropping him down to 14th early on, the rookie was quick to recover ground and rejoin the leaders.

Although Guevara kept the lead of the group for the next couple of laps, there was quite a queue forming behind him, with Öncü, Tatsuki Suzuki and John McPhee in prime position to challenge the Spaniard. However, the first challenge that stuck came from Foggia, who attacked at the start of lap 6 to take control of the feisty pack. Masia had joined the list of challengers meanwhile, the Spaniard making quick progress in a handful of laps, from 21st on the grid right up to 5th, while compatriot Garcia was still lingering at the bottom of the top 10.

Foggia’s mistake at Brooklands allowed rivals to squabble for the lead, first Guevara, then Suzuki and Öncü taking turns at the front on lap 7. Foggia quickly composed himself to reclaim prime position one lap later, while a particularly busy turn 7 pushed Guevara out of the top 5 and left him directly behind his teammate.

Having teammate Suzuki as a wingman over the next couple laps helped Foggia extend a half second gap over the rest of the pack by lap 10, while Suzuki battled the likes of Muñoz, Öncü and Sasaki. Back in the title battle, Garcia finally had the upper hand, helped by Guevara struggling to improve on 10th position, stuck in between Dani Holgado and McPhee. Meanwhile, Moreira and Yamanaka were still in leading group but close to slipping out of point scoring positions in 14th and 15th.

Although Foggia continued his march at the front, Suzuki could not keep rivals behind for much longer and Öncü managed to bridge the gap to the leader with 7 laps remaining, the Turkish rider attacking one lap later. Öncü and the Leopard boys continued their exchanges and the KTM rider was back in charge of proceedings with 4 laps remaining, but some new challengers had emerged. A notable presence amongst the leading group was that of Ivan Ortolá, the rookie joining the top five after starting 18th on the grid, ahead of Masia and Muñoz, who had kept him company towards the back of the grid as well. Ortolá went on to briefly take the lead with 3 laps remaining, but his rollercoaster of a race was soon to come hurtling back down – much like the Aspar boys were about experience. Garcia had climbed as high as fourth for those final laps but disaster struck when he got tagged by Sasaki at turn 13, taking both riders out in the gravel. That handed the lead in the world championship to teammate Guevara, who was still stuck at the bottom of the top 10, but Stowe found with Guevara in the wrong place at the wrong time, on the outside of an unlucky Ortolá crashing out on the final lap.

Back at the front, Öncü had held onto the lead going into that final lap, but Foggia and Masia attacked at the right time to avoid the chaos behind and sneak ahead on the podium. The last lap shenanigans also saw Suzuki and Muñoz crash out and while the gravel was still settling, Foggia took the chequered flag two tenths of a second ahead of Masia and Öncü. Kaito Toba came out of pretty much nowhere to claim fourth, ahead of Stefano Nepa and poleman Moreira. McPhee, Yamanaka, Andrea Migno and Carlos Tatay completed the top 10 after the eventful final handful of laps.

The dramatic final couple of laps restored the status quo in the world championship standings, Garcia maintaining a three-point advantage over Guevara, while Foggia’s victory helped him back into the fight, reducing his deficit to 42 points.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 37:30.1200
2 5 Jaume Masia KTM 0.252
3 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 0.297
4 27 Kaito Toba KTM 0.738
5 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 0.762
6 10 Diogo Moreira KTM 0.881
7 17 John McPhee Husqvarna 0.932
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 0.936
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1.108
10 99 Carlos Tatay CFMoto 1.790
11 43 Xavier Artigas CFMoto 1.827
12 19 Scott Ogden Honda 2.050
13 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2.186
14 54 Riccardo Rossi Honda 2.383
15 31 Adrian Fernandez KTM 21.029
16 23 Elia Bartolini KTM 21.064
17 64 Mario Suryo Aji Honda 21.188
18 72 Taiyo Furusato Honda 21.243
19 67 Alberto Surra Honda 21.430
20   Nicola Fabio Carraro   21.454
21 70 Joshua Whatley Honda 30.280
22   Marc Garcia   42.153
23 22 Ana Carrasco KTM 42.165
Not Classified
  96 Daniel Holgado KTM 38:08.8820
  28 Izan Guevara GasGas 35:17.6120
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 35:17.2060
  44 David Muñoz KTM 35:17.1570
  48 Ivan Ortola KTM 35:17.1040
  71 Ayumu Sasaki Husqvarna 30:51.9170
  11 Sergio Garcia GasGas 30:51.7290
Round Number: 
12
2022
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Why was Oncu not sanctioned for clattering into Suzuki, resulting in Suzuki crashing out on the exit of Stowe? Oncu used Suzuki as a berm! IMHO Oncu is a dirty rider, I think the move was deliberate!

In my opinion, everyone who's a protege of Sofuoglu has a problem with being way over-aggressive, both Oncu brothers and Toprak.

To be honest I didn't see Oncu clatter into Suzuki. I don't think Oncu is dirty. Too aggressive...yes. Needs to have a good shake of his head, have a think...yes 100%. Oncu screwed up Stowe by trying to squeeze down the right hand side of Masia while Masia was on the right hand edge of the track. That, added to Masia diving down the inside of Foggia, ended with Oncu screwing up his approach to and through Stowe. A 'slow' Oncu and a fast approaching Ortola then came together. Unfortunate but ultimately Ortola's problem. Poor Guevara way out of the way to the left of the track collected by Ortola. Suzuki wasn't able to take the line he wanted I think because Oncu was there, Suzuki runs it out wide through Stowe. On the exit Suzuki never runs out to the edge of the track, he doesn't need to, he's slow. Normally they do, right out to the far edge of the kerb. I think Oncu is expecting that Suzuki would be running out wider on the exit than he did. I think Suzuki is eyes on Vale already. A small bump (not really a clatter) with Oncu running out from Stowe and Suzuki also running out but trying to keep it tighter, both full gas, last lap of race. Suzuki high sides. Racing incident.

My opinion, I think Oncu needs a bit of a head scratch. He's fast, no doubt. He's daring, exciting, will battle and do awesome moves with a lot of skill. However, it does seem that race after race he's too often acting in a way which doesn't suit the context. I think there has to be some rapport between the riders in a Moto3 gaggle. Everybody is trying to screw everybody for the win but acting within a sort of genre. It seems Oncu is the one playing NWA during the Grand Ole Opry. That results in things happening around him. Impossible to say but I think if it was McPhee instead of Oncu running towards Stowe somehow Ortola wouldn't have hit him. A Holgado might have decided to take advantage of his screwed up Stowe and keep tight on the exit to avoid any carnage, or avoid a Suzuki. More often than not, karma does seem to have teeth and it's usually Oncu who suffers. Not on this occasion though.

It's worth thinking back over the last few years of Moto3 and counting how many complete 'f*** you all' riders have been and remain on the grid. One perspective might be that Oncu needs to stop screwing up his races and then he would fit right in. Oncu is also 'branded' now. Twice during the race he removed a tear off on the run from Copse corner and twice this was reported by the commentary team as Oncu trying to get some discipline into the pack, follow me, follow me. I think even Oncu has learnt (took him a good while though) that you can't herd cats.

My first thought re. Suzuki being taken out by Oncu was ‘last lap, all bets are off’ but as you articulated, there was quite a bit more to it than that. Agree that Oncu otherwise raced an atypical race for him.

SUPER impressed by Ortola - like Lopez in Moto 2 he seems to have remarkable race pace and smarts, one to watch.

Thanks mate. To be honest I haven't found any video of Suzuki's line through Stowe. If he had gone very wide on the exit he may well have run out to the kerb on the exit but reached it very early. The most natural thing would be to then make a line for Vale. Really difficult to know anything. Really difficult for a rider on the inside of a turn to know what is going on to the outside of that turn. If you imagined a  'standard of proof' for deliberately causing a collision on the last lap of a Moto3 races you may need supplemental oxygen to reach it.