2021 Algarve Moto3 Race Result: A Healthy Serving Of Last Lap Drama

Race day in sunny Portimão got underway with a title on the line and for 20 of the 21 laps, it looked like a straight battle between the two title contenders. However, that final lap swung the pendulum wildly in one direction, allowing Pedro Acosta to take victory and flaunt a golden helmet on his way back to parc fermé, in celebration of becoming the first rookie Moto3 world champion. The baby-faced champ was joined on the podium by different Italians to the one we expected, Andrea Migno and Niccolò Antonelli inheriting a podium on the dramatic final lap.

There was a much tamer start to proceedings, with poleman Sergio Garcia making a good launch ahead of front row companions Adrian Fernandez and John McPhee, dropping Dennis Foggia to 5th. Having started 14th, Acosta made some early progress and climbed into 12th position by the end of the opening lap.

Despite the fast start, Garcia could not hold onto his line at the final corner and allowed Fernandez past, but it was only brief, as Foggia breezed past both Spaniards into turn 1. Job done for the Italian, who put himself in prime position and quickly extended a half second gap at the front. Meanwhile, rival Acosta got feisty and fast on the second lap, overtaking left and right – but mostly around the outside at turn 1 – to climb into fifth position. The rookie continued his run and soon claimed fourth from Fernandez, with only Darryn Binder, Xavier Artigas and half a second separating the two title contenders after the first couple of laps.

Foggia sat pretty in top spot with wingman Artigas right behind him and the hot pace he set shook off most of the challengers over the next few laps, with the exception of Binder and Acosta. Once John McPhee crashed out of 5th place on lap 5, the chasing group led by Migno, Jaume Masia and Garcia dropped a second back on the leaders. However, the shenanigans were starting amongst the leaders and it gave the pursuit a little boost over the next few laps.

Artigas did his best to have his teammate’s back but had to admit defeat to Binder and Acosta by lap 7 and while all eyes were on Foggia, Binder and Acosta trying to find gaps around each other, Migno steadily bridged the gap and brought a sizeable group back into contention. And it was a pretty dangerous one, including the likes of Masia, Antonelli, Fernandez, Alcoba, Garcia, Ayumu Sasaki, Tatsuki Suzuki and Romano Fenati.

Acosta finally made a bid for the lead at turn 1 on lap 10 but ran too hot on the exit and dropped back to 3rd, behind Foggia and Binder. The South African was a quick job for the Spaniard and Masia soon followed suit to have his teammate’s back. Although the title contenders looked strong at the front, the battle was getting pretty feisty right behind them, Masia fending off Binder, Garcia and Antonelli but with seven more riders biding their time with their podium bid.

If Masia was playing wingman, he didn’t do the best job of it as he found the inside of Acosta at turn 1 but then he followed it up with a solid nudge on Foggia at turn 3, allowing Acosta to sweep past as well. By turn 5, it looked like a stroke of genius, Masia allowing Acosta to lead the way and keeping Foggia away from him, but the gifts ended there and Masia retook the lead at turn 1 with 8 laps remaining. An unsettled Acosta looked over his shoulder and lost four more positions at turn 5, to Garcia, Foggia, Binder and Migno.

Foggia was swiftly back in control with 7 laps remaining, while Acosta was fighting with a lively pack of contenders to try to rejoin the podium positions. He did so with six laps remaining and tried to escape from the rest of the pack, but Binder did not make it easy, the two trading second place several times over the next couple of laps. Going into the final five laps, Foggia and Acosta were the headliners once more, the Spaniard lining up a move at every opportunity and successfully getting past at his favourite turn 3 with 3 laps remaining. A move from Garcia lost Foggia a couple more tenths on the leader but the Italian quickly recovered position to start the penultimate lap less than a tenth behind Acosta.

Foggia then found the inside at turn 11 to start the final lap in the lead but Acosta attacked at turn 3 once more and in the blink of an eye, Foggia lost both the race and the championship, as Binder hit the back of the Italian’s machine in an overly optimistic lunge on Garcia and took both Foggia and Garcia out of contention. Acosta was left to cruise to victory, with Migno and Antonelli inheriting the remaining podium positions. Binder took fourth at the chequered flag but was promptly disqualified for irresponsible riding, allowing Alcoba to inherit fourth, ahead of Guevara and Sasaki, who joined the top 6 despite serving long lap penalties early in the race. Fenati, Artigas, Suzuki and Salac held on to complete the top 10 positions.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 38'04.339
2 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.354
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.880
4 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +1.768
5 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +1.839
6 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +1.874
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +1.972
8 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +2.333
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +3.423
10 12 Filip Salac KTM +6.591
11 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +6.940
12 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +9.392
13 96 Daniel Holgado KTM +9.930
14 66 Joel Kelso KTM +9.996
15 67 Alberto Surra Honda +10.416
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +11.650
17 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +11.695
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +11.736
19 5 Jaume Masia KTM +13.616
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +30.001
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +30.183
22 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +30.249
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 8 Laps
Not Classified
  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1 Lap
  11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1 Lap
  17 John McPhee Honda 17 Laps
  40 Darryn Binder Honda 0 Lap
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Darren Binder should be banned from the sport for a year. During that year he should study up on how to act on a racetrack. I've not been this disgusted with a rider in a long time. Dbag Binder robbed DF7 and the entire world of a great last lap with championship implications. This little sh*t has been an out of control puppy for a long time and his little accidents were cute at times. Time to dog up and quit pissing on the floor, Dbag. Today Darren Binder is a disgrace. 

Oh, and congrats to PA37. I wrote right here at the end of FP1 at Qatar 1 that Suzuki should sign him. I saw him dive up the inside of John McPhee for no reason other than he needed to do it. Was all I needed to see. Congratuations to him for a magnificent season.

And just think - next year he'll be on a MotoGP bike.

We were definitely robbed of a great last lap dual, it's a shame it ended how it did after all the work Foggia did the last few rounds.

I'm not a great fan of Binder, but I think he's getting some unfair stick for this one. He was racing for a podium on the last lap, went for a pass, and the guys in front of him got involved, Foggia went a little wide and no doubt slowed a bit, and Binder tagged him in the middle of his own pass. Just a last-lap incident to my mind, tragic for Foggia, but if there hadn't been the title at stake I don't think there'd have been so much fuss over it.

As for his going to Moto GP next year, I'm pretty dubious. But the Petronas group went way out in left field with Quartararo as well. Who knows?

But a title WAS at stake. That's what makes this so egregious. "Don't interfere with the championship contenders" should be drilled into these guys' heads until they get it.

Next to last race. Last lap. Title contenders first and second. Stay the f out of it.

The guy was running his own race, looking for a podium. It's not his job to give that up to help somebody else. I'll guess we'll have to disagree on this one.

The Championship is bigger than any one racer. It's long time standing tradition that no one unnecessarily insert themselves into the championship battle at the end of the season. That MM did it doesn't make it right. DB had no business getting involved with the front 2 riders. No business. We do disagree.

Darryn wasn't getting involved with the top 2 at that point. Previous to that he had gotten involved. So had Masia, Garcia and Artigas and some i can't remember. A lot of riders had been involved with Acosta when he was climbing his way back from a relatively poor starting position. It's called racing.

I'm fairly certain that every single rider on the grid was aware of the championship position and to some degree used more caution around Foggia and Acosta than usual. Well, some did and some didn't. Masia was fairly harsh, considering the championship, with both of them. Pulled his usual coup de grace a few laps later...luckily while not in the company of Acosta or Foggia.

Did you see Garcia get in hot at turn 3 also ? Both Garcia and Binder closed at a rapid rate on Foggia. Not because they were trying to overtake Foggia but because Garcia braked late and Binder later because they were fighting for 3rd. Binder had nowhere to go. Garcia on his left, Foggia ahead. Tried his best but took a first class ticket to destination f***ed as Aussie man says. Maybe Binder was going to brake later than Garcia no matter what.

The timing is essential. If Binder and Garcia had arrived at that point a fraction later then it would have been..."Wooo Binder and Garcia scraping it out for third at turn 3 what..an...amazing race." That didn't happen and yes Mr Binder has got to wear the stupid hat for a while which anybody would expect given the circumstances.

It's a race and things happen. Either rider could have been wiped out from lap one onwards. Shame it happened. Anyway, title or not, Foggia looked absolutely amazing this last half of the season. Misano will not be forgotten for a good while.

He made a mistake at exactly the wrong place and at exactly the wrong time. Quite a common one too, not just for him but in pretty much any form of racing. These mistakes happen. Same thing could have happened in that race to Garcia or Massia or probably many others down the field including Acosta. Go for a move, riders ahead of your battle also battle and suddenly they are a lot slower and exactly where you suddenly don't need them to be. Beyond that the worst you can say is that it really wasn't the occasion considering what was at stake. Racers be racing.

Darryn will cop a lot of stick for this and he deserves it, he screwed it. He deserved his DSQ and again that penalty is only a DSQ because of the context in the championship. No more is needed i feel.

DB should be sentenced to look at the Motogp winner's trophy for a week. Wth is that? LOL Cheers, Davey! 

Stayed in Luz on the beachfront, great weekend, the Portuguese so exited to see their sweetheart at their home GP now they can attend and a great shame it turned out the way it did for MO88. We saw folk walking in from miles away, families that clearly weren't rolling in cash, but have pooled everything for their (very) big day out. They really mucked up the shuttle buses but nobody really complained, it was a well-mannered, good humoured weekend at a beauty of a track: shades of Raidillon at Spa and many other iconic circuits, a real test of the premier classes of motorcycles.

FWIW, Binder was a complete dick, how he felt he could divebomb (good phrase, I think it'll catch on...), two clever riders is beyond me, slower or not, Binder is behind...It should've gone to Valencia but hey ho-not the way Pedro wanted to win but anyway, very well done to him, superb.

A lot of conjecture (before this!), about why DB40 got a MotoGP ride and after seeing this, I'm worried; it was almost the MM93 (version Moto2) shade of red mist.

As I wrote in an earlier comment on the Petronas  SRT/SNF shifty business, Darryn Binder is about as ready for a MotoGp ride as I am (I'm 76 years old). He has about as much judgement as my four year old dachshund. Bad enough with a 250cc single; with 300 horsepower, he will hurt people.

Darryn made a lot of good moves in that race. Hard but fair. Massia at least made a good spread of messing Foggia and Acosta around. Darryn's a big lad on a toy bike. He's plenty fast though. I can't see him jumping up to MotoGP and being the same for a good while. He's going to have to go through getting his ass handed to him on a regular basis in a hyper competitive field. He's going to have a good team mate to help him see the light if he's being an idiot. He's going to be sharing the grid with the best. A learning process which will see him mature quite a bit i imagine. Sure he has earned his name tag well but it will change him...if not his career will be a very short one.

I think aside from the fact that he torpedoed DF7 and scuttled his championship bid, Darryn Binder is a serial offender who has received numerous penalties already this season. He didn't get the nickname "Divebomb Darryn" because of his clean racing style. All these facts weighed in to the decision to DQ him, same as the penalty handed out to Denis Oncu. Something has to be done to rein in the antics of some of these repeat offenders. 
Everybody got a big kick out of "Divebomb Darryn", including Steve Day and Mat Birt, who reveled in his antics as he barged his way to the front. But now, subsequent to the unfortunate deaths of several young riders this season, these types of racing tactics are being frowned upon and penalized with a heavy hand.

Mistakes like this happen, yes. Especially on the small bikes. But taking out your TEAMMATE who is in a showdown for the TITLE?! My immediate first thought was Pedrosa - Hayden. 

Not going to make greater more generalized statements like "superlicense" or that the he shouldn't be racing in higher classes because of this, but it is brought into question. This isn't a kind of mistake you get to make and not have consequences. It isn't one taken lightly, just like barging into that lead battle careening like a battering ram isn't to be. 

He got DQ'd. His team is livid with him. He has this hanging around his neck as a standout feature arriving in MotoGP. RD is at the ready. There are some natural consequences. We are all openly criticizing his being brought into MotoGP. Of all the 2022 riders he may be the most questionable. 

You just don't put yourself into that place where this goes on. The previous corner his full gas move was great. We can all plainly see where and when he puts his blinders on and begins the binning of the leaders line, then neglects to check himself up into a bit of space. It didn't "happen to him." If it did, that isn't a top class rider. 

There are riders I prefer in his 2022 seat. He better be clean and fast. Teams notice. This effects careers. For Dennis AND Darryn. If there are bonuses for doing what Dennis was doing, I wonder what a team might have for what Darryn did? (I had to clean toilets when I arrived late at a job in college, and it got me there on time). Perhaps he is getting that via natural consequences we can see now and some logical ones that follow? Let's see if he can "get it" here. If not, the "strikes" do accumulate. 

Team statement "Darryn Binder has thrown away all the effort and hard work of our team this year. it wasn't just a race incident." Ouch!

They are team mates ? Leopard and Petronas are same team ?

He couldn't check himself up into any space, he had Garcia with him. He wasn't racing Foggia. If you swap Garcia and Binder left to right then Garcia might...might have just gotten away with it. They were racing each other and Binder screwed up. Unlucky for Foggia.

^ So right. Sorry, I saw aqua colors and hopped right along. My mistake. Also, I need to wear my new glasses! 

We may also be missing congrats to a deserving Acosta too, eh? Rookie kid wins it! 

 

... to the kid. The orange beginner's vest was a nice touch, but the fishing rod thing was dim. People need to hire the Rossi fan club to organize post-race celebrations, lol.

Everybody here trashing Binder should watch the MotoGP post race press conference featuring Pecco, Mir and Jack. At the end they are all asked what they think of Binder in view of his advancement directly into MotoGP next season. This question launched an elaborate discussion between all three riders. Pecco started rather softly, while Mir was pretty aggressive. Jack's opinion was that all riders make mistakes, even the GOAT (Rossi) has done the exact same thing after 9 World titles. He did not think Binder should miss races because of an accident. Anyway, it is a pretty good and educated discussion!

All the pundits' criticisms pale into insignificance in the light of the statement from his own team. That would really hurt.