Moto3 Czech Republic: Foggia claims maiden win ahead of Arenas in Brno

Leopard Racing's Dennis Foggia prevailed in a tense battle in the Czech Grand Prix to claim his first win in Moto3, while Albert Arenas opened up his championship lead again

Gresini rider Gabriel Rodrigo muscled his Honda into the lead from second on the grid at the start, though he would be usurped by Arenas from seventh on the grid at Turn 3.

A near-highside for Rodrigo at the Turn 7 left-hander broke the pack up from Arenas, who managed to open up a lead of eight tenths of a second by the end of the lap and threatened to break away.

Aspar's Arenas is carrying some nasty bruising on his left leg following his fast crash from the lead at the Andalusian GP last month and admitted he didn't expect to be able to race at Brno.

His lead was eaten into by the chasing pack by lap three, with poleman Raul Fernandez attempting - but failing to execute - a pass for the lead on his Ajo KTM at Turn 9.

By lap six, Arenas had been relieved of his lead from Foggia, who fended off all attacks on the position through to the final lap.

Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura launched a raid on Foggia on the last lap into Turn 3, but the Leopard rider scythed back through at Turn 4.

Foggia's hopes were dealt a boost when Arenas carved up Ogura at Turn 12 for the run up the hill to the penultimate corner, giving the Leopard rider enough margin to get through the final turns safely to claim his first win.

It comes after the Italian left Valentino Rossi's VR46 Academy at the end of last year.

Arenas opened up his championship lead back up to 18 points after taking the chequered flag in second, which he admitted in parc ferme came as a result of "learning to suffer" with his injury.

Ogura moves into second in the standings after claiming third, with Niccolo Antonelli just missing out on the rostrum in fourth on the sole-remaining SIC 58 Honda after Tatsuki Suzuki crashed out on lap 10.

John McPhee came from 18th on the grid after a crash in qualifying to finish fifth on the Petronas Sprinta Honda, which keeps him third in the standings, 19 points down on Arenas.

Fernandez was sixth at the chequered flag ahead of Gresini's Jeremy Alcoba, while Tony Arbolino (Snipers Honda) was awarded eighth ahead of Max Racing's Romano Fenati following a photo finish.

Stefano Nepa completed the top 10 on the second Aspar bike.

Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix Results - 18 laps

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Dennis Foggia Leopard Racing 39m06.370s
2 Albert Arenas Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3 0.205s
3 Ai Ogura Honda Team Asia 0.251s
4 Niccolo Antonelli SIC58 Squadra Corse 0.381s
5 John McPhee Petronas Sprinta Racing 0.509s
6 Raul Fernandez Red Bull KTM Ajo 0.808s
7 Jeremy Alcoba Kommerling Gresini Moto3 0.889s
8 Tony Arbolino Rivacold Snipers Team 1.647s
9 Romano Fenati Sterilgarda Max Racing Team 1.648s
10 Stefano Nepa Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3 8.815s
11 Kaito Toba Red Bull KTM Ajo 8.828s
12 Darryn Binder CIP - Green Power 8.849s
13 Celestino Vietti SKY Racing Team VR46 8.866s
14 Andrea Migno SKY Racing Team VR46 8.986s
15 Deniz Oncu Red Bull KTM Tech 3 9.089s
16 Sergio Garcia Estrella Galicia 0,0 9.124s
17 Ryusei Yamanaka Estrella Galicia 0,0 9.589s
18 Carlos Tatay Reale Avintia Moto3 9.723s
19 Gabriel Rodrigo Kommerling Gresini Moto3 12.594s
20 Ayumu Sasaki Red Bull KTM Tech 3 12.656s
21 Barry Baltus CarXpert PruestelGP 23.720s
22 Khairul Idham Pawi Petronas Sprinta Racing 23.766s
23 Jason Dupasquier CarXpert PruestelGP 31.955s
24 Davide Pizzoli BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy 36.734s
25 Filip Salac Rivacold Snipers Team 47.046s
- Jaume Masia Leopard Racing Retirement
- Yuki Kunii Honda Team Asia Retirement
- Tatsuki Suzuki SIC58 Squadra Corse Retirement
- Alonso Lopez Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Retirement
- Maximilian Kofler CIP - Green Power Retirement
- Riccardo Rossi BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy Retirement

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