At the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, Ai Ogura won the Moto2 race, thrilling home fans, while Izan Guevara improved his chances of winning the Moto3 championship.
On grand prix Sunday at Motegi, the 20-lap Moto3 race got things started. The torrential rain from Saturday gave way to bright, sunny skies.
As the breakaway leading four, Aspar’s Guevara, Leopard Honda’s Dennis Foggia, Max Racing Husqvarna rider Ayumu Sasaki, and Ajo KTM’s Jaume Masia ran line behind for the majority of the race.
Guevara would make the critical move in the final minutes and finished 0.593 seconds ahead of Foggia to earn his fifth victory of the 2022 campaign.
Sergio Garcia, the Aspar GasGas motorist’s teammate and closest championship challenger, was in fourth place at the finish line 9.3 seconds behind the winner and is currently 45 points back.
Masia appeared to be posing a threat in the final minutes, but he suffered a severe crash coming through the left-hand Turn 12 when the back of his KTM broke off and flipped him into a highside.
Foggia moved up to second while Sasaki, the former leader, finished third at home.
Garcia held off David Munoz of BOE Motorsports KTM to finish in fourth place. Diogo Moreira of MT Helmets KTM, John McPhee of Max Racing, Ryusei Yamanaka of the sibling MT Helmets bike, Andrea Migno of Snipers Honda, and Riccardo Rossi of the SIC58 Honda completed the top 10.
For home favourite and poleman Tatsuki Suzuki, who crashed his Leopard Honda in the early going while leading the race, Sunday was not a great story.
|11||Xavier Artigas||CF MOTO||22.023||5|
|13||Iván Ortolá Díez||KTM||22.914||3|
|17||Mario Suryo Aji||Honda||45.199|
|21||Kaito Toba||KTM||3 Laps|
|Jaume Masia||KTM||4 Laps|
|Lorenzo Fellon||Honda||11 Laps|
|Nicola Fabio||KTM||14 Laps|
|Tatsuki Suzuki||Honda||16 Laps|
|Daniel Holgado||KTM||17 Laps|
|Kanta Hamada||Honda||17 Laps|
|Carlos Tatay||CF MOTO|
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