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MotoGP Japanese GP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 race results

Ai Ogura delighted home fans with victory in the Moto2 race at the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, as Izan Guevara strengthened his Moto3 title hopes with a win.

Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia

Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia

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The 20-lap Moto3 race kicked off proceedings on grand prix Sunday at Motegi, with the stormy conditions seen on Saturday giving way to beaming sunshine.

Aspar’s Guevara, Leopard Honda’s Dennis Foggia, Max Racing Husqvarna rider Ayumu Sasaki and Ajo KTM’s Jaume Masia ran line astern for much of the race as the breakaway leading quartet.

Guevara would make his decisive move in the latter stages and got to the chequered flag 0.593 seconds clear of Foggia to claim his fifth win of the 2022 season.

The Aspar GasGas rider’s teammate and nearest championship rival Sergio Garcia was a distance 9.3s adrift in fourth at the chequered flag and is now 45 points down in the championship.

Masia looked threatening in the latter stages, but crashed out heavily going through the Turn 12 left-hander when the rear of his KTM broke away and tipped him into a highside.

This released Foggia into second, as long-time leader Sasaki completed the podium on home soil.

Garcia fended off BOE Motorsports KTM rider David Munoz for fourth, with MT Helmets KTM’s Diogo Moreira heading Max Racing’s John McPhee, the sister MT Helmets bike of Ryusei Yamanaka, Snipers Honda’s Andrea Migno and Riccardo Rossi on the SIC58 Honda rounding out the top 10.

There was no fairy tale Sunday for home favourite poleman Tatsuki Suzuki, who crashed his Leopard Honda in the early stages while running in the lead group.

Izan Guevara, GasGas Aspar Team

Izan Guevara, GasGas Aspar Team

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Moto3 results

Cla Rider Bike Gap Points
1 Spain Izan Guevara
GASGAS 25
2 Italy Dennis Foggia
Honda 0.593 20
3 Japan Ayumu Sasaki
Husqvarna 1.741 16
4 Spain Sergio García
GASGAS 9.338 13
5 Spain David Munoz
KTM 9.414 11
6 Brazil Diogo Moreira
KTM 9.743 10
7 United Kingdom John McPhee
Husqvarna 9.815 9
8 Japan Ryusei Yamanaka
KTM 15.490 8
9 Italy Andrea Migno
Honda 15.573 7
10 Italy Riccardo Rossi
Honda 15.687 6
11 Spain Xavier Artigas
CF MOTO 22.023 5
12 Italy Stefano Nepa
KTM 22.656 4
13 Spain Iván Ortolá Díez
KTM 22.914 3
14 Japan Taiyo Furusato
Honda 24.419 2
15 Turkey Deniz Öncü
KTM 30.368 1
16 Italy Elia Bartolini
KTM 45.070
17 Indonesia Mario Suryo Aji
Honda 45.199
18 Mexico Adrian Fernandez
KTM 48.531
19 Spain Ana Carrasco
KTM 53.259
20 United Kingdom Scott Ogden
Honda 1'06.056
21 Japan Kaito Toba
KTM 3 Laps
Spain Jaume Masia
KTM 4 Laps
France Lorenzo Fellon
Honda 11 Laps
Italy Nicola Fabio
KTM 14 Laps
Japan Tatsuki Suzuki
Honda 16 Laps
Spain Daniel Holgado
KTM 17 Laps
Kanta Hamada
Honda 17 Laps
Spain Carlos Tatay
CF MOTO
Australia Joel Kelso
KTM
United Kingdom Joshua Whatley
Honda

In the 22-lap Moto2 race, drama struck early on as poleman Aron Canet crashed out of a healthy lead on the fourth tour.

This thrust Honda Team Asia’s Ogura into a victory fight having carved his way into the top five in the early stages from 13th on the grid.

Once in front, Ogura opened up a lead of over a second to keep championship rival Augusto Fernandez on the Ajo KTM-run Kalex in second at bay.

Alonso Lopez completed the podium on his Speed Up ahead of Aspar’s Jake Dixon and brief leader Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia).

Tony Arbolino faded out of podium contention to sixth for Marc VDS ahead of Aragon winner Pedro Acosta (Ajo KTM), Aspar’s Albert Arenas, SAG Racing’s Bo Bendsneyder and the Gresini Kalex of Filip Salac.

Ogura’s third win of 2022 means he is now just two points from Fernandez in the standings, while crashes for Canet and VR46’s Celestino Vietti have all but ended their hopes at 57 and 72 points adrift.

Moto2 results

Cla Rider Bike Gap Points
1 Japan Ai Ogura
Kalex 25
2 Spain Augusto Fernandez
Kalex 1.192 20
3 Spain Alonso López
Boscoscuro B-21 7.168 16
4 United Kingdom Jake Dixon
Kalex 7.597 13
5 Thailand Somkiat Chantra
Kalex 12.255 11
6 Italy Tony Arbolino
Kalex 14.189 10
7 Spain Pedro Acosta
Kalex 14.520 9
8 Spain Albert Arenas
Kalex 18.410 8
9 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder
Kalex 20.398 7
10 Czech Republic Filip Salač
Kalex 23.140 6
11 United States Cameron Beaubier
Kalex 23.604 5
12 United States Joe Roberts
Kalex 23.733 4
13 Germany Marcel Schrotter
Kalex 24.171 3
14 Belgium Barry Baltus
Kalex 33.795 2
15 Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta
Kalex 35.548 1
16 Netherlands Zonta van den Goorbergh
Kalex 40.006
17 Japan Taiga Hada
Kalex 42.496
18 Thailand Keminth Kubo
Kalex 46.492
19 United States Sean Dylan Kelly
Kalex 49.126
20 Spain Marcos Ramirez
MV Agusta 1'09.754
Spain Jeremy Alcoba
Kalex
Spain Jorge Navarro
Kalex
Italy Niccolo Antonelli
Kalex
Spain Arón Canet
Kalex
Italy Celestino Vietti Ramus
Kalex
Italy Simone Corsi
MV Agusta
Italy Alessandro Zaccone
Kalex
Spain Fermin Aldeguer
Boscoscuro B-21
Spain Manuel Gonzalez
Kalex

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