Augusto Fernandez started the Moto2 race at Motegi with a 7-point lead over Ai Ogura and both started 11th and 13th, focused on their fight for the title rather than thinking about a victory if they couldn’t see it clearly and who are the riders with a track record zero bet still, with Arón Canet, the poleman, and his teammates from the front row, but they were eliminated one after the other and finally the two strong man of the world championship Ogura finished first and Fernández was second with a new podium for Alonso López. The distance between them in the general reduced to 2 points in favor of the Spanish.
The race was very open as they did not drive in hot and dry conditions all weekend. Canet maintained his privileged position ahead of Aldeguer and they both looked like a shot. Ogura also started like lightning and was in fifth before the end of the first lap and Augusto Fernández passed tenth keeping the virtual lead by just two points.
Canet took Aldeguer with a hook causing him to fall on the third lap and from behind they connected Idemitsu Asia Chantra and Ogura 1″7 behind the Valencian, joined by Arbolino and Alonso López. But the race of Canet going through the tricky turn 9 on the fourth lap leaving Chantra leading the race Corbera’s man was unlucky when he started from pole, the other two times in 2022 he also finished on the ground and failed to option of a third Spanish triplet followed in the same fall.
Chantra, López, Ogura and Arbolino remained in the lead, Dixon chased by 1″7 Dixon and the leader Augusto Fernández, who began to close the gap. On the seventh lap, the man from Madrid took the lead and a lap later the leader. from Losail to Silverstone Vietti added the umpteenth fall that already rules him definitively.
By the ninth lap, the sextet led by Alonso López and Augusto Fernández, who were the fastest on the track at the time, were in the lead. Right in the middle of López’s career, Ogura and Fernández already have a virtual podium and the Balearic he now saved the lead by three points and was on pace to win the race as the top two battled for the lead. But with 9 remaining Ogura combined to overtake López and with him the virtual leadership of 2 points. Augusto had trouble catching up to the man from Madrid, who didn’t consolidate until two laps later and the Japanese man escaped by 1″7, but in return he restored the virtual lead by 2 points.
Ogura won the first victory for a local rider in the intermediate category at the Japanese GP since 2006, a win in 250cc now that his team manager, Hiro Aoyama, is the last world champion of this nationality.
Regarding the remaining Spaniards, Pedro Acosta was seventh, Albert Arenas eighth and Marcos Ramírez 20th and Jeremy Alcoba crashed in the last lap, Navarro two from the end, Arón Canet (twice) and Aldeguer. Manu González did not take part in the race due to the impact of the strong stick that occurred on Saturday
Source: La Verdad
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