Ten days, ten riders: this summer, GP Inside invites you to discover the riders who could make MotoGP’s good days in the coming years. The time has come to mention the Italian Dennis Foggia. A title contender for several seasons in Moto3, the Leopard Racing rider remains an ambitious young man.
Name: Dennis Foggia
Date of birth: 07/01/2001 (21 years old) in Rome (Italy)
Team: Leopard Racing
Races: 84 (84 in Moto3)
Best rounds: 3
Best Overall Ranking:
– Moto3: 2nd (2021)
Dennis Foggia comes to the CEV Moto3 Championship in 2016 with the VR46 Riders Academy, three years after his Spanish 80cc title. On the podium in his first race (2nd in Valencia), the Italian has been a very consistent rookie throughout the season. Finally he takes seventh place in the championship with 79 points and another podium in the last round. A serious title contender the following year, the 16-year-old took four wins and a further five podiums to become the Moto3 Junior World Champion. A year in which the Romanian was offered three wild cards in the Moto3 world championship, marked by three points finishes.
Sky Racing Team VR46 decided to offer him a full-time position for 2018. After several good races where he finished in the top 10, his third place in Thailand improved his season. Nineteenth in the championship with 55 points, Dennis Foggia did not manage to advance much the following year. Still in the Italian team, the transalpinist remains regular without playing with the leaders. His second Moto3 podium, third in Aragon, is the only highlight of his season. The Romanian is in twelfth place with 97 points.
In 2020, Dennis Foggia changes air by joining Leopard Racing. The Italian gets used to the Honda very quickly after leaving a KTM. From his fourth Grand Prix, the Transalpin won his first World Championship race in Brno. But his inconsistency did not allow him to fight for the title: he finished tenth with 89 points and two additional podiums. Its fourth season, in 2021, is the one of revelation. Having reached maturity, Dennis Foggia fights for the title. But the 20-year-old driver’s very irregular start to the season put him well behind future champion Pedro Acosta. Despite an impressive run of six consecutive podiums, including three wins, the Italian became Moto3 runner-up 43 points clear of the KTM nugget.
Current season: 3rd in the championship (115 points)
At the dawn of the 2022 financial year, Dennis Foggia was the favorite for the Moto3 title. It was without the powerful duo of the GASGAS Aspar Team: Izan Guevara-Sergio Garcia. The two Spaniards often monopolize the first two positions, relegating the Italian to third position in the championship. The Leopard Racing driver started the year well with a win in the second race in Indonesia, followed by two podiums (2nd in Argentina and Austin).
Well placed without moving up in the area (8th in Portugal, 4th in Le Mans), Dennis Foggia lost a lot at the end of the first part of the season. His three retirements (Mugello, Catalunya, Assen) made him fall behind in the championship. His second place at the Sachsenring saves a more than mixed record.
Aiming for 67 points of the leader Sergio Garcia, the Italian has not said goodbye to the title. With nine Grand Prix up for grabs, anything is possible. To finally win the Grail, Dennis Foggia will first have to win races to get the most points. When he is not able to take the lead under the checkered flag, the Roman will be forced to sign the best results possible. Finally, the Leopard Racing driver hopes to have luck on his side, because without some failures from the two leaders, moving up will not be an easy task.
Why can you claim more?
Dennis Foggia is an experienced rider who should soon make the jump to Moto2. Contacts with the Italtrans team have been established. If he grows in this category at the same rate as in the last two seasons of Moto3, the Italian would be a credible candidate to move to the premier category. With a Honda, the Leopard Racing rider could be supported by the Japanese manufacturer, who will soon have to prepare for the future without Marc Márquez. The only handicap for Dennis Foggia: he is already 21 years old. If there is still a young rider, he is still two steps away from MotoGP. In front of him, the youngest drivers are already candidates for a handlebar in a team committed to the highest category. And even at his scale, the nuggets are arriving earlier and earlier, in particular David Muñoz, who is only 16 years old.
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