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Ai Ogura Triumphs on Home Soil in Moto2 Race in Motegi

The native of Saitama won his third race of the season and is only two points back in the overall standings with four rounds remaining.

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Idemitsu Honda Team Asia's Ai Ogura (79) rides his bike during the Moto2 race at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix on September 25 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Tochigi Prefecture. (Issei Kato/REUTERS)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website.

Ai Ogura became the first Japanese rider to win a motorcycle Grand Prix on home soil since Hiroshi Aoyama in 2006 when he won the Moto2 race on Sunday, September 25.

The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider beat Moto2 championship leader Augusto Fernandez by just over a second after 22 laps at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Tochigi Prefecture. Boscoscuro rider Alonso Lopez finished third, meaning all of the podium finishers started outside the top 10 on the grid.

Starting 13th on the grid, Ogura got off to a fast start and made rapid progress, passing Cameron Beaubier on Lap 1 to move into fifth place. 

The 21-year-old Japanese rider surged into a podium position on Lap 5 and later got into a heated battle with Lopez for the lead.

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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