Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took a third in a row this season in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, making him the first man to do so in the intermediate class since Daijiro Kato in 2001. Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) was the man on the chase in P2 to take his 50th World Championship podium, with the rostrum completed by Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia).

Morbidelli got away in the lead from pole, with Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) getting a good launch from P2 to remain second and Marquez threatening in third on his 21st birthday, suffering a slightly slower launch off the line.

A big incident into T1 saw Stefano Manzi (Sky Racing Team VR46) hit Julian Simon (Tech 3 Racing), with another crash then seeing Yonny Hernandez (AGR Team) make contact with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) and Jesko Raffin (Garage Plus Interwetten) caught in the crossfire, but able to rejoin.

Marquez then took the lead from his teammate and Pasini, with Nakagami, Lüthi and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) chasing the front trio – and some choice moves from Pasini before Marquez ran wide, slotting back into fourth.

As the gap for Morbidelli saw him around a second ahead of Lüthi, Marquez got back past Pasini before the Italian veteran then lowsided out of contention at Turn 1 – and ‘Fast Franco’ at the front set a new race lap record.

Nakagami and Marquez dueled over third until the Japanese rider made it stick at Turn 12, and Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) hunted down Oliveira to take fifth after an impressive ride at a track on which the Swiss rider has seen some good results.

Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) shot up into seventh on a track that has often been a good one for the chassis – the last non Kalex to win in Moto2™ was the Speed Up at COTA in 2015 – ahead of Marcel Schrötter (Intact Dynavolt GP) and another top ten stunner from Tech 3 Racing’s Xavi Vierge.

The battle for tenth saw Luca Marini (Forward Racing Team) beat Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) to it, with Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) staging an impressive comeback in the latter half of the race into P12, top rookie once again.

Xavier Simeon (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) led Brad Binder’s injury replacement Ricky Cardus (Red Bull KTM Ajo) home in P13, with Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completing the points scorers after a late mistake saw him drop some positions despite some impressive pace.

Now it’s back east to Europe and the southern Spanish scorcher of Jerez, with Morbidelli on a full 75 points after three races.


Moto2 Race Classification 2017

Austin, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 152.0 41’20.078
2 20 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 151.8 +2.633
3 16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 151.6 +6.809
4 13 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 151.4 +9.852
5 11 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Kiefer Racing Suter 151.3 +10.927
6 10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 151.2 +13.029
7 9 24 Simone CORSI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 151.2 +13.335
8 8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 151.2 +13.754
9 7 97 Xavi VIERGE SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 150.9 +18.079
10 6 10 Luca MARINI ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex 150.7 +21.418
11 5 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 150.7 +21.430
12 4 40 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Pons HP40 Kalex 150.7 +21.736
13 3 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 150.7 +21.974
14 2 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 150.5 +24.245
15 1 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 150.5 +24.863
16 42 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 150.3 +28.226
17 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA BE-A-VIP SAG Team Kalex 150.3 +28.443
18 49 Axel PONS SPA RW Racing GP Kalex 149.9 +34.767
19 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN Teluru SAG Team Kalex 149.7 +37.279
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 149.7 +37.530
21 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 149.6 +38.953
22 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 149.4 +43.720
23 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Suter 148.9 +51.515
24 47 Axel BASSANI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 147.9 +1’07.841
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 147.9 +1’08.137
Not Classified
57 Edgar PONS SPA Pons HP40 Kalex 146.1 17 Laps
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Forward Racing Team Kalex 0 Lap
68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL AGR Team Kalex 0 Lap
60 Julian SIMON SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 0 Lap
62 Stefano MANZI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 0 Lap

Moto2 World Standing 2017

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex ITA 75
2 Thomas LUTHI Kalex SWI 56
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex JPN 32
5 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 SPA 25
6 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex SPA 24
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex ITA 21
8 Luca MARINI Kalex ITA 20
9 Simone CORSI Speed Up ITA 19
10 Dominique AEGERTER Suter SWI 18
11 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex ITA 13
12 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex FRA 13
13 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter GER 13
14 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex MAL 11
15 Sandro CORTESE Suter GER 8
17 Axel PONS Kalex SPA 6
18 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex SWI 5
19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex BEL 4
20 Danny KENT Suter GBR 3
21 Ricard CARDUS KTM SPA 2
22 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex SPA 2
23 Edgar PONS Kalex SPA
24 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex SPA
25 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex COL
26 Julian SIMON Kalex SPA
27 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex JPN
28 Mattia PASINI Kalex ITA
29 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex ITA
30 Stefano MANZI Kalex ITA
31 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex MAL
32 Axel BASSANI Speed Up ITA

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