Moto3 got race day under way at ‘The Brickyard’ in style with a battle between the Estrella Galicia team mates Alex Rins and Alex Marquez.
Rins triumphed for the second consecutive race, though separated by the summer break, while Marquez scored his first podium appearance.
| A victorious Rabat Photo: PonsTuenti HP 40
Completing the all KTM/Spanish rostrum was Team Calvo rider Maverick Vinales as he chases down rival Luis Salom’s championship lead, cutting it to just nine points. Vinales is now the only rider to feature on the podium at every round.
Fourth went to Aspar’s Jonas Folger who lead the chasing pack for most of the proceedings and fended off a late challenge from Luis Salom, who finished fifth ahead of his team-mate and one time race leader Arthur Sissis.
For Salom it was an exercise in damage limitation after qualifying tenth following a massive qualifying crash leaving him with a swollen foot.
Zulfahni Khairuddin kept the Red Bull KTM bikes coming and was next across the stripe after Salom and Sissis for seventh.
Mahindra’s Miguel Oliveira finished eighth, the first non-KTM finisher, followed by the Honda of Romano Fenati in ninth. Jakub Kornfeil also made the top ten.
An ill John McPhee placed in 20thgor Caretta Technology-RTG.
Moto2 was made up of several battles- for the win, for the championship and against tyres.
A surging Tito Rabat showed everyone how it can be done, a well timed dash for the front, some aggressive passing and tyre management leading the Tuenti HP 40 rider to the win.
Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami could do nothing to hold off the Spanish Pons team rider when he too was caught, though despite struggling with his tyres and chatter his second place for Italtrans is his best GP result to date.
Third went to Scott Redding who enjoyed his own battle with title rival Pol Espargaro, taking advantage of an error by the Spanish rider to take the final spot on a all Kalex rostrum for Marc VDS.
In doing so, the Briton extends his championship lead to 26 points, meaning even if he fails to score in Brno he will still lead into his home race at Silverstone.
Espargaro held on to fourth after fending off Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter, who was the highest placing Suter rider in fifth.
Sixth went to Forward Racing team rider Simone Corsi ahead of Marc VDS’s second bike piloted by Mika Kallio in seventh and Came Iodaproject’s Johann Zarco in eighth.
Xavier Simeon and Jordi Torres, winner of the last round at the Sachsenring, complete the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.
Danny Kent finished in 23rdfor Tech3, Blusens Avintia rider Kyle Smith did not place.
Moto3 Indianapolis Top 15:
1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 37.200
2. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 37.377
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 41m 38.276
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 41m 45.838
5. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 46.461
6. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 51.639s
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 55.802
8. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 58.267
9. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 41m 58.332
10. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 41m 59.067
11. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 42m 4.218
12. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 42m 4.381
13. Alan Techer FRA CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 42m 5.063
14. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM) 42m 9.856
15. Matteo Ferrari ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 42m 18.788
Moto2 Indianapolis Top 15:
1. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 43m 47.432
2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 48.198
3. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 49.173
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 43m 50.060
5. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 43m 50.140
6. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 43m 55.960
7. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 56.324
8. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 43m 56.461
9. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 43m 56.710
10. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 43m 58.186
11. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 43m 58.730
12. Nicolas Terol SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 44m 0.435
13. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 44m 1.945
14. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 44m 2.072
15. Marcel Schrotter GER Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 44m 3.177