|In Charge- Mika Kallio Photo: Marc VDS|
Efren Vazquez takes a career first win in Moto3 while Mika Kallio makes some Finnish history in Moto2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Moto3 at The Brickyard was anybody’s race with the initial group of a hefty seven riders up front swelling to ten as the laps counted down with the result not being settled until the gaggle of riders reached the chequered flag.
It was Honda rider Efren Vazquez who was to take the win, SaxoPrint-RTG’s first victory and his maiden career win despite being one of the racers considered to be a veteran of the class.
Though leading out of the final corner, some last minute swerving and blocking attempts were not enough to stop the Spaniard leaving Sky Racing VR 46 rider Romano Fenati in second with championship leader Jack Miller increasing his points lead with a equally hard fought third.
Alexis Masbou was unlucky to finish off the podium after battling with the Australian over the closing laps, though the Ongetta-Rivcold rider impressed after being involved in an opening incident on lap one which ended the race hopes of several riders including British rider John McPhee.
Alex Rins recovered from his poor qualifying in fifth finishing ahead of his team-mate Alex Marquez, who also lost second position in the title hunt to Vazquez in the process.
Top Mahindra Miguel Olivera was seventh, Juanfran Guevara a career best equalling eighth, with Ambrogio’s Brad Binder ninth with Team Calvo’s Jakub Kornfeil completing the top ten.
The remaining points went to Enea Bastianini in 11th, Husquvarna riding Brit Danny Kent in 12th and Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Karel Hanika 13th.
Marc VDS new boy Jorge Navarro collceted his first points in 14th with Zulfahmi Khairuddin the last to score in 15th.
Mika Kallio lead the initial start to the Moto2 race for Marc VDS before a huge crash involving Azlan Shah, Ant West, Randy Krummenacher and Mattia Pasini brought out the red flag with an unconscious Pasini treated at the track before walking away.
Kallio picked up where he left off for the shortened second running of the race and lead from start to finish for his second win of the year, drastically cutting his team-mate Tito Rabat’s championship lead to a slim 7 points.
It also moved him up to his 16thcareer win, making him the Finnish rider with the most career wins, taking over from Finland’s only road racing champion, Jarno Saarinen.
Also picking up where they left off was rookie Maverick Vinales, who took little time to get back to passing Rabat on his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 machine, slipping under for second, closely followed by Sachsenring race winner Dominique Aegerter who took third, leaving Rabat off the podium in fourth.
There was a gap to fifth place finisher Simone Corsi who’s NGM Forward racing bike was, in turn, well ahead of his nearest on track rival Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese in sixth.
Hafizh Syahrin had a best finish for the year so far in seventh, ahead of Tasca’s Alex De Angelis in eighth and QMMF Speed Up rider Ant West who recovered well for ninth. Caterham’s Johann Zarco completed the top ten,
Taka Nakagami crossed the line eleventh ahead of Aspar man Jordi Torres in twelfth. Louis Rossi was 13thfor SAG while Tech 3 riders Marcel Schrotter and Ricky Cardus were 14th and 15th.
British riders Sam Lowes and Gino Rea were 24th and 25th
Another crash at the restart ruined the race hopes of Tom Luthi, Julian Simon, Josh Herrin, Jonas Folger, Luis Salom and Xavier Simeon.