The third round of the 2016 season saw the paddock arrive in Austin, Texas for the Circuit of the Americas GP.
Both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes saw different but dominant wins – Romano Fenati vanished with a healthy lead while Alex Rins ran a precise race from the front keeping his rivals in check.
Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati hit the front halfway through the race taking advantage of Jorge Navarro’s grip issues aboard the Honda and never looked back as he coasted to his first win of 2016 by over six seconds.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider had planned to tuck in behind the Italian’s KTM but settled for second and valuable points.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder recovered from a poor qualifying to secure third, waiting to the final lap to snatch the final podium spot from pole man Philipp Oettl ( Schedl GP Racing).The South African now leads the championship by three points.
Leopard’s Andrea Locatelli beat Gresini’s Enea Bastianini to the finishing stripe for fifth, with an impressive performance from rookie Aron Canet seeing him pick his way through the pack for seventh.
Eighth went to Livio Loi (RW Racing GP), ninth Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold), a first top ten finish for the Frenchman and another rookie, Nicolo Bulega was tenth to see the chequered flag.
The remaining points went to Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) who faded to 11th, Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing) in 12th, Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) whos bike issues droppedhim to 13th, Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra) in 14th and Andrea Migno (Sky Racing VR46) in 15th.
Britain’s John McPhee finished 21st after another uphill struggle with his Peugoet MC Saxoprint bike.
Nico Antonelli made it all the way to seventh from 30th on the grid before crashing out. Also failing to go the distance were Karel Hanika, Stefano Valtulini, Jorge Martin, Darryn Binder, Joan Mir and Adam Norrodin.
Following straight on from an action-packed Moto3 race, Moto2 didn’t disappoint – with Alex Rins offering up a circuit masterclass on the way to his first victory of the season.
The Paginas Amarillas Hp 40 rider started from pole and lost his lead for just one fleeting corner at the start of the first lap, calm and in control throughout to stay in front all the way to the flag.
The Pons rider had pressure applied by Sam Lowes who moved out of the group to take up the chase aboard his Gresini. His second place finish takes the Brit to the top of the championship standings by a single point.
The battle for third was the fiercest on track with Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco winning the position as he was best placed not to be affected by Taka Nakagami’s fall.
Dominique Aegerter looked his old self and full of fight as he was the best of the rest in fourth for Interwetten, narrowly ahead of Dynavolt Intact GP rider Jonas Folger in fifth.
Sixth went to Simone Corsi for Speed Up, and Seventh to Tom Luthi both of whom had a shot at a podium finish.
Xavier Simeon made up ground for eighth, his team-mate at QMMF, Julian Simon, followed him over the line for ninth. Marcel Schrotter rode strongly for a top ten finish for AGR Team.
Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was in the points in 11th, Sandro Cortese brought the second Dynavolt machine home in 12th and Luis Salom ended his race in 13th for SAG Team.
Franco Morbidelli’s bike was rebuilt by EG 0,0 Marc VDS to try and improve his confidence, he finished 14th. Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) rejoined the race to take the final point on offer.
Lorenzo Baldassarri and Axel Pons were both judged to have had jump starts. Their ride through penalties left them at the end of the timesheets.
Leopards Miguel Oliveira and Danny Kent both failed to finish the race. They were joined back in the pits by Robin Mulhauser and Luca Marini.
For the full Moto3 result click here.
For the full Moto2 result click here.