Austin Moto2: Rins sees off Lowes threat to win
Alex Rins expertly fought off the advances of Sam Lowes to take his first Moto2 victory of the season at the Circuit of the Americas.
The battle for victory was fought exclusively between Rins and Lowes, who started from pole and third place respectively, once the latter had cleared reigning champion Johann Zarco on the second lap.
Though Rins had built up a small advantage on the opening lap, Lowes quickly caught the Spaniard and remained in the Pons rider's wheeltracks for much of the race.
But Lowes was never able to quite draw close enough to his rival to launch an overtaking attempt, and in the closing stages Rins was able to up his pace to edge clear.
The Spaniard went on to beat Lowes by two seconds at the chequered flag, although Lowes did take the lead of the championship by a single point ahead of Rins with two consecutive second-place finishes.
Some way behind the duo, an intense six-way battle for the final podium spot raged, as Zarco became embroiled in a fierce dice with Swiss duo Thomas Luthi and Dominique Aegerter in the early stages.
Jonas Folger, Takaaki Nakagami and Simone Corsi were also able to join in the fight as the race progressed, Luthi leading the group at half-distance before falling prey to Zarco with five laps to go.
Nakagami swiftly followed through to take fourth, only to be wiped out by a Corsi at the first corner at the start of the following lap in an incident that caught the attention of the stewards.
That left the way clear for Zarco to take third ahead of Aegerter, Folger, Corsi and Luthi, who continued his slide to the back of the group.
Eighth place went to Xavier Simeon ahead of QMMF teammate Julian Simon, with Marcel Schrotter clinching the final spot inside the top 10.
Nakagami was able to continue after his clash with Corsi, ultimately coming home to claim the last point with a 15th place finish.
|1||Alex Rins||Paginas Amarillas HP 40||Kalex||41:22.174|
|2||Sam Lowes||Gresini Racing||Kalex||+2.091|
|3||Johann Zarco||Ajo Motorsport||Kalex||+7.737|
|4||Dominique Aegerter||Technomag Racing Interwetten||Kalex||+8.646|
|5||Jonas Folger||Dynavolt Intact GP||Kalex||+8.791|
|6||Simone Corsi||Speed Up Racing||Speed Up||+11.083|
|7||Thomas Luthi||Garage Plus Interwetten||Kalex||+11.278|
|8||Xavier Simeon||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||+17.933|
|9||Julian Simon||QMMF Racing Team||Speed Up||+18.718|
|10||Marcel Schrötter||AGR Team||Kalex||+19.408|
|11||Alex Marquez||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Kalex||+22.173|
|12||Sandro Cortese||Dynavolt Intact GP||Kalex||+23.898|
|13||Luis Salom||SAG Team||Kalex||+25.395|
|14||Franco Morbidelli||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Kalex||+26.883|
|15||Takaaki Nakagami||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||Kalex||+27.598|
|16||Hafizh Syahrin||Petronas Raceline Malaysia Team Honda||Kalex||+29.341|
|17||Mattia Pasini||Italtrans Racing Team||Kalex||+30.197|
|18||Isaac Viñales||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||+36.863|
|19||Ratthapark Wilairot||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||Kalex||+38.383|
|20||Xavi Vierge||Tech 3 Racing||Tech 3||+38.437|
|22||Axel Pons||AGR Team||Kalex||+47.688|
|23||Lorenzo Baldassarri||Forward Racing||Kalex||+53.873|
|24||Alessandro Tonucci||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||Kalex||+1:11.159|
|R||Miguel Oliveira||Leopard Racing||Kalex|
|R||Danny Kent||Leopard Racing||Kalex|
|R||Robin Mulhauser||Technomag Racing Interwetten||Kalex|
|R||Luca Marini||Forward Racing||Kalex|
|W||Efren Vazquez||JPMoto Malaysia||Suter|
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