Austin Moto3: Martin takes points lead with win
Gresini Honda rider Jorge Martin took his second Moto3 victory of the season at Austin after pulling away during the late stages of the race.
The majority of the race was led by Argentina winner Marco Bezzecchi, who was able to quickly retake the lead on the two occasions he went wide and allowed Fabio Di Giannantonio through.
But, with six laps to go, Martin slipstreamed past Bezzecchi (PrustelGP) on the back straight, and soon managed to build a gap of over half a second, which was big enough to keep him safe from attacks.
Continuing to stretch his advantage, Martin eventually won by 1.4s.
Enea Bastianini (Leopard) took second after a late-race charge, which left Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio to battle it out for the final podium spot.
But Di Giannantonio ran too deep during a last-corner overtaking attempt, giving Bezzecchi a second straight podium finish, while Andrea Migno (Angel Nieto Team) also found his way past to take fourth.
Moto3 veteran Philipp Oettl (Schedl) took sixth, followed by PrustelGP rider Jakub Kornfeil.
Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia) was with the leaders early on but gradually lost ground during the race and had to settle for eighth. As a result, he conceded the championship lead to Martin by seven points.
The top 10 was completed by Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Livio Loi (Avintia Academy).
Gabriel Rodrigo, Adam Norrodin, Kaito Toba, Jaume Masia and Marcos Ramirez all fell at the first corner of the race in a melee triggered by Rodrigo losing the front.
All of them managed to continue, but Ramirez, Toba and Norrodin eventually retired in the pits.
Nicolo Bulega and Niccolo Antonelli also had crashes, the former retiring at Turn 13 and the latter hitting the back of Alonso Lopez on the opening lap.
|5||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Honda||4.186|
|18||Lorenzo Dalla Porta||Honda||23.757|
|Ret||Marcos Ramirez||KTM||5 laps|
|Ret||Nicolo Bulega||KTM||12 laps|
|Ret||Adam Norrodin||Honda||15 laps|
|Ret||Kaito Toba||Honda||16 laps|
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