Moto GP – United States GP – Race
Warm sunny day saws the race day of the 3rd round of the championship, at Circuit of the Americas. Race track that has saw some Honda dominance over the last few years, but times has changes, as Marc Marquez would have to sit out of this one after the incident on R1 at Portimao.
Race started with a strong start from the top 2 riders, as Bagnaia hold the lead from Alex Rins at the start, as Jack Miller made a huge start and was riding on 3rd, followed by Fabio Quatararo, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi. First accidents of the race occurred, as Jorge Martin loses the bike and takes out Alex Marquez in the process, meanwhile Aleix Espargaro loses the bike several turns later.
As race slowly develops, Bagnaia only had Alex Rins at the same pace and were riding far ahead of Jack Miller, by +1 second, meanwhile several positions were changing, mostly because of racing incidents, first from Raul Fernandez at the back and most importantly, from Jack Miller at the 1st sector. Although some riders were quickly climbing on in race action, as Miguel Oliveira was constantly climbing at the standings.
Huge moment occurred for the race and championship implications, as race leader Francesco Bagnaia falls of his bike for a second race in a row, as Alex Rins receives the race lead with a comfortable +2 gap from Quartararo and Luca Marini. As race keeps developed, several race incidents were occuring, as Mir, Nakagami, Binder and Brald all fell of their bikes on separated incidents.
The race for Alex Rins developed as a keep the strong pace one, as the LCR rider managed the gap against 2 riders on their respective fighting, as Luca Marini took 2nd on a move against Fabio Quatararo. Meanwhile they were only 13 racing riders on track, as there were a total 9 DNFs from different incidents.
At the end, Rins secured a much needed win for him and for Honda, as the Spaniard grabs his second win on COTA, as he did with Suzuki on 2019, Luca Marini closes another big result for VR46 team and Fabio Quatararo grabs some important points for championship standing, with a P3 finish.
1. Alex Marquez /// 2. Luca Marini /// 3. Fabio Quatararo
4. Maverick Viñales /// 5. Miguel Oliveira /// 6. Marco Bezzecchi
7. Johann Zarco /// 8. Franco Morbidelli /// 9. Fabio Di Giannantoino
10. Alex Fernandez /// 11. Michelle Pirro /// 12. Jonas Folger
13. Brad Binder
DNF: Stefan Brald, Takaaki Nakagami, Joan Mir, Francesco Bagnaia, Alex Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Jorge Martin
A big display from Alex Rins and LCR Honda, that saw both bouncing back in action. After today’s race, a new championship leader emerges on a VR46 bike, as Marco Bezzecchi grabs the lead, after another incident from Francesco Bagnaia, that opens the door to his persecutors.