Jorge Martin converts pole to a win at the Circuit of the Americas and takes the championship lead away from Aron Canet.
Martin was able to keep out of trouble in a turbulent AmerciasGP to claim the top step ahead of Enea Bastianini and Argentina winner, Marco Bezzecchi. The lead may have changed a handful of times with multiple race leaders but Martin was able to us the mistakes of fellow riders to his advantage to take his third career win with a gap of 1.451 to Bastianini.
Bastianini was able to make up four places to claim the second podium spot for Leopard Racing, moving him from ninth to fifth in the world standings. Bezzecchi once again stunned to take third as he took full advantage of the ongoing battle between Fabio DiGianntonio and Philipp Oettl for 3rd position.
Unfortunately for both DiGianntonio and Oettl, Bezzecchi wasn’t the only one to take advantage of the intense battle as Andrea Migno narrowly stole fourth away. Migno was able to make up 12 places throughout the race, aided slightly by a four-rider incident during lap one. DiGianntonio finished in a disappointing fifth position after a mistake at turn 11 on lap 14 saw him run wide, leaving the door open for both Bezzecchi and Oettl. He was able to recover back to third at the start of lap 17 but lost two places whilst fighting with Oettl who went on to finish in sixth.
Jakub Kornfeil made up an outstanding 14 places to end in seventh position. Canet’s race was one to forget as he dropped from second to eighth, losing his hold on the lead of the world standings. Tatsuki Suzuki lost five places but finished a respectable ninth alongside Livio Loi who was able to keep out of the first lap drama and made up an amazing 16 places, finishing in 10th. Ayumu Sasaki dropped three places to finish the race in 11th place.
Gabriel Rodrigo was able to salvage a 12th place finish after causing chaos in the first lap with a fall that collected fellow riders Adam Norrodin, Kaito Toba, Marco Ramirez and Jaume Masia. Darryn Binder made up two places to 13th ahead of John McPhee. McPhee had a horrendous race, dropping from third after being swallowed up by the pack at the start of the race and could only manage 14th place. Albert Arenas gained nine places from 24th to a decent 15th.
Dennis Foggia finished the race in 16th place after qualifying in seventh. Foggia had been leading the early parts of the race but unsettled the bike after hitting the bumps at turn 17 and causing him to drop back to fifth. He was able to make up a place after slipstreaming DiGianntonio but didn’t have the pace to keep it and ended up falling down the pack. Alonso Lopez was able to make up five places to 17th even after contact with Niccolò Antonelli during the first lap. Lorenzo Dalla Porta had an unimpressive race, losing one place to put him in 18th with rookie Makar Yurchenko taking 19th.
Tony Arbolino finished his AmericasGP where he qualified in 20th. Masia unfortunately lost six places after being caught up in Rodrigo’s fall and only managed 21st. Kazuki Masaki gained five places to finish 22nd while Nakarin Atiratphuvapat lost 10 places to finish 23rd. Antonelli could only manage 24th place after contact with Lopez in lap one, resulting in a fall. Fortunately, he was able to rejoin without injury but was unable to make up any place.
Nicola Bulega’s horrible start to the season continued with a third DNF as he crashed out at turn 13 on lap five. Ramirez, Norrodin and Toba were also forced to retire due to the earlier incident with Rodrigo. Toba and Norrodin quickly retired during laps one and two whereas Ramirez lasted until lap 12.
Full results here.
Next stop is Jerez for the start of the European races. With Spain being the homeland of both championship rivals, will it be a Spanish civil war or will dark horse Bezzecchi swoop into the top spot? Never say never in MotoGP.