Tom Lüthi takes the top spot of the Texan podium with an astounding lead ahead of teammate Marcel Schrotter and Jorge Navarro.
Turn 1 witnessed drama yet again from the get-go, as a wipe-out crash between Di Giannantonio, Roberts and Vierge was only pre-empting the drama to come. Championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri failed to make it a hattrick in Texas, as the Italian crashed out on the same lap. Leaving the Pons Racing rider’s hopes of a hattrick in the gravel.
Alex Marquez once again showed his strength as the season continues, making a solid effort towards winning contention for the majority of the race. Marquez took advantage of his front-row start and quickly surpassed pole man Schrotter. As the race continued, the Spaniard kept his cool against Lüthi in what was a battle of the brakes; overtake after overtake was immediately followed by retaliation from Marquez. However, with both Dynavolts on his tail, it was only a matter of time before Marquez would be beaten; added with the insane pace of Navarro and Pasini, Marquez finished the race in 5thposition ahead of Marini. While it may not be the win he was hoping for, the Marc VDS rider demonstrated his potential for this season.
Jorge Navarro’s pace all weekend meant that his race charge was of little surprise to anyone, his start from 6thon the grid left the Speed Up rider to battle with the likes of Marini and Lowes; soon heading to the front runners, Navarro made light work of third-place contender Alex Marquez and took a very admirable podium, behind both Dynavolt riders.
Mattia Pasini made an outstanding return to the Moto2 scene with a weekend of nothing but top 10 results. With each session, the stand-in Pons Racing rider displayed continuous improvement, and the race was no different either. Keeping pace with that of Jorge Navarro, the Italian finished in a very respectable 4thto fit in with a very positive weekend.
Other top 10 finishers include Sam Lowes, Simone Corsi, Enea Bastianelli and Andrea Locatelli – all of which have made commendable strides in improvement with each race; early title underdog Remy Gardner failed to make the top 10 with a P11 finish.
Despite the DNF this weekend, Balda still leads the championship. However, Marcel Schrotter now remains only 3 points behind. We head to Circuito de Jerez in Spain next. Will the German be able to take the lead in the next round, or will Balda get back to winning ways?
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