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Moto2 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at the Circuits of The Americas in Austin, Texas on October 3, 2021. (Photo: MotoGP)

The title race takes a huge twist as the Spaniard becomes the first rookie since Marc Marquez to win seven Moto2 races. A stat to be incredibly proud of: Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) became the first rookie to win seven Moto2 races since Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) after claiming a third win in a row. The Spanish rookie wonder was unstoppable at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas as the intermediate class title race took a huge twist, with Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – the World Championship leader – suffered a first DNF of the season. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) earned podiums in P2 and P3 respectively.

To the delight of the home crowd, Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) led into Turn 1 from the middle of the second row, but the Moto2 rookie was in hot which allowed Gardner to swoop through into the lead. Raul Fernandez was soon P1 though, as Gardner then dropped to P4 after getting a miserable run out of the final corner heading onto Lap 2. Beaubier and Di Giannantonio were up to P2 and P3, but Gardner fought back by Lap 4.

Raul Fernandez was 1.5s up the road from Gardner, as drama unfolded for the latter. On Lap 6 at Turn 15, Gardner made his first major mistake of 2021. The Australian tucked the front and was unable to restart his Triumph Kalex, meaning the title race leader would score a DNF for the first time this season. With 10 laps to go, Raul Fernandez held a 1.7s lead over Di Giannantonio, who had escaped the clutches of the battle for P3 between Bezzecchi, Beaubier and Tony Arbolino (Liqui Moly Intact GP). Beaubier and Arbolino then lost touch with Bezzecchi, with Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) getting the better of the pair.

Despite threatening to reel in Raul Fernandez on a few occasions, Diggia couldn’t do anything to stop the rookie sensation from taking a monumental victory at COTA. The number 25 has been outstanding all weekend in Austin, and his latest win, coupled with Gardner’s DNF, means the Moto2 title race is raging with three to go.

Di Giannantonio picked up a comfortable second ahead of Bezzecchi in third, with Augusto Fernandez clawing his way back up to P4, finishing just 0.9s off Bezzecchi. Beaubier caps off a phenomenal home Grand Prix with his best Moto2 result in P5, a cracking effort from the American in Texas. Arbolino took P6 ahead of fellow rookie Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Marcos Ramirez (American Racing) and Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) completed the top 10.

Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team), Jorge Navarro (MB Conveyors Speed Up), Simone Corsi (MV Agusta Forward Racing), Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) were the final points scorers, with the likes of Albert Arenas (Inde Aspar Team), who was taken to the medical centre for a check-up, and Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46) crashed out of points positions. Nine points now separate the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo. Three races to go, the momentum is with Raul Fernandez, as the second Misano instalment awaits. (Source: MotoGP)

Moto2 Red Bull Grand Prix Race Results

PosPointsNumRiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12525Raul FERNANDEZSPARed Bull KTM AjoKalex151.939'10.521
22021Fabio DI GIANNANTONIOITAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Kalex151.8+1.734
31672Marco BEZZECCHIITASKY Racing Team VR46Kalex151.7+3.100
41337Augusto FERNANDEZSPAElf Marc VDS Racing TeamKalex151.7+4.061
5116Cameron BEAUBIERUSAAmerican RacingKalex151.6+5.381
61014Tony ARBOLINOITALiqui Moly Intact GPKalex151.4+7.577
7979Ai OGURAJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex151.2+11.087
8897Xavi VIERGESPAPetronas Sprinta RacingKalex151.0+14.949
9742Marcos RAMIREZSPAAmerican RacingKalex150.9+16.051
10696Jake DIXONGBRPetronas Sprinta RacingKalex150.8+18.278
11544Aron CANETSPAInde Aspar TeamBoscoscuro150.6+20.679
1249Jorge NAVARROSPAMB Conveyors Speed UpBoscoscuro150.5+22.738
13324Simone CORSIITAMV Agusta Forward RacingMV Agusta150.5+22.913
14235Somkiat CHANTRATHAIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex150.4+23.247
15164Bo BENDSNEYDERNEDPertamina Mandalika SAG TeamKalex150.5+23.108
1645Tetsuta NAGASHIMAJPNItaltrans Racing TeamKalex150.2+27.006
1770Barry BALTUSBELNTS RW Racing GPNTS150.1+28.086
1816Joe ROBERTSUSAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex149.8+32.719
1962Stefano MANZIITAFlexbox HP40Kalex149.5+37.542
2055Hafizh SYAHRINMALNTS RW Racing GPNTS149.4+39.658
2154Fermín ALDEGUERSPAMB Conveyors Speed UpBoscoscuro149.3+40.685
227Lorenzo BALDASSARRIITAMV Agusta Forward RacingMV Agusta148.9+47.16

Moto2
Grand Prix motorcycle racing is the oldest established motorsport world championship and the premier class of motorcycle road racing events held on road circuits sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Grand Prix motorcycles are purpose-built racing machines that are unavailable for purchase by the general public and unable to be ridden legally on public roads. The championship is currently divided into four classes: the eponymous MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE.

Moto2 was initially a 600 cc four-stroke class introduced in 2010 to replace the traditional 250 cc two-stroke class. Engines were supplied exclusively by Honda, tires by Dunlop and electronics are limited and supplied only by FIM-sanctioned producers. Carbon brake discs are banned, only steel brake discs are allowed. However, there are no chassis limitations. Until 2019, only 600 cc four-stroke Moto2 machines were allowed.

Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is the premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States. Just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas has hosted the biggest names in racing, action sports and music. At its heart is a 3.41-mile racetrack that was designed to challenge the world's most exacting competitors while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences.

The 20-turn, counterclockwise circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape, including an intimidating 133-foot hill at Turn 1. It has hosted the Formula 1 United States Grand Pix, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, ESPN's X Games, the FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and more. Nestled within the track is Germania Insurance Amphitheater, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas, and its 251-foot signature observation tower.

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