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Moto3 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas at the Circuits of The Americas in Austin, Texas on October 3, 2021. (Photo: MotoGP)

The Spanish rookie led over the line before the first red flag, Foggia on the podium, Acosta involved in second incident. Izan Guevara (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team) was declared the Moto3 race winner at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas after a double red-flagged race. The reigning Junior World Champion was P1 when the initial red flags were shown eight laps into the lightweight class race, before a frightening multi-rider incident caused the red flags to be shown for a second time.

Thankfully, Jeremy Alocba (Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3), Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) and World Championship leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) were able to walk away from the crash, with podiums going the way of second in the Championship Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) and John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing).

Xavier Artigas was the rider to get the holeshot from the second row, but it was for good reason, the Spaniard had jumped the start, meaning Leopard Racing rider was handed a double Long Lap Penalty. Polesitter Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo) got away well, as did Guevara and Alocba. Foggia slipped down the pack on the opening lap but the Italian immediately climbed his way back up to P4, Acosta was making steady progress from 15th on the grid.

At the beginning of Lap 8 though, the red flags were then shown after Filip Salač (CarXpert PrüstelGP) crashed on the exit of Turn 11. The Czech rider was conscious, but Salač had to be stretchered away after a nasty highside. A quick restart procedure was confirmed, a new race distance of five laps were coming up with grid positions based on the standings as of Lap 7 – your front row was Guevara, Foggia and McPhee, with Acosta launching from P8.

Guevera made no mistake from P1 but Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3) was getting busy on the opening lap. Darryn Binder and Petronas Sprinta Racing teammate McPhee were inside the top four before disaster struck for Guevara, a mechanical issue ended the Spaniard’s race halfway around Lap 2. This left McPhee leading from Binder, Masia was now P3 with Foggia P4. Acosta was at the back of the lead group in P10. Then, an unbelievably scary incident occurred down the back straight. Contact between Öncü and Alcoba saw the latter go down. Unable to avoid Alcoba’s stricken Honda, Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Acosta crashed. Thankfully, we repeat, thankfully, Alcoba, Migno and Acosta were able to walk away from a terrifying incident. Immediately, the red flags were then shown.

After lengthy discussions between Race Direction and team representatives, the decision was made to declare the final results taken at the time of the first red flag. This meant Guevara went from retiring to a maiden Grand Prix victory, Foggia was second to cut Acosta’s title lead down to 30 points, with McPhee taking his first podium since his 2019 Misano victory.

Masia, Öncü and Alcoba take home P4, P5 and P6 respectively, with Binder seventh. Acosta sees his advantage slashed in the Championship, but the Spaniard still holds a healthy advantage heading into the final three races. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Mingo finish 9th and 10th respectively. 30 points in it, three races to go. Acosta heads back to Misano with Foggia hunting him down, as the Moto3 title race begins to hot up. (Source: MotoGP)

Moto3 Red Bull Grand Prix Race Results

PosPointsNumRiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
12528Izan GUEVARASPASolunion GASGAS Aspar TeamGASGAS145.015'57.747
2207Dennis FOGGIAITALeopard RacingHonda144.9+0.385
31617John MCPHEEGBRPetronas Sprinta RacingHonda144.9+0.499
4135Jaume MASIASPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM144.9+0.706
51153Deniz ÖNCÜTURRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM144.8+1.266
61052Jeremy ALCOBASPAIndonesian Racing Gresini Moto3Honda144.8+1.271
7940Darryn BINDERRSAPetronas Sprinta RacingHonda144.8+1.391
8837Pedro ACOSTASPARed Bull KTM AjoKTM144.8+1.543
9724Tatsuki SUZUKIJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda144.7+1.820
10616Andrea MIGNOITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda144.6+2.480
11582Stefano NEPAITABOE OwlrideKTM144.6+2.683
12455Romano FENATIITASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna144.5+3.257
13371Ayumu SASAKIJPNRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM144.5+3.492
14243Xavier ARTIGASSPALeopard RacingHonda144.5+3.652
15123Niccolò ANTONELLIITAAvintia VR46KTM144.1+6.086
1620Lorenzo FELLONFRASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda143.7+8.944
1773Maximilian KOFLERAUTCIP Green PowerKTM143.6+9.529
1899Carlos TATAYSPAAvintia Esponsorama Moto3KTM143.5+9.977
1967Alberto SURRAITARivacold Snipers TeamHonda143.5+10.130
2054Riccardo ROSSIITABOE OwlrideKTM143.4+10.536
2131Adrian FERNANDEZSPASterilgarda Max Racing TeamHusqvarna142.9+14.107
226Ryusei YAMANAKAJPNCarXpert PruestelGPKTM142.9+14.228
2327Kaito TOBAJPNCIP Green PowerKTM142.8+14.637
2419Andi Farid IZDIHARINAHonda Team AsiaHonda142.8+14.794
2592Yuki KUNIIJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda142.8+14.968

Moto3
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.

Moto3 replaced the the 125 cc class in 2012. This class is restricted to single-cylinder 250 cc four-stroke engines with a maximum bore of 81 mm (3.2 inches). The minimum total weight for motorcycle and rider is 148 kg (326 lb). The minimum age for the Moto3 class normally is 16, and cannot be older than 28 years, or 25 years for new contracted riders participating for the first time and wild-cards.

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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