An early incident in the Circuit of the Americas MotoGP race caused multiple damage to the Avintia Ducati of Loris Baz.

But the Frenchman refused to give up and, despite dropping to the back of the field, was ultimately rewarded with 15th place and the final world championship point.

"I did a good start and I was in the right group, but on the second lap, when I was passing another rider, someone came from the inside and hit me. I tried to lift the bike, but I crashed. I don't know who did it, but this is racing," he said.

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"It was difficult to finish the race without [gear] shifter, one centimetre footpeg, and damaged swingarm, but I did it for my team and my mechanics after such a good weekend.

"It was hard and I had some pain in my shoulder, but even though, my pace was not so bad."

Baz's fastest race lap was 1.9s from the best by race winner Marc Marquez and within 0.4s of his team-mate Hector Barbera, who crossed the line in ninth.

17 riders finished the race, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith also remounting after falls.