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Austin Moto3: First win for Rins in restarted race
21 April 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Alex Rins won a five-lap restarted Moto3 race at the Circuit of the Americas, after a red-flag caused by RW Racing rider Jasper Iwema's huge highside crash at the fast turn 19.
The second 'sprint' initially benefited Red Bull Ajo's Luis Salom, who had struggled with tyre issues and dropped back during the original race, but made the best of a new front for the restart.
Rins snatched the win when Salom went wide fighting through the final corner of the race, also allowing Team Calvo's Maverick Vinales through for second.
The all-Spanish, all-KTM podium featured the same trio of riders from Qatar so they also dominate the early championship standings, with Salom and Rins tied on 41 points and Vinales just one point behind.
Iwema was conscious leaving the track and was airlifted to hospital for a CT scan. He is described as having mobility in his limbs and concussion.
Jonas Folger tried to keep pace with the frontrunners on his Kalex KTM in the restart but had to settle for fourth for the Mapfre Aspar team.
Miguel Oliveira was the highest non Kalex finisher, making the most of the interruption to improve his position to fifth for Mahindra in an intense battle for the remaining places.
Caretta Technology- RTG rider Jack Miller was the fastest of the Honda riders in sixth ahead of Zulfahmi Khairuddin in seventh, the second of the Red Bull riders across the line.
Ongetta-Rivacold rider Alexis Masbou, Ambrogio's Brad Binder and Jakub Kornfeil of Redox RW Racing all also made the top ten.
British rider Danny Webb took 11th for the Ambrogio racing team ahead of Arthur Sissis who started the race on painkillers after damaging his wrist in a qualifying crash and crossed the line twelfth.
The final point was taken by Avant Tecno's Niklas Ajo who found himself in second after an early mistake from Vinales after the restart only to fall back down the order.
Female participant Ana Carrasco finished in 20th for team Calvo just ahead of the second British rider in the field John McPhee who placed 21st for Caretta Technology after a tough weekend following his bike being wrecked beyond use in Qatar.
In the original race the battle for first had been contested between the Spanish trio of Rins, Vinales and Salom after Rins attempt to break away failed and the three were over six seconds clear after five laps.
Last seasons rookie of the year had impressed with consistent laps and while Vinales kept pace despite his hand injury, going faster than he had all weekend to do so, as Salom dropped back.
They all mistakenly entered parc ferme as the twelfth lap was not complete, to be sent away for the restart.
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