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Austin Moto2: Terol peerless for debut win, Espargaro crashes
21 April 2013
By Lisa Lewis
Nico Terol took victory in the Moto2 race at the Circuit of the Americas, his first in the intermediate class.
The hard-riding Mapfre Aspar man powered his Suter to the front of the pack and enjoyed over a three second gap by the time the chequered flag was waved to take his first Moto2 win off the back of his first front row start.
Terol had been near the top of the timesheets all weekend and secured his fourth overall grand prix win on an U.S. circuit to add to his three previous 125cc wins at the Indianapolis track.
He joins Casey Stoner for the highest total wins at an American track.
The battle for second was frantic with Mika Kallio sliding his Marc VDS all over the track in a bid for second but had to settle for third after a flying Tito Rabat worked his way past.
Rabat spent his race chasing down the leaders on his way to the podium, he was the highest finishing of the Tuenti HP40 team-mates after Pol Espargaro crashed out.
It was Dominique Aegerter who missed out on the podium, despite trying a wide range of different lines around the circuit, a late touch between his Technomag carXpert bike and Kallio forcing him wide to stay in the race.
Scott Redding was the early leader but struggled to keep pace at the top with what appeared to be serious tyre wear after just a handful of laps.
The Brit went for damage limitation riding solidly after battling with Aegerter for much of the race.
Despite this Redding leads the championship standings after the first two races with 31 points having also been on the podium in Qatar. Kallio,Terol and Rabat are all tied in second after their Austin performances.
Johann Zarco's Came Iodaracing Project narrowly beat the QMMFSpeed Up bike of Ant West to sixth after the Australian had held the position for much of the race.
The top ten was completed by the NGM Forward machines of Mattia Pasini and Alex De Angelis and the Blusens Avintia of former Moto2 champion Toni Elias.
Jir rider Mike Di Meglio continued his progress as the sole Motobi user and crossed the line 11th.
Marcel Schrotter finished 12th despite starting from pit lane on his Desguaces La Torre SAG bike.
Pol Espargaro crashed out early with 16 laps remaining. The Tuenti HP 40 rider had work to do after qualifying down in seventh and was carried away limping from his tumble with one of his boots missing.
Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami appeared to suffered rear tyre problems and had a gearbox issue which caused him to pit and retire when running near the front.
British rider Danny Kent was 18th for Tech3 and also improving was his fellow countryman Kyle Smith in 21st aboard his Blusens Avintia.
Moto2 returns in Jerez over the weekend of the 3-5 May.
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