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Austin Moto3: Rins takes first win in restarted Grand Prix

Alex Rins takes his first victory at the inaugural Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas from Austin, Texas, in a restarted race.
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.

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