An emotional Romano Fenati claimed his first post-VR46 win by four and a half seconds at COTA on Sunday, crossing the line with his head in his hands in the Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas.

The Marinelli Rivacold Snipers rider had been running outside the top ten during the original race start, before Kaito Toba's tumble caused the red flags to come out.

Fenati did not make the same mistake on the restart and was handed a massive advantage after Aron Canet, who had dominated the weekend, crashed out of the lead as the pair fought at the front. Canet was sent flying over the handlebars after a highside and left clutching his leg before eventually making his way back to the pits.

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Fenati increased his lead after being left solo to take the top spot on another all-Honda podium.

Jorge Martin battled to the front of what was for much of the duration a seven man fight for second to make it three podiums in a row for the Gresini rider, equalling his best finish.

His points move him to second in the championship, cutting Joan Mir's lead to just six points.

Martin's team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio pushed his way to the front for the final rostrum spot.

In a close run to the line it was Enea Bastianini who just missed out on spraying the champagne,though he does collect his first points of the season in fourth for Estrella Galicia.

Nicolo Bulega was close behind in fifth for Sky Racing Team VR46 and finished as the top KTM rider, holding off RBA's Juanfran Guevara, who mugged John McPhee at the line to steal sixth from the British Talent Team man.

Mir took valuable championship points in a hard fought eighth for Leopard, with Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP) and Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) doing enough to claim top ten finishes.

Gabriel Rodrigo put his practice and warm-up spills behind him for eleventh on the second RBA entry, Andrea Migno was next to see the chequered flag in twelfth for the Sky Racing Team.

The remaining points on offer went to Jules Danilo (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) in 13th, Niccolo Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in 14th and Livio Loi (Leopard Racing) in 15th.

Maco Bezzechi was top rookie in 17th for CIP, Mexican wild-card Gabriel Martinez-Abrego cam in 28th in his second race.

Bo Bendsneyder failed to make the restart after his crash but Manuel Pagliani and Kaito Toba - who's fall caused the red flags to come out when he was stuck in the kerb - started from pitlane. Toba fell again after two laps when back underway.

Tatsuki Suzuki retired just before the start of the final lap.

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