Romano Fenati broke the tradition of the pole-sitter taking the win in Texas, making the race his own after taking the lead following an error by Jorge Navarro in the Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas.

The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider had made an excellent start on his KTM before dropping in behind his Spanish rival, where he sat waiting to make his move after reeling in Navarro.

Once the Spaniard ran wide at turn one, gifting Fenati the lead, he didn't look back finishing a huge 6.6 seconds ahead aboard his KTM.

It is Fenati's seventh Moto3 win, his first of the year and his first at Austin after coming close to taking victory at the track back in 2014, where he lost out at the line to Jack Miller.

Navarro's plan had been to sit behind Fenati and wait for a chance to retake the lead, but rear grip became an issue for the Estrella Galicia rider, forcing him to settle for second.

The podium was completed by Brad Binder, starting from twelfth the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider had an uphill struggle, but moved up four places on the first lap and kept his momentum going.

Despite chatter issues he was buoyed by being able to pass a struggling Fabio Quartararo, then slicing pole man Philipp Oettl's lead over him to put himself in with a rostrum chance, his decisive move coming as he slipstreamed past at turn twelve on the final lap.

A podium finisher at every round so far, his consistency means he maintains his early championship lead, a slim three points ahead of Navarro after three rounds.

Oettl fought bravely before surrendering for fourth for Schedl GP racing, and was almost three seconds clear of fifth place finisher Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing).

Enea Bastianini puled clear of the chasing battle to secure sixth for Gresini, ahead of top rookie Aron Canet on the second Estrella Galicia 0,0 entry in seventh.

Livio Loi finished eighth for RW Racing GP, Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) battled to ninth, his first top ten finish in Moto3 passing Sky Racing's Nicolo Bulega at the line.

After running with the leaders early on Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC) faded to eleventh, RBA Racing's Juanfran Guevara was next to take the flag in twelfth.

The remaining points on offer went to Leopard Racing's Quartararo,in 13th after dropping down the order with a bike problem, Aspar's Francesco Bagnaia - the top Mahindra finisher in 14th and Andrea Migno on the third Sky Racing entry in 15th.

Britain's John McPhee finished 21st after scoring Peugeot's first points last weekend for the Saxoprint team.

Adam Norrodin suffered more bad luck as he was first to leave the race at the start of lap two, after getting tagged by Hiroki Ono. Ono was handed a ride through penalty for his actions.

Joan Mir and Darryn Binder clashed at the same corner three laps later as the Spanish rookie tried to make up his qualifying deficit with a wild move.

Jorge Martin crashed with twelve laps to go, rejoining straight away before ending his day in the pits. Karel Hankia and Stefano Valtulini also retired.

Niccolo Antonelli was the final faller on the penultimate lap, pushing for position in the middle of the top ten he passed under Bastianini only to have his front end fold. The Italian had fought his way up to the points reaching seventh after starting 30th on the grid.

 

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