Alex Rins put on a perfect display as he controlled the Moto2 Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, holding off Sam Lowes - the only man to follow him - as the battle for third raged hard behind them.

The Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider won from pole for the third consecutive time after also winning from the top grid slot in Phillip Island and Indianapolis last season. Dominique Aegerter had got a huge start off the line but Rins held his line to hit the front again immediately, a position he then held all the way to the chequered flag.

Ahead of his third Moto2 win the Pons man had shown good form at the track having impressed in practice and with a podium finish at the circuit in his debut season in the class in 2015.

Sam Lowes pulled out of the chasing pack and set about chasing down Rins, though close and pressuring, the Spaniard remained in control.

The Gresini rider's big plus from the race is that his second place points move him into the overall championship lead by just a single point from winner Rins, who is in turn just one point ahead of Johann Zarco.

The Frenchman grabbed important points himself after securing third late on after the six-way fight for the final rostrum slot was splintered by Taka Nakagami's fall as he took an apparent nudge from rival Simone Corsi, a move which was put under investigation by race direction.

The Ajo Motorsport man pulled away from a very much back in form Dominique Aegerter in fourth, who looked at home and comfortable in Austin as he fought had for position for Interwetten.

Jonas Folger was just behind him to the flag for Dynavolt Intact GP, while another small gap appeared before Corsi slid his Speed Up ahead of Tom Luthi on the second Interwetten entry at the line for sixth on his 200th grand prix appearance.

Xavier Simeon was visibly pleased with his first top ten finish of the season in eighth as he picked of places over the closing laps for QMMF, finishing just ahead of his team-mate Julian Simon on his Speed Up in ninth.

AGR Team rider Marcel Schrotter completed the top ten ahead of Alex Marquez, who takes his first points of 2016 in eleventh for EG 0,0 Marc VDS and Sandro Cortese in twelfth for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Luis Salom was back in the points in 13th for SAG team, Franco Morbidelli had his EG 0,0 Marc VDS bike rebuilt overnight with a spare frame as he lacked confidence on it, but could still only manage 14th.

Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda team Asia) remounted after his crash to secure the final point in 15th.

Axel Pons and Lorenzo Baldassarri were handed ride through penalties for jump starting.They finished 22nd and 23rd respectively.

Luca Marini collected Robin Mulhauser early in the race, Danny Kent retired to the pits with 14 laps remaining, reporting an issue with his clutch. Miguel Oliveira also failed to go the distance without a fall, ending a bad day for the Leopard team at turn six.

Efren Vazquez was absent after his huge qualifying crash as he remains under observation with a fractured ankle, rib bruising and spine injury.

Edgar Pons also sat out Austin as he recovers from hepatitis A.

 

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