Franco Morbidelli kept Tom Luthi in check to ease to victory in the Moto2 Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin.

The EG 0,0 Marc VDS man managed his gap to lead over the line by +2.633s taking his third victory in the opening three races, matching the feat of Daijiro Kato in the opening races of the 2001 250cc season.

Tom Luthi could not equal the pace of the leader after the Italian sped off courtesy of a new lap record and though he closed the gap to under a second on several occasions Morbidelli always answered, forcing the CarXpert Interwetten rider into second, still a great ride after starting on the second row of the grid.

Despite the Swiss man putting in his best ever performance at COTA Morbidelli still increases his championship lead by five points after taking the maximum on offer so far to a total of nineteen points.

A great battle with six laps to go for the final podium spot went to Taka Nakagami, who had shown his race pace in warm-up. The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider spoiled Alex Marquez birthday a little by knocking the Marc VDS rider out of rostrum contention and then pulling away. Marquez had been battling at the front before a mistake saw him run wide out of second in the opening laps.

The Spaniard also gained late attention from Dominique Aegerter, though he had enough in the tank to keep the Kiefer Racing man at bay.

The Swiss rider was the top non-Kalex finisher and moved into fifth after an error by Miguel Oliveira, who also ran wide on his Red Bull KTM Ajo machine, he finished sixth, narrowly ahead of the Speed Up of Simone Corsi.

Marcel Schrotter's Suter was eighth over the line for Dynavolt Intact GP, easily ahead of Xavi Vierge's Tech3 in ninth as Forward Racing's Luca Marini won the five-way battle for tenth, providing a good mix of manufacturers in the top spots.

Hafizh Syahrin took the chequered flag in eleventh and Fabio Quartararo was the top rookie in twelfth for Pons HP40.

The remaining points went to Xavier Simeon (Tasca Racing) in 13th, replacement rider Ricky Cadrus (in for Brad Binder at Red Bull KTM Ajo) in 14th and Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini) in 15th.

Stefano Manzi and replacement rider Julian Simon (in for Remy Gardner) didn't make it past turn one, with Lorenzo Baldassarri only getting as far as turn twelve with Yonny Hernandez, who was shown apologising to the Italian rider. Jesko Raffin also got tangled up with the pair, ending his race hopes though he retuned to track for 21st.

Edgar Pons only lasted two laps before he too exited the race, limping away. An unlucky Mattia Pasini slid out of fourth with fourteen laps remaining, he remounted for 22nd.

Iker Lecuona pulled out before the race with pain from his arm, Danny Kent also failed to make the grid after pinching a nerve in his back.

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