Maverick Vinales Wins Moto2 Race Of The Americas


Reigning Moto3 World Champion and Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) rode like an established intermediate-class star to win the Honda-powered Moto2 race, comfortably ahead of Qatar winner Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex).

The 19-year-old Spaniard charged through from eighth place on the first lap to overpower race leader Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) in the closing stages.

Rabat followed Vinales through into second but had no answer for the leader‰Ûªs stunning end-of-race pace. Vinales finally crossed the line four seconds in front of his compatriot, with Aegerter a further 1.3 seconds down at the flag.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs an incredible feeling to win, especially my second Moto2 race." Vinales enthused. "I‰Ûªve felt good with the bike all weekend.

"We spent most of our time during practice working with used tyres. The team worked very hard and when you work very hard you can win. Today we had the bike to win.‰Û
Steve Rabat finished second but like the rest of the field had nothing for Vinales - Credit: Honda Racing
Rabat was happy with his second place finish after some scary moments during the race.

‰ÛÏIt was tough ‰ÛÒ I had to go wide to avoid a collision after the start and then Zarco touched me, so after that I tried to find a good rhythm and I passed many riders." Rabat explained.

"The worst problem was we had an issue with the gearbox ‰ÛÒ so when I changed down to first it would go into neutral and suddenly back into first, almost throwing me off the bike.

"But I‰Ûªm happy because we had some problems and we still finished second.‰Û
Dominique Aegerter rounded out the podium in Texas - Credit: Honda Racing
Dominique Aegerter was very happy with his spot on the podium after suffering from engine problems at round one in Qatar.

‰ÛÏAfter the disappointment of my engine problem at the first race I‰Ûªm very happy today." Aegerter stated. "The team did a great job and I had a good set-up all weekend, so we got my first front-row start, which really helped because usually I am used to having to overtake many riders in the first laps.

"After the first ten or 15 laps the front-tyre performance dropped a little, so I couldn‰Ûªt stay with the others braking into the corners. Overall, I‰Ûªm very happy to be on the podium again.‰Û
Australia's Anthony West finished 7th and currently sits 8th in the championship standings - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Race Results:
1. Maverick Vinales 41m31.520s ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
2. Esteve Rabat 4.009 ESP KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
3. Dominique Aegerter 7.323 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
4. Mika Kallio 8.590 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
5. Simone Corsi 9.934 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
6. Thomas Luthi 16.987 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
7. Anthony West 17.561 AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
8. Alex De Angelis 18.948 SMR SUTER Tasca Racing Moto2
9. Marcel Schrotter 19.720 GER TECH 3 Tech 3
10. Ricard Cardus 24.552 ESP TECH 3 Tech 3
11. Takaaki Nakagima 28.463 JPN KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
12. Mattia Pasini 43.955 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
13. Randy Krummenacher 44.344 SWI SUTER IodaRacing Project
14. Sandro Cortese 45.666 GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
15. Hafizh Syahrin 49.291 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
16. Sam Lowes 51.154 GBR SPEED UP Speed Up
17. Franco Morbidelli 51.331 ITA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
18. Azlan Shah 51.683 MAL KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
19. Axel Pons 52.113 SPA KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
20. Tetsuta Nagashima 1'02.103 JPN TSR Teluru Team JiR Webike
21. Roman Ramos 1'02.346 ESP SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
22. Thitipong Warokorn 1'03.495 THA KALEX APH PTT The Pizza SAG
23. Julian Simon 1'04.944 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
24. Robin Mulhauser 1'09.941 SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
25. Gino Rea 1'20.330 GBR SUTER AGT REA Racing
26. Jordi Torres 1'33.781 ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
27. Xavier Simeon DNF GER SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
28. Nicolas Terol DNF ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
29. Louis Rossi DNF FRA KALEX SAG team
30. Josh Herrin DNF USA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
31. Jonas Folger DNF GER KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
32. Lorenzo Baldassarri DNF ITA SUTER Gresini Moto2
33 Johann Zarco DNF FRA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
34 Luis Salom DNF ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
Moto2 Podium - Credit: Honda Racing
Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 2: 1. Esteve Rabat 45 pts
2. Maverick Vinales 36 pts
3. Mika Kallio 29 pts
4. Takaaki Nakagima 25 pts
5. Thomas Luthi 23 pts
6. Simone Corsi 21 pts
7. Dominique Aegerter 16 pts
8. Anthony West 15 pts
9. Sandro Cortese 10 pts
10. Sam Lowes 9 pts
11. Ricard Cardus 9 pts
12. Alex De Angelis 8 pts
13. Marcel Schrotter 7 pts
14. Jordi Torres 7 pts
15. Randy Krummenacher 5 pts
16. Louis Rossi 5 pts
17. Mattia Pasini 4 pts
18. Jonas Folger 4 pts
19. Luis Salom 1 pts
20. Hafizh Syahrin 1 pts

Top Image: Maverick Vinales on his way to winning in Texas

Credit: Honda Racing

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