Morbidelli Eases to Third Consecutive Victory

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Franco Morbidelli continued his perfect start to the 2017 Moto2 season with a comfortable victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Italian proved too strong for title rival Thomas Luthi as he claimed his third win out of three, the first time this has been done in the intermediate class since 2001.

In the early stages, the battle for victory looked to be between the three riders who had qualified on the front row but Mattia Pasini’s exciting would come to a halt on lap seven, losing the front end of his Italtrans Kalex at turn one. Alex Marquez would keep up the pressure on his team-mate but once he slid wide on lap thirteen, dropping to fourth, his hopes of victory disappeared.

Luthi inherited second from the Spaniard but despite a series of consistent laps, the Swiss rider couldn’t make an impression on the one-second lead of Morbidelli, eventually giving best to the championship leader. Takaaki Nakagami would claim the final rostrum position following Marquez’s error while Dominique Aegerter impressed aboard the Kiefer Suter, taking fifth.

Miguel Oliveira made the top six again for KTM after holding off Simone Corsi on the leading Speed Up and Marcel Schrotter’s Suter while Xavi Vierge produced another stand-out display for Tech 3, finishing ninth ahead of Luca Marini.


Moto2 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Race Result

121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS41:20.07825
212. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+2.63320
330. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+6.80916
473. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+9.85213
577. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+10.92711
644. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+13.02910
724. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+13.3359
823. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GP+13.7548
997. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+18.0797
1010. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+21.4186
1155. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+21.4305
1240. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+21.7364
1319. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+21.9743
1488. Ricard CardusKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+24.2452
159. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+24.8631
1642. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+28.226
1732. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+28.443
1849. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+34.767
1945. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+37.279
205. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+37.530
212. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+38.953
2254. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+43.720
2311. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+51.515
2447. Axel BassaniSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+1:07.841
2589. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+1:08.137
NC57. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+17 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+19 Laps
NC68. Yonny HernandezKalexAGR Team+19 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+19 Laps
NC60. Julian SimonTech 3Tech 3 Racing+19 Laps
NS27. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus InterwettenInjured
NS52. Danny KentSuterKiefer RacingInjured