Gardner crashes out as Raul Fernandez wins Americas Moto2 GP

Raul Fernandez. Picture: MotoGP.com

Raul Fernandez has taken a huge chunk out of Remy Gardner’s Moto2 championship lead after he won at the Circuit of The Americas and his Australian team-mate crashed out.

Gardner had fought back to second position in the Grand Prix of the Americas, about 1.5s behind the other Red Bull KTM Ajo entry, when he hit the deck on Lap 6.

Raul Fernandez went on to win and thus slash the margin at the top of the standings from 34 points to nine, with three races to go, while Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi completed the podium.

When the 18-lap race began, Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) came from Row 2 to briefly led the field into the first corner before he ran wide.

That allowed Raul Fernandez to get back ahead and it was Gardner emerging second, Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini) third, and Bezzecchi (Sky VR46) fourth, for the run down the hill, matching grid order.

Beaubier got back ahead of Bezzecchi at Turn 12, the end of the back straight, before Di Giannantonio slipstreamed past Gardner as Lap 1 became lap 2.

However, those manoeuvres triggered a serious battle for second which saw positions chop and change for a number of laps, allowing Raul Fernandez to skip away to an advantage of more than one second at the front of the field.

After that initial scrap over the minor placings, Di Giannantonio would be running in second position, from Gardner and Beaubier.

However, when the former of that trio ran well wide at Turn 15 on Lap 3, Gardner and Beaubier both went through, into second and third respectively.

Beaubier overtook Gardner into Turn 12 on Lap 4 but the Australian re-passed the American only a matter of corners later, while Di Giannantonio remained fourth.

On the following lap, Beaubier nearly lost the front end of Bike #6 at Turn 11, sending him wide and costing him positions to Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi by the time they negotiated the Turn 12 left-hander off the back straight.

Gardner had drifted to 1.5s behind leader Raul Fernandez, albeit relatively secure in second position, when disaster struck on Lap 6.

The man on #87 arrived wide of the ideal line at Turn 15 and tucked the front of his KTM Ajo entry, sending him to the floor.

That gifted a margin of more than two seconds to Raul Fernandez, with Di Giannantonio running in second place, from Bezzecchi, Beaubier, and Tony Arbolino (Liqui-Moly Intact).

The latter two would soon be fighting with each other for fourth position, a battle which saw Arbolino run wide on Lap 10 at Turn 11 and Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS) therefore take up fifth spot.

Up the front, Raul Fernandez’s lead over Di Giannantonio ebbed and flowed between 1.5s and two seconds, while Augusto Fernandez overtook Beaubier for fourth on Lap 11.

With a lap to go, Raul Fernandez had eased back out to a 2.538s advantage, and would go on to collect 25 crucial championship points at the chequered flag.

Di Giannantonio officially finished 1.734s back, and Bezzecchi another 1.366s again.

Augusto Fernandez claimed fourth, from Beaubier, Arbolino, Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta), Marcos Ramirez (American Racing), and Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta).

Round 16 is the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, at Misano, October 22-24.

Race results: Americas Moto2 Grand Prix

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 39:10.521
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +1.734
3 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex +3.100
4 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ ESP Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex +4.061
5 6 Cameron BEAUBIER USA American Racing Kalex +5.381
6 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex +7.577
7 79 Ai OGURA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +11.087
8 97 Xavi VIERGE ESP Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex +14.949
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP American Racing Kalex +16.051
10 96 Jake DIXON GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex +18.278
11 44 Aron CANET ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro +20.679
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO ESP MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro +22.738
13 24 Simone CORSI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta +22.913
14 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +23.247
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex +23.108
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +27.006
17 70 Barry BALTUS BEL NTS RW Racing GP NTS +28.086
18 16 Joe ROBERTS USA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex +32.719
19 62 Stefano MANZI ITA Flexbox HP40 Kalex +37.542
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS NTS RW Racing GP NTS +39.658
21 54 Fermín ALDEGUER ESP MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro +40.685
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta +47.168
DNF 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 4 Laps
DNF 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 5 Laps
DNF 75 Albert ARENAS ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 7 Laps
DNF 40 Hector GARZO ESP Flexbox HP40 Kalex 8 Laps
DNF 22 Sam LOWES GBR Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 9 Laps
DNF 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 13 Laps
DNF 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 16 Laps

Race winner: 18 laps

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Remy GARDNER AUS 271
2 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP 262
3 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA 206
4 Sam LOWES GBR 140
5 Augusto FERNANDEZ ESP 131
6 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA 128
7 Aron CANET ESP 124
8 Ai OGURA JPN 113
9 Marcel SCHROTTER GER 84
10 Xavi VIERGE ESP 83
11 Jorge NAVARRO ESP 78
12 Joe ROBERTS USA 59
13 Celestino VIETTI ITA 53
14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA 51
15 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED 41
16 Cameron BEAUBIER USA 39
17 Somkiat CHANTRA THA 37
18 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP 29
19 Jake DIXON GBR 27
20 Albert ARENAS ESP 23
21 Thomas LUTHI SUI 21
22 Stefano MANZI ITA 20
23 Simone CORSI ITA 16
24 Fermín ALDEGUER ESP 13
25 Hector GARZO ESP 12
26 Nicolò BULEGA ITA 12
27 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA 10
28 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS 8
29 Alonso LOPEZ ESP 4
30 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA 3
31 Barry BALTUS BEL 2
32 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA JPN
33 Manuel GONZALEZ ESP
34 Yari MONTELLA ITA
35 Tommaso MARCON ITA
36 Miquel PONS ESP
37 John MCPHEE GBR
38 Fraser ROGERS GBR
39 Taiga HADA JPN
40 Xavi CARDELUS AND
41 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI POL
42 Keminth KUBO THA

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