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MotoGP 2016: Round 3 - USA Recap

It was Marc Marquez in the States, what did you think would happen?

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An oil spillage led to a delay in the start of proceedings, pushing back the start of Moto3 until 12:15 local time.

Moto3

Moto3 First Five Rows
Row 1 Philipp OETTL
Jorge NAVARRO
Enea BASTIANINI
Row 2 Jakub KORNFEIL
Romano FENATI
Adam NORRODIN
Row 3 Andrea LOCATELLI
Jules DANILO
Fabio QUARTARARO
Row 4 Livio LOI
Nicolo BULEGA
Brad BINDER
Row 5 Tatsuki SUZUKI
Juanfran GUEVARA
Alexis MASBOU

Niccolo Antonelli qualified a lowly 30th, with the racewinner from last time, Khairul Pawi, two places further back. Philipp Oettl started from pole for the first time.

He didn't start too well though, with Jorge Navarro taking the early lead. Oettl had a battle on fending off Romano Fenati for second. Adam Norrodin was taken out by Hiroki Ono on lap two (with Ono later receiving a drive through penalty), with Brad Binder starting well to rise to fourth. Navarro had a good early lead, though, opening up a gap of over a second to the chasing pack.

Binder dragged a few people along with him, notably Fabio Quartararo on the Leopard KTM, and they settled into a good battle for fourth. Behind them, Enea Bastianini and Jakub Kornfeil were having a similar tussle. At the front, Navarro was seeing the gap slowly come down, with Fenati - having passed Oettl - chasing him. Joan Mir and Darryn Binder clashed when Mir went up the inside at the turn one hairpin a bit too optimistically and Binder shut the door a bit too firmly shut. Jorge Martin crashed out while running midfield. Antonelli, on the other hand, was having a stormer, rising to 13th after his lowly start.

Off-camera, Fenati closed the gap and took the lead, making the most of Navarro running wide at turn one to nip inside. A few laps later, Quartararo had closed down Oettl and took third from him. Fenati was away though, opening a 2.8 second gap up to Navarro.

The best battle on track was for seventh, Aron Canet dragging Bastianini and Antonelli with him, trading places at every turn. Quartararo seemed to suffer something mechanical problem, losing third but not stopping him from carrying on - albeit very slowly. Soon after, Antonelli destroyed his great ride, crashing from seventh with two laps left.

Fenati took the win comfortably in the end, with Navarro a distant second. Binder pipped Oettl for third on the last lap to retain the championship lead. Quartararo kept running to take 13th, and three points.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 5 Romano FENATI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 144.3 41'14.868
2 20 9 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 143.9 6.612
3 16 41 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 143.7 10.535
4 13 65 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM 143.7 10.975
5 11 55 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM 143.5 13.845
6 10 33 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 143.5 14.123
7 9 44 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 143.4 16.309
8 8 11 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda 143 21.841
9 7 60 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 143 22.004
10 6 8 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 143 22.351
11 5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 143 22.714
12 4 58 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM 143 22.764
13 3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM 142.8 26.024
14 2 21 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra 142.7 28.161
15 1 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 142.7 28.259

Moto2

Moto2 First Five Rows
Row 1 Alex RINS
Johann ZARCO
Sam LOWES
Row 2 Dominique AEGERTER
Thomas LUTHI
Takaaki NAKAGAMI
Row 3 Jonas FOLGER
Simone CORSI
Franco MORBIDELLI
Row 4 Sandro CORTESE
Julian SIMON
Lorenzo BALDASSARRI
Row 5 Marcel SCHROTTER
Luis SALOM
Axel PONS

Efren Vasquez missed the race after a huge crash in qualifying which red flagged the session - he suffered a bad leg injury while also needing a CT scan after taking a huge bump on the head.

Dominique Aegerter made the best start from fourth, taking the lead before turn one. Sam Lowes ran wide but it only cost him one place. Aegerter quickly lost the lead, with polesitter Alex Rins and Johann Zarco reclaiming their starting positions. Lowes picked off Aegerter on lap two, while Rins tore off at the front. Lowes took second from Zarco soon after, two great passes in quick succession. Jonas Folger made a good start from the third row and was up to fourth by the end of lap two.

Lorenzo Baldassarri's nightmare start to the season continued, as he and Axel Pons both made jump starts.

Lowes was catching Rins fast, closing a 1.5 second gap down to 0.5 seconds in a lap and a half. The Brit looked on a mission, as did Folger, who made a couple of attempts at taking third from the slow Zarco but running wide both times. Tom Luthi joined the battle for third, around the same time that Luca Marini took out Robin Mulhauser. Danny Kent retired with something gear-related.

Aegerter finally made a move on Zarco stick for third, with his team mate Luthi briefly following him through before Zarco took the place back. Simone Corsi brought himself into the battle too, but was involved with a tussle with Takaaki Nakagami and Folger. At the front, Rins had a consistent gap of 0.4 to Lowes, but he certainly wasn't losing Lowes at all. The battle between third and eighth was where the action was, with lots of overtakes and mettle-tests in braking zones.

With four laps left, Zarco had taken back third with help from some questionable moves by Nakagami, who was then knocked out by Corsi at turn one. Rins looked like he finally had the beating of Lowes, opening up a gap of over a second. The battle behind meant that Zarco looked set in third, but it was still anyone's guess for fourth to seventh. Luthi found himself drop from fourth to seventh in a lap while Folger kept Corsi at bay.

Rins took the win, with Lowes very happy in second. Zarco was eventually a comfortable third, with Aegerter winning the battle for fourth.

Sam Lowes leads the championship. Excited fanboying over here.

Fun point before MotoGP - it started to spit with rain at the end of Moto2.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 40 Alex RINS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 151.9 41'22.174
2 20 22 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 151.7 2.091
3 16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 151.4 7.737
4 13 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 151.3 8.646
5 11 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 151.3 8.791
6 10 24 Simone CORSI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 151.2 11.083
7 9 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 151.2 11.278
8 8 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 150.8 17.933
9 7 60 Julian SIMON SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 150.7 18.718
10 6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER AGR Team Kalex 150.7 19.408
11 5 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 150.5 22.173
12 4 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 150.4 23.898
13 3 39 Luis SALOM SPA SAG Team Kalex 150.3 25.395
14 2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 150.2 26.883
15 1 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 150.2 27.598

MotoGP

MotoGP First Five Rows
Row 1 Marc MARQUEZ
Jorge LORENZO
Valentino ROSSI
Row 2 Maverick VIÑALES
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Row 3 Andrea IANNONE*
Dani PEDROSA
Aleix ESPARGARO
Row 4 Scott REDDING
Bradley SMITH
Loris BAZ
Row 5 Pol ESPARGARO
Hector BARBERA
Eugene LAVERTY

Andrea Iannone qualified fourth, but was demoted three places due to the accident he caused in Argentina. Jack Miller had a crash in FP2 which ruled him out of the race. Michele Pirro continued his substitute stint for Danilo Petrucci.

The rain held off, meaning a dry race.

Marquez made a good start from pole, but Lorenzo made a better, leading into turn one but running wide to lose it again. Lorenzo made the same move again later in the lap, but ran wide and fell to fourth. Valentino Rossi made a good start, but made a mistake to drop to sixth. Aleix Espargaro had his big boy leathers on, climbing to fourth by the end of lap one, including a block pass on Rossi of all people. Andrea Dovizioso started brightly though, sitting in second and keeping close to the back of Marquez. Loris Baz was an early faller, but he got back on.

Lap two, Rossi crashed out, the bike disappearing from under him. At the front, Marquez did what he does in America and was away. A good fight was developing between seventh and tenth, Scott Redding and Maverick Viñales fighting that out, with Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith behind them. Lorenzo took second from a labouring Dovi, Dani Pedrosa looking interested on the back of him too.

Maverick put paid to Redding while Andrea Iannone took fifth from Aleix. In front of them, Pedrosa got keen. Very keen. Too keen, hitting a bump, losing the front end and taking out Dovi. Dovi cannot catch a break. Later in the lap, Crutchlow was on the back of Redding...until he lost the bike too, followed very closely by Smith. Crutchlow, Smith and Pedrosa carried on, but Dovi was unable.

At the business end, the Suzukis started to battle. Maverick was keeping Aleix very honest, all the while with Redding closing in on the pair of them. Maverick took fourth after a really good two-lap battle. All the crashes promoted Pol Espargaro to seventh, Hector Barbera to eighth, Pirro to ninth and Stefan Bradl's Aprilia to tenth. Pedrosa decided honour was the best part of valour and retired from 17th. To his credit, he went straight to the Ducati garage to apologise to Dovi.

The rest of the race was fairly uniform. Marquez won at a canter, Lorenzo was comfortably second, Iannone had a sensible race to third, Maverick had the beating of Aleix for fourth, and Scott Redding finished top independent in sixth. Eugene Laverty got another good points finish in 12th.

Poor Dovi.

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.9 43'57.945
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 157.6 6.107
3 16 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 157.3 10.947
4 13 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 156.8 18.422
5 11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 156.7 20.711
6 10 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 156.2 28.961
7 9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 156 32.112
8 8 51 Michele PIRRO ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 156 32.757
9 7 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 155.9 34.592
10 6 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 155.6 40.211
11 5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 155.3 45.423
12 4 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 155.2 47.127
13 3 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 155.2 47.426
14 2 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 154.9 51.19
15 1 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 153.7 +1'12.929

Burnt Rubber will round the weekend up tomorrow, check back with us then.