Danny Kent took a dominating Moto3 win at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas Sunday, grabbing an early lead and extending his gap to nearly a nine-seconds by the race's end. French 15-year-old Moto3 rookie Fabio Quartararo rode a brilliant series of final laps to take second, his first-ever podium in his second-ever Grand Prix. Kent's teammate Efren Vazquez finished third, right on Quartararo's heels.
Tucked in behind Vazquez at the line was Enea Bastianini who had briefly moved into a podium position during a chaotic final three laps. Brad Binder held on for fifth after a final-lap, final-corner crash by Alexis Masbou. John McPhee came home in sixth.
The race marked Kent's third career win and his first championship points lead.
While Kent dominated practices and final two-thirds of the race, the rest of the field provided the show, none more than the heralded rookie who last year so dominated the Spanish Moto3 series that it prompted race organizers to rewrite the rules to allow a 15-year-old into the world championship class. Thus far, he's done nothing to diminish expectations.
With 12 laps to go on a mostly dry track, Kent had already settled into a one-second lead. Jorge Navarro led the chase pack with Andrea Locatelli, Niccolo Antonelli, Alexis Masbou and Quattararo in tow. Within a lap, Kent began extended his lead to three seconds from second place. As the pack fought for position, Quartararo seized an opening and sliced into third.
Another six laps in and Kent had disappeared from the pack by nine seconds. Masbou battled into second and put Quartararo into third. A rapid series of lead changes over the final three laps left the French rider holding second with Masbou on his tail. On the final lap it was Kent, Masbou, Quartararo, Vazquez and Bastianini. Quartararo seized second and Masbou dropped to fifth. One the race's final corner, Masbou, the Qatar race winner, lost the front end on Turn 20 and eventually crossed the line in 16th.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|25||11||Livio LOI||Honda||1 Lap|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Mahindra||1 Lap|
|44||Miguel OLIVEIRA||KTM||8 Laps|
|21||Francesco BAGNAIA||Mahindra||9 Laps|
|9||Jorge NAVARRO||Honda||9 Laps|
|88||Jorge MARTIN||Mahindra||10 Laps|
|76||Hiroki ONO||Honda||12 Laps|
|95||Jules DANILO||Honda||13 Laps|
|40||Darryn BINDER||Mahindra||17 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|58||Juanfran GUEVARA||Mahindra||0 Lap|