Romano Fenati took advantage of a massive, mid-race highside by favorite Aron Canet to win his first Moto2 race of the year Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas. Fenati’s win in the red-flag shortened, 12-lap contest is his second victory in a row at the track near Austin, Texas.
Jorge Martin came out on top of a fierce, six-rider battle to take second, a mere two-hundredths in front of teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio. For Di Giannantonio, the final podium spot marks his best finish of the year.
Enea Bastianini (4th) finished just off the podium but made it a Honda sweep of the top four positions. Nicolo Bulega took fifth as the top KTM just in front of Juanfran Guevara (5th), who also saw his best finish of the year. Conversely, John McPhee had his worst result of 2017 in seventh.
But none of the top-ten finishers likely was more disappointed than Joan Mir. The championship leader and two-time winner began the race second on the grid but was swallowed up by the chasing pack mid-race. He couldn't find his way through the group and settled for eighth, his points lead cut to six points over Martin.
Philipp Oettl (9th) and Darryn Binder (10th) completed the top 10.
|3||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||+4.527|
|26||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||+44.004|
|24||Tatsuki SUZUKI||Honda||3 Laps|
|44||Aron CANET||Honda||9 Laps|
|27||Kaito TOBA||Honda||9 Laps|
|64||Bo BENDSNEYDER||KTM||0 Lap|