Enea Bastianini pips Miller to take Austin MotoGP victory

Enea Bastianini pips Miller to take Austin MotoGP victory

Enea Bastianini won the Americas Grand Prix for the second time in his career after overcoming factory Ducati rider Jack Miller in the final laps.

After passing Francesco Bagnaia on the first lap, the Italian stayed in third place during the early laps, trailing leader Miller and pole-sitter Jorge Martin.

As the race approached mid-distance, Miller appeared to be dictating the pace up front to protect his tyres, a hunch he confirmed as he began to try to break away from the pack, Bastianini rapidly passing Martin in an attempt to keep the Aussie within attacking range.

In his pursuit of Miller, the Gresini rider set an all-time two-wheeled race lap record at the Circuit of the Americas, passing for the lead with less than a quarter of the race remaining.

Bastianini raced away from his pursuers over the final few tours after skilfully saving his tyres behind his stable-mates, eventually lifting the chequered flag for his second victory of the year by just over two seconds ahead of the dramatic battle for second place.

Despite being unable to do much about Bastianini, Alex Rins seemed hungry to relieve Miller of second place as he strained for grip on the penultimate tour.

Miller was able to get clear of the Suzuki driver into Turn 11, but the Ducati was able to close the gap down the long back straight to Turn 12.

Rins, on the other hand, refused to give up and set up a pass through the quadruple right-handed series of curves near the end of the lap, slicing through on entrance to Turn 19, a move he completed to take second place ahead of Miller.

Joan Mir finished fourth ahead of Bagnaia on the sibling Suzuki GSX-RR, while Marc Marquez finished sixth after a spectacular comeback from a sluggish start that sent him to the rear of the field.

After burning through his rubber, he was forced to cling on in the closing few circuits, with reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo attempting to pass Marquez through the esses on two occasions – though Marquez eventually hung on in front of the Yamaha racer.

After passing teammate Aleix Espargaro on the final lap, Martin dropped to eighth, ahead of Johann Zarco. Maverick Vinales won the battle of the Aprilias to complete the top 10.

Brad Binder was the highest-placed KTM rider, finishing 12th, while Franco Morbidelli finished 15th on the sister factory Yamaha.

Raul Fernandez was the best rookie, finishing 19th ahead of Tech 3 KTM teammate Remy Gardner, while Marco Bezzecchi and LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez were the only two riders to crash out after separate incidents.

Bastianini’s victory sees him reclaim the points lead on 61, with the consistent Rins now in second place just five markers behind, and Espargaro slipping to third overall ahead of Mir and Quartararo, who will be competing in Portugal in two weeks.


1Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)41m 23.111s
2Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+2.058s
3Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+2.312s
4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+3.975s
5Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+6.045s
6Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+6.617s
7Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+6.760s
8Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+8.441s
9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+12.375s
10Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+12.642s
11Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+12.947s
12Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+13.376s
13Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+17.961s
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+18.770s
15Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+29.319s
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+29.129s**
17Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+29.630s
18Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+32.002s
19Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+37.062s
20Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+42.442s
21Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+42.887s
22Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+1m 42.171s
 Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)DNF
 Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*DNF

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