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Terol wins as Espargaro crashes in Austin

Nico Terol has won in Moto2™ for the first time, taking victory in Sunday afternoon’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. Esteve Rabat narrowly beat Mika Kallio and Dominique Aegerter to second place as erstwhile championship leader Pol Espargaro crashed out. Scott Redding fell to fifth from pole position but now heads to Jerez as the new leader in the standings.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding came from a career-first pole, but had lost his lead by as early as Lap 5 when starting to struggle with tyres. Perhaps the biggest drama of the race came on the previous tour, when Tuenti HP 40’s Espargaro lost control and retired from the race; with his left boot having come off his foot during the accident, the Spaniard could be seen limping upon his return to the paddock.

From third on the grid, Terol avoided any trouble at Turn 1 to seize second place – then taking advantage of Redding as the Englishman began to drop off the pace. The Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 rider proceeded to stretch out a healthy lead of 3.5 seconds, only backing off as his comfortable position became more apparent in the second half of the race. Behind, a fierce battle roared as Espargaro’s teammate Rabat went head-to-head with Marc VDS’ Mika Kallio and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter. The Spaniard would come out on top from the Finn, with the Swiss escaping a lurid last-lap wobble. Redding completed the top five.

Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco ended the 20-lap race in sixth position, with QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West proving himself correct by enjoying a solid ride at Circuit of the Americas to seventh slot. NGM Mobile Racing’s Mattia Pasini, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis and Blusens Avintia’s Toni Elias completed the top ten. Just minutes after the demise of Espargaro, Takaaki Nakagami pulled his Italtrans bike into the pit lane with suspected gearbox problems; this confirmed that two of the Qatar podium finishers had failed to make the end today.

With Redding now heading up the standings, the Moto2™ fraternity heads to Jerez in Spain for Round 3 of the 2013 campaign in a fortnight’s time.

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Moto2, 2013, RAC

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