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Moto3™ paddock heads to Austin for more elbow-bashing action

Moto3™ paddock heads to Austin for more elbow-bashing action

After a stunning race at the Commercial bank Grand Prix of Qatar for the season opener, the Moto3™ class heads stateside for round two.

Last year KTM machines filled the top two steps on the podium with Efren Vazquez putting his Honda in third. After a Honda podium lockout in Qatar, KTM will be eager to secure their first podium of the year after fighting for the Championship with Jack Miller in 2014.

Qatar saw Alexis Masbou take the first pole position of his career and just his second victory; the SAXOPRINT RTG rider will be hungry to continue this form and cement himself as a title contender during his final year in the Moto3™ class. Fellow Honda rider Enea Bastianini claimed his first World Championship points in Austin last year, and after a stunning ride from 21st on the grid in Qatar to second he will no doubt be a threat regardless of Qualifying results.

Mapfre Team Mahindra’s Francesco Bagnaia and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder both finished as the top Mahindra and KTM in Losail, but will be eager to improve on results that both admit were disappointing. Binder’s teammate, Miguel Oliveira will also be out to improve after a first corner collision saw him finish outside the points despite being a favourite for the win.

Romano Fenati has a point to prove in Austin after a disastrous season opener, failing to finish the first race. The young Italian in the SKY Racing Team VR46 outfit finished second in Austin, but so far has struggled to show the pace of last season.

Impressive rookie Fabio Quartararo and his Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Jorge Navarro showed strong pace under the floodlights and will be eager to get another new circuit under their belts.

Stefano Manzi will make his Grand Prix debut for the San Carlo Team Italia Team after being too young to race in Qatar. Ana Carrasco also looks to return to action after missing the season opener with a broken collarbone.

The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas takes place between the 10-12 April, with practice on the Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

You can follow all of the action, including watching all of the sessions as they happen, access live timing and much more via motogp.com.

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS

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