A number of riders in the Moto2™ class have won in Austin before, can any of them make it two wins?
All the numbers and statistics you need to get up to speed with what has happened in the intermediate class.
- Thomas Luthi missed the race in Austin three years ago; he completed the first day of practice, but then withdrew from the event still suffering with injuries from a pre-season crash. In 2014 he finished sixth in Texas and last year after technical problems in qualifying left him down in 17th place on the grid, he finished the first lap in 25th place before pulling through the field to finish 12th.
- Johann Zarco finished 6th in the Moto2™ race three years ago in Austin, having started the race down in 17th place on the grid. In 2014 he was the second fastest Moto2™ qualifier in Austin, but crashed out of the race on the second lap. Zarco led the race in Austin last year for the first thirteen laps before being passed by Lowes and eventually finishing second.
- Alex Rins won the Moto3™ race in Austin in 2013 and finished fourth in the Moto3™ race two years ago. Last year he finished third in Texas, in just his second start in the Moto2™ class.
- Sam Lowes won the Moto2™ race in Austin last year – his first win in the Moto2™ class.
- Xavier Simeon qualified on pole last year in Austin, but crashed out of the race on the sixteenth lap when battling with Zarco for second place. He also led the Moto2™ race in Austin two years ago from the third lap up to lap thirteen, when he ran wide at Turn 1 and dropping back to fifth; he then crashed at the final corner on the penultimate lap when pushing to get back into podium contention.
- Danny Kent qualified on pole, and won the Moto3™ race in Austin last year by more than eight seconds.
- Hafizh Syahrin’s sixth place finish at the Grand Prix of the Americas last year was his best result of 2015 in full dry conditions.