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Back to his best, Alex Rins takes his first victory of 2016, untouchable from pole position.
Although he was beaten in the run up to the first corner, once the Moto2™ field exited Turn 1, Alex Rins was untouchable. The Spaniard put in a string of mid to low 2’10s to defend his lead from a hard charging Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). Whenever the Brit got within more than half a second of Rins, he upped his pace to always keep a comfortable gap. His pace would prove too much and eventually the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider broke Lowes, able to extend his lead to just over two seconds at the line. It wasn’t all smooth sailing as light rain on the final lap give Rins quite the scare.
Rins leaves the three first flyaway races with 46 points, only one off the championship lead after three dramatic races filled with jump starts and tricky conditions. The Circuit of the Americas was where Rins claimed his Moto2™ first podium and has now seen him take his third intermediate class win. In the last three races Rins has started from pole he has gone on to take victory. He and his team can now return to Europe for a week of much needed rest before round four in Jerez. With the wind of moment behind, Rins aims to deliver on all the pre-season speculation and hype and challenge for the Moto2™ World Championship.
Alex Rins: “It was an incredible race and I just tried to push hard from the beginning. The last lap when it started to rain a little bit, my balls came up a little bit! Anyway, thanks to all the people who came here to support me and we’ll keep pushing the next race.”
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