Garcia grabs victory and denies Roberts the American Dream

The Spaniard jumped to the top step of the podium ahead of home hero Roberts and pre-season title favourite Aldeguer

In a race which sent the crowd to their feet, Sergio Garcia (MT Helmets - MSI) crossed the line at the Circuit Of The Americas to take a maiden Moto2™ win, just finding enough in the tank to hold off home hero Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing). Garcia steals the Championship lead in the process, and in only the MT Helmets - MSI team's third race in the Moto2™ class, now two points ahead of Roberts. Pre-season favourite Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp) claimed a first podium of the year after a nail-biting race start and comeback in what's becoming a calling card until the #54's luck changes.

The Moto2™ field roared into action on the entry to the technical turn one, with Garcia claiming the holeshot, leading the field from home hero Roberts in second – sending the American crowd to their feet. Aldeguer and pole sitter Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) were swallowed by the pack on the opening lap – dropping down to eighth and 10th, back into the clutches of the fierce Ai Ogura (MT Helmets - MSI).

It was also gloves off for QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2™ riders Manuel Gonzalez and Albert Arenas, with the teammates having a near miss and touching – handing Aldeguer sixth place which he happily accepted. Gonzalez would later receive a penalty for a start that was too good to be true – forced to serve a double LLP, dropping Gonzalez to a disappointing 15th.

The same fate could not be said for Aldeguer, who made his way inside the top five and latched onto the back of teammate Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools SpeedUp). Once Aldeguer and Lopez were together on the circuit it was riveting action with friendly fire on track in the battle for fourth place. The SpeedUp teammates did not give each other an inch of room before Aldeguer found a way through and did not look back, with nine laps remaining.

Meanwhile, Dennis Foggia was having a brilliant race on his Triumph-powered Italtrans Racing Team machine. Up to the Americas GP, Foggia was yet to score points in the Moto2™ class this year and was now keeping Roberts honest in second. However, as the race progressed and with Aldeguer fast charging behind, it did not take the Spaniard long to pass the #71 with no way for Foggia to respond - and Aldeguer then set his sights on Roberts.

As the race progressed, Garcia’s rhythm looked perfect – stretching a gap of over one second to Roberts. Roberts responded, matching Garcia's pace, but then the American made a mistake, running wide at turn 12 and seemingly crushing the hopes of an American win in the process.

However, the Austin crowd was treated to a fantastic Texan duel for P2 with two laps remaining between Roberts and Aldeguer, with the American able to get the upper hand. Meanwhile, at the front, Garcia made a handful of mistakes in the braking zone - losing time and the gap coming back down.

By the flag it was down to just under half a second, but Garcia held on to take a maiden Moto2™ victory and celebrated his success in the Texas sunshine, taking that lead in the standings too. Roberts was forced to settle for second but took back-to-back podiums for the first time, and celebrated that incredible result on home turf for both him and the team. Aldeguer came across the line to finish in a rock-solid third, ahead of teammate Lopez who was just unable to match the podium pace. Marcos Ramirez added to the OnlyFans American Racing Team's point tally at COTA - rounding out a talent-packed top five.

Foggia dropped to sixth after losing time in the late stages of the race, with Ogura seventh ahead of Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team’s Jeremey Alcoba. Portuguese GP winner Canet was ninth at the end of the race, receiving a 0.396 penalty after cutting a corner to add to his woes after a tough Turn 1 shuffle. Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) rounded out the top 10.

The Moto2™ class will return at the end of April for the next round of what is shaping to be a sensational season at the iconic Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto. Garcia will now be aiming to repeat the success that we have seen stateside, so make sure you keep up to date with every minute of the action on!

Top 10:

1 Sergio Garcia (MT Helmets - MSI)   
2 Joe Roberts (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +0.492
3 Fermin Aldeguer (Beta Tools SpeedUp)  +3.293
4 Alonso Lopez (Beta Tools SpeedUp) +6.967
5 Marcos Ramirez (OnlyFans American Racing Team) +7.102
6 Dennis Foggia (Italtrans Racing Team) +7.150
7 Ai Ogura (MT Helmets - MSI)  +9.869
8 Jeremey Alcoba (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) +10.036
9 Aron Canet (Fantic Racing) +11.004
10 Celestino Vietti (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +12.751