Enea Bastianini takes the lead! On Sunday, the Italian won the GP of the Americas and moved into first place in the world championship. Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki), 2nd on the wire, and Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) complete the podium in Texas, where the six-time MotoGP champion Mark Marquez (Honda) and the title holder Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) finished 6th and 7th, wheel to wheel.
Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) finished off the podium, 4th and 5th. The Ducati-Pramac of Jorge Martin (8th), who started from pole position, and Johann Zarco (9th) as well as the Aprilia of Maverick Vinales follow in the top 10.
“A fantastic day”
In the world championship, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 11th on Sunday, leaves the place of leader to Bastianini. The 24-year-old Italian, winner in Qatar in March of his first race in the elite, is now 5 points ahead of Rins and 11 over Espargaro. Mir and Quartararo are 4th and 5th, at 15 and 17 points.
“It’s a fantastic day, Miller had fantastic pace in the first part of the race, (…) then I felt like I had to push, I accelerated like crazy and I won. Winning here in America is fantastic, now we can eat some burgers! said the Italian.
In the game of pure speed in the long straight line of the Circuit of the Americas, Bastianini therefore won. On the 16th lap, he surprised the helpless Australian, who even left 2nd place to Rins at the very last corner.
“I’m mixed, I had a fantastic race, Enea passed me but I didn’t make any mistakes,” recounted Miller, who led for 15 laps after overtaking, from the first corner, the poleman Jorge Martin.
Rins dedicated his 2nd place to him “to Ukraine, and to all the people who suffer”, from the war and “also from the Covid”.