Austin Moto3: Bagnaia score points as several Mahindra riders retire

Francesco Bagnaia salvaged points for factory Aspar team as four of the Mahindra riders retired from the Moto3 race at Circuit of Americas.

After a wet/dry qualifying, the race at Austin took place under sunny conditions with 33 riders taking the grid.

Bagnaia, having started from 18th, finished 14th, scoring two points in the championship. The Italian fought in the midfield finishing 2.137s behind a slow moving Fabio Quartararo.

Teammate Jorge Martin's retired from the race, his second this season, after crashing in turn 1. The Spanish rider ran as high as 13th midway in the race before suffering a fall.

Martin was one of the four Mahindra rider to not finish the race, as other non-finishers included Team Italia's Stefano Valtulini and Platinum Bay duo of Karel Hanika & Darryn Binder.

While Hanika crashed in turn 16, Binder came together with Joan Mir in turn 1, the Spanish rider giving no room to the South African, as both collided.

While the riders continued but the damage to the bike meant, they had to come in the pits and retire from the race.

Valtunlini, meanwhile, couldn't see the chequered flag, after he reported of physical pain from the fall he suffered in qualifying.

Behind, Peugeot's Alexis Masbou missed on points, finishing 16th after battling with Andrea Migno (15th) and Fabio di Giannantonio (17th).

While after ending as top Mahindra rider in qualifying yesterday, CIP's Tatsuki Suzuki maintained 13th place in the opening few laps, but dropped out to finish 19th.

Completing the classification was Peugeot's John McPhee at 21st, Team Italia's Lorenzo Petrarca 24th and CIP's Fabio Spiranelli 26th.

Up ahead, Sky Racing's Romano Fenati took the win from Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

Bagnaia drops to ninth in the standings with 18th points while Martin and McPhee sits 17th and 19th respectively.

Mahindra is third in the constructors' list with 26 points with sister brand Peugeot fourth with nine points.

Race results (Mahindra riders):

Pos

Rider

Team

Gap (From Leader)

14

 Francesco Bagnaia

Aspar Mahindra

28.161s

16

 Alexis Masbou

Peugeot

39.223s

19

 Tatsuki Suzuki

CIP

40.161s

21

 John McPhee

Peugeot

48.334s

24

 Lorenzo Petrarca

Team Italia

1m16.043s

26

 Fabio Spiranelli

CIP

1m45.929s

Ret

 Karel Hanika

Platinum Bay

-

Ret

 Stefano Valtulini

Team Italia

-

Ret

 Jorge Martin

Aspar Mahindra

-

Ret

 Darryn Binder

Platinum Bay

-

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Series Moto3
Event Austin
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Tatsuki Suzuki , Francesco Bagnaia , Jorge Martin , Darryn Binder , Karel Hanika , Alexis Masbou , John McPhee , Livio Selva , Fabio Spiranelli , Stefano Valtulini
Teams Aspar Racing Team , Mahindra Racing , CIP , Team Italia FMI
Article type Race report