Acosta Grabs Victory Moto2 Grand Prix of the Americas (April 16, 2023)
As the MotoGP season continues, the riders and teams arrived in Austin, Texas for the Moto2 race on Sunday, April 16, 2023. The Circuit of the Americas provided a challenging course for the competitors, with 20 turns and a 5.5 km track. The Moto2 race was eagerly anticipated, and the results did not disappoint the fans.
The race began with Celestino Vietti of the Fantic Racing team starting from pole position. He was closely followed by Pedro Acosta of the Red Bull KTM Ajo. As the lights went out, Vietti made a good start and maintained his position at the front of the pack.
The first few laps were intense, with riders jostling for position and trying to establish themselves in the leading group. Acosta managed to pass Vietti on lap 3 and took the lead. He was closely followed by Fernandez, who had overtaken Vietti for second place. The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders began to pull away from the rest of the field and established a comfortable lead.
Further down the field, there were several battles for position, with riders trying to move up through the pack. Joe Roberts of the Italtrans Racing team had a strong start and was running in fourth place. However, he was soon overtaken by Augusto Fernandez of the Elf Marc VDS Racing team and Sam Lowes of the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team.
As the race progressed, Acosta continued to lead, with Raul Fernandez staying close behind. The two riders were setting a blistering pace and had pulled away from the rest of the field by several seconds. It was clear that the battle for the win would be between the two Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates.
The final few laps of the race were thrilling, with Tony Arbolino making several attempts to overtake his teammate. However, Acosta was able to hold him off and crossed the finish line in first place. Raul Fernandez finished in second place, just 0.3 seconds behind Acosta. Bo Bendsneyder completed the podium in third place.
The rest of the top ten finishers included Jeremy Alcoba in fourth place, Filip Salac in fifth place, Fermin Aldeguer in sixth place, Alonso Lopez in seventh place, Aron Canet in eighth place, Celestino Vietti in ninth place, and Manuel Gonzalez in tenth place.
Overall, the Moto2 race in Austin provided a thrilling spectacle for the fans, with some fantastic battles for position throughout the field. The dominance of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team was clear, with their two riders taking the top two spots on the podium. The Moto2 championship is shaping up to be an exciting battle between the Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates, and it will be interesting to see how the season unfolds. The next race will be held in Jerez, Spain, in two weeks' time, and the riders and teams will be looking to build on their performances from Austin.