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The Moto2 World Championship is not decided. Raúl Fernández has completed his exhibition in Austin, a circuit in which he has dominated all free practice, has taken pole position, set the best time in the Warm Up and has won the race leading all laps. Impressive.
It is Fernández's seventh win, which equals the victories Marc Márquez achieved in his first season in Moto2, which was the record so far. And to top it all, Remy Gardner has made his first mistake of the season. He fell when he was chasing Fernández, so now he's only nine points clear.
Gardner is only nine points clear of Fernández after his first career crash
The best way out was Cameron Beaubier, but he entered the first corner too strained and Raúl Fernández recovered the first square. Fabio Di Giannantonio harassed Gardner because he knew that if he didn't pass the two Ajo Motorsport bikes they would have more race pace. In fact, Gardner attacked Fernandez on the first turn.
Beaubier was unleashed on the first few turns, passing Gardner in the twisted area, something that Di Giannantonio also took advantage of to get inside. Good situation for Raúl Fernández, who had his great rival blocked. The Spaniard took advantage of these laps to open a second ahead, because Gardner did not take long to return to second place.
The public roared in Austin at the role of Beaubier, who was not satisfied with the podium and was fighting with Gardner. The world championship leader achieved some advantage over his pursuers, but then came the great theatrical blow of the race and perhaps the world championship: Remy Gardner's downfall, he couldn't even go on.
Fernández had a two-second advantage over Di Giannantonio, but the Italian came quite fast, he was already alone in the second position and was cutting tenth by tenth on the Spanish. Marco Bezzecchi, Tony Arbolino and a Beaubier who went from more to less were fighting for the podium.
Failure for Sam Lowes, who had to retire when he was already shooting in positions too late for him. And also an ugly fall for Albert Arenas, who also remained in the middle of the track but, luckily, without further damage. Bezzecchi escaped in third position, with Augusto Fernández already fourth.
Victory for Raúl Fernández, the seventh of the season that allows him to equal Marc Márquez's record as a rookie and gets him fully into the world championship. It's only nine points over Remy Gardner. Fabio Di Giannantonio finishes second and third position on the podium goes to Marco Bezzecchi..