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The Moto3 race in Austin has been one of the strangest in recent memory. Two red flags and a victory for Izan Guevara, the first of his career in the world championship, despite the fact that his motorcycle stopped just before. Guevara first roared in his box when he left, but the regulations have given him the final triumph.
Deniz Öncü starred in the most embarrassing moment of the race, doing a maneuver on the straight line that could have taken the lives of Pedro Acosta, Andrea Migno and Jeremy Alcoba ahead. It caused the second red flag and luckily everyone is fine. Dennis Foggia finishes second, but Acosta will have match ball in Misano.
Miraculously Acosta, Migno and Alcoba have survived Öncü's recklessness
At the start, the one who started the best was Xavi Artigas, but he slipped into the first corner and Jaume Masià became the leader. Pedro Acosta had not been able to recover Too many positions so he was still 15th, but Dennis Foggia hadn't had a great first lap either and he was riding 8th.
Artigas had skipped the start and received a sanction for serving a double 'Long Lap Penalty'. It was Izan Guevara who was ahead of Masià and Jeremy Alcoba. The three Spaniards had some advantage but Foggia came shooting to hunt them down. Acosta was already climbing, placing eighth.
Guevara's pace was prodigious, so much so that he was starting to open a bit of a gap with respect to Foggia. But then it came the hard fall of Filip Salac that caused the exit of the red flag. The Czech driver was being treated in the middle of the track, so the race had to be stopped.
The second test was going to be a sprint, of only five laps. At the exit Izan Guevara kept the first position ahead of Deniz Öncü, with John McPhee also stuck behind. There was a lot of exchange of positions, as was logical in such a short race and with so many even drivers. But, for now, no touches.
But the hit of effect came when Guevara's motorcycle stopped leading. McPhee inherited that first place ahead of Masià, Darryn Binder and Foggia. And another disaster. Jeremy Alcoba fell on the back straight for a reckless maneuver by Öncü and both Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta took him away in front. Another red flag.
But in an unexpected turn of events, the results of Race 1 and the victory went to Izan Guevara, despite his breakdown. Second place for Dennis Foggia, who cuts points but does not prevent Acosta, eighth, from having a match ball in Misano. McPhee completes the podium.