Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) achieved victory in the sprint race at the Americas GP. Álex Rins (Honda) and Jorge Martín (Ducati) completed the podium on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas.
After a total of 10 laps, Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Brad Binder (KTM), Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), Luca Marini (Ducati), Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia) and Jack Miller (KTM) completed the Top 9, earning points.
With this result, Bagnaia closes the gap to Bezzecchi in the overall standings and is only one point behind him.
The main race of the weekend will be held in Austin on Sunday at 2 PM local time.
Difficult sprint race for Repsol Honda Team
Joan Mir, who started from the fifth row on the grid, was unable to get into the points and had to settle for 12th position. Stefan Bradl finished his first sprint race in 18th place.
Sprint Race Results: Americas GP (10 laps)
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||20:35.270|
|2. Álex Rins||HONDA||+2.545|
|3. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+4.706|
|4. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+5.052|
|5. Brad Binder||KTM||+8.175|
|6. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+8.877|
|7. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+9.453|
|8. Miguel Oliveira||APRILIA||+10.768|
|9. Jack Miller||KTM||+12.448|
|12. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+14.988|
|18. Stefan Bradl||REPSOL HONDA||+25.787|
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||54|
|2. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||53|
|3. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||35|
|4. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||33|
|5. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||32|
|6. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||29|
|7. Brad Binder||KTM||27|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||26|
|9. Álex Rins||HONDA||22|
|10. Franco Morbidelli||YAMAHA||21|
|16. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||7|
|19. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“The Sprint today shows us that there is still work to do, especially with being able to really ride how I want on the bike. But we are learning and improving all the time, this is the important point and what we are focusing on. It was really important to finish the Sprint today after two difficult and unlucky ones at the start. As a result, we have a better idea of what to expect tomorrow so we can prepare better. It was a really demanding race in this heat and with the conditions out on track.”
“We arrived here with realistic expectations, and we were able to achieve what we set out to do. The Sprint is very intense, it’s what I expected and especially here it’s really demanding in this weather and with this physical track. I lost a bit of ground in the first high-speed braking, but I am not in a situation or a position to take a lot of risks. We were able to learn some good things about the bike for tomorrow and the objective is to again have another consistent race.”