03/10/2021

Strong Arbolino happy with sixth place in Austin & Schrötter faces an electrical problem

A successful weekend in Austin, Texas, ended for Tony Arbolino with a fantastic sixth place. Marcel Schrötter had to retire from the Grand Prix of the Americas due to an electronic problem.

In front of packed grandstands, another hot day at the Circuit of the Americas provided one of the most demanding races of the year. 

Tony Arbolino had a great start from row three and was immediately chasing the leading group. In a thrilling feud with local hero Cameron Beaubier, the 21-year-old even put his sights on the last place of the podium for a few laps as he was in the group of three with Marco Bezzecchi. In another heated battle, however, the Italian went wide, giving Augusto Fernandez the chance to get closer and eventually pass him. Sixth place is nevertheless a great reason to celebrate for the rookie, who thus celebrated his second-best result of the season alongside P4 at Le Mans.

Unfortunately, LIQUI MOLY Intact GP teammate Marcel Schrötter had no reason to celebrate this time around. After a difficult weekend in Texas, the 28-year-old had to stop the race early due to a technical problem. At this point, he was in 16th position and was at least speculating on a few points as a conciliatory end to the three tricky days in Austin. Now it's time to put the difficult time behind him and regain his composure because there are still three more races to compete in this season.

In three weeks' time, MotoGP will meet again in Italy from 22 to 24 October for the Misano Grand Prix.

Race:
1. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX
2. Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO / ITA / KALEX
3. Marco BEZZECCHI / ITA / KALEX
6. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX
nc Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX

WUP:
1. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 2'09.577
2. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 2'09.714 (+0.137)
3. Marco BEZZECCHI / ITA / KALEX - 2'09.776 (+0.199)
5. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX - 2'10.058 (+0.481)
22. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'11.180 (+1.603)

World Championship Standings:
1. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 271
2. FERNANDEZ Raul / SPA / 262
3. BEZZECCHI Marco / ITA / 206
4. LOWES Sam / GBR / 140
5. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 131
6. DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio / ITA / 128
7. CANET Aron / SPA / 124
8. OGURA Ai / JPN / 113
9. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 84
10. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 83
11. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 78
12. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 59
13. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 53
14. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 51
15. BENDSNEYDER Bo / NED / 41

Team Classification:
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 533
2. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 271
3. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 259
4. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 150
5. INDE ASPAR TEAM / 147
6. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 / 140
7. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 135
8. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 110
9. +EGO SPEED UP / 91
10. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 69
11. AMERICAN RACING / 68
12. PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM / 62
13. FLEXBOX HP40 / 36
14. MV AGUSTA FORWARD RACING / 19
15. NTS RW RACING GP / 10