2021 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas Preview

This weekend sees the three main MotoGP categories in action at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the latest Grand Prix of the 2021 season.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta heads the rider standings 42 points clear of Dennis Foggia and Sergio Garcia who are joint second. Last time out saw Acosta finish seventh at Misano while Garcia finished fourth behind race winner Foggia.

Foggia’s race win at Misano was his fourth race victory of the 2021 season, this compares with Acosta’s five and Garcia’s three. Foggia was joined on the podium at Misano by Niccolo Antonelli and Andrea Migno.

Antonelli heads into this Grand Prix weekend sixth in the standings, four points behind fifth placed Jaume Masia as well as four points ahead of Darryn Binder in seventh. Meanwhile Migno will start the weekend ninth in the rider standings nine points behind Ayumu Sasaki in eighth and eight points ahead of tenth placed Izan Guevara.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner leads the championship 34 points ahead of teammate Raul Fernandez. The two recorded another 1-2 finish for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team at Misano, Fernandez once again finishing ahead of Gardner.

It is the team’s sixth 1-2 finish and Fernandez’s sixth race victory of 2021. Gardner’s second place is his eleventh top three finish across the 14 races that have been contested so far this season.

Completing the top three in the Moto2 rider standings is Marco Bezzecchi who bounced back from retiring in Aragon with a fifth place finish in Misano. It was the Italian’s eleventh top five finish of the season. He is 47 points behind Raul Fernandez and has a 50 point gap to fourth placed Sam Lowes, the Briton also bouncing back from retirement in Aragon with a fourth placed finish at Misano.

Fernandez and Gardner were joined on the podium in Misano by Aron Canet, the Spaniard’s fourth podium finish of the season. It means Canet is fifth in the standings going to COTA, 21 points behind fourth placed Lowes and one point ahead of fifth placed Augusto Fernandez.

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In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo has a 48 point advantage over second placed Francesco Bagnaia heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix. This is after Bagnaia claimed his second race victory of the season at Misano, following on from his maiden premier class win at Aragon. Quartararo meanwhile fought hard with Bagnaia but ended up finishing second at Misano, the Frenchman’s ninth top three finish of the season.

Completing the top three in the MotoGP rider standings is reigning champion Joan Mir who finished sixth at Misano. The Spaniard is 19 points behind Bagnaia and has a 26 point gap to fourth placed Johann Zarco who finished down in twelfth at Misano.

A quick note on MotoGP rookie Enea Bastianini who claimed his maiden premier class podium finish last time out at Misano where he finished third for the Avintia Esponsorama team. The Italian’s previous best result this season came in Aragon where he finished sixth. Bastianini heads to COTA fifteenth in the rider standings, three points behind fourteenth placed Pol Espargaro and 11 points ahead of sixteenth placed Alex Marquez.

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