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Francesco Bagnaia beats Alex Marquez to Moto2 victory in Texas

Francesco Bagnaia bested Alex Marquez to claim victory in Texas and take the lead in the Moto2 points standings. Marquez converted pole position into the holeshot ahead of Mattia Pasini, Bagnaia and Sam Lowes, while Marquez's Marc VDS teammate Joan Mir plummeted to 24th after he was punted wide by Luca Marini. Already a second clear of Pasini by the end of the first lap, Marquez ran comfortably in the lead for the next seven laps, while Bagnaia move ahead of Pasini, who struggled for pace in the early stages as the sole runner on the hard rear tyre. By lap eight Bagnaia had cut Marquez's advantage down to just under half a second, with the latter lucky to remain in the lead...
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