2013 Austin Moto2 at Circuit of the Americas | Preview

Moto2 Kalex rider Pol Esparagaro
Moto2 Kalex rider Pol Esparagaro
Moto2 Kalex rider Pol Esparagaro

2013 Moto2 News

Moto2 is set to descend on the Circuit of the Americas for the very first time at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend, with Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaró and Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding heading in as firm favorites after stunning performances in the opening round.

The Spanish and British duo battled in a close-fought affair in Qatar, with much hope that the trilling encounter will be repeated at the new Circuit of the Americas track.

None of the Moto2 riders have previously been to the circuit; hence the first few days will revolve heavily around learning the track. And as well as Espargaró and Redding, Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami will be one to watch, as he impressed in his first outing in 2013.

Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter will be hoping to carry his impressive form through to Texas, as the Swiss rider put in a great performance for fourth last time out, while Redding’s teammate Mika Kallio will aim to carry through his qualifying feats into the race.

Italtrans’ Julian Simón, who was one of the pace-setters in pre-season testing, could prove to be one of the podium contenders at the new track, whilst the likes of NGM Mobile Forward’s Simone Corsi and Alex de Angelis will remain a constant threat.

The Kalex bike proved the dominant machine in Qatar, apart from Aegerter’s Suter, yet the likes of Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Nico Terol and Jordi Torres will look to take their testing form into Texas as they look to kick-start their 2013 season.

JiR Moto2’s Mike di Meglio, who had looked promising on his MotoBI before an issue on the starting grid in Qatar, will be aiming for a better showing of true form, whilst the rookies in the shape of Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese and Tech 3 Racing’s Danny Kent and Louis Rossi will continue their adaptation to the class.

SPEED TV will broadcast the Moto2 race from Circuit of the Americas in Austin at 4:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 21.

2013 Moto2 Championship Point Standings:

2Scott REDDINGKalexGBR20
3Takaaki NAKAGAMIKalexJPN16
4Dominique AEGERTERSuterSWI13
5Mika KALLIOKalexFIN11
6Julian SIMONKalexSPA10
7Simone CORSISpeed UpITA9
9Esteve RABATKalexSPA7
10Xavier SIMEONKalexBEL6
11Jordi TORRESSuterSPA5
12Johann ZARCOSuterFRA4
14Nicolas TEROLSuterSPA2
15Toni ELIASKalexSPA1