Rain threatened this weekend’s Moto2 race at Circuit of the Americas just outside of Austin, and the white flag with the red cross signifying wet conditions did wave with 16 of 19 laps to go.

But luckily, the Moto2 race wasn’t a washout, and only certain sections of the track were affected by the slight rain. Regardless of the threat of rain, one rider was able to remain completely focused to earn his first-ever Moto2 victory – Britain’s Sam Lowes.

The Speed Up Racing pilot was joined on the podium by Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco and Paginas Amarillas HP 40’s Alex Rins.

When the 19-lap race began at the 3.426-mile COTA circuit with multiple elevation changes and 20 corners, the reigning Moto2 Champioin Tito Rabat got through turn one first aboard the Marc VDS Kalex machine.

But Rabat’s lead was short lived; Zarco took over first on the opening lap, followed by Lowes. From there, these two began to open up a gap on the field. Behind, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Xavier Simeon and Rins began chasing down the lead riders, finally catching them with 11 to go.

Lowes kept closing in on Zarco, and took the lead with six laps to go. From there, he began pulling away as Zarco and Simeon tried to play catchup. Unluckily for Simeon, he crashed out after making contact with Zarco. The incident was investigated by Race Direction, but no rider was at fault.

Lowes, who suffered huge crashes in practice and qualifying, would take the win by 1.999 seconds ahead of Zarco, with Rins finishing a further 4.622 seconds behind.

Rabat finished fourth, ahead of the Italtrans Racing Team Kalex of Franco Morbidelli and Hafizh Syarin, who claimed sixth place for his Petronas Raceline Malaysia Team. Rounding out the top 10 were QMMF Racing Team’s Anthony West, Italtrans Racing Team’s Mika Kallio, West’s teammate Julian Simon and IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami.

Due to his fourth place at the season opener in Qatar, and third Sunday in Texas, Rins now has the Moto2 points lead with 29, one point ahead of Zarco.

The series now heads to Argentina’s Termas de rio Hondo for round three.

2015 Austin Moto2 Results from Circuit of the Americas:

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 22 Sam LOWES GBR Speed Up Racing Speed Up 150.5 41’45.565
2 20 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 150.3 +1.999
3 16 40 Alex RINS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 150.2 +4.622
4 13 1 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 149.9 +8.975
5 11 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 149.7 +12.976
6 10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 149.6 +14.168
7 9 95 Anthony WEST AUS QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 149.4 +17.271
8 8 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 149.4 +17.513
9 7 60 Julian SIMON SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 149.4 +17.689
10 6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 149.4 +17.764
11 5 3 Simone CORSI ITA Athinà Forward Racing Kalex 149.4 +17.982
12 4 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex 149.0 +24.824
13 3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Tech 3 Tech 3 148.9 +26.016
14 2 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 148.8 +27.456
15 1 73 Alex MARQUEZ SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 148.8 +28.568
16 94 Jonas FOLGER GER AGR Team Kalex 148.7 +29.889
17 88 Ricard CARDUS SPA Tech 3 Tech 3 148.3 +36.405
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER SWI Technomag Racing Interwetten Kalex 148.2 +38.693
19 25 Azlan SHAH MAL IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 148.1 +40.581
20 70 Robin MULHAUSER SWI Technomag Racing Interwetten Kalex 148.0 +41.504
21 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI JIR Racing Team Kalex 147.5 +50.471
22 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Tech 3 146.4 +1’08.825
23 10 Thitipong WAROKORN THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG Kalex 146.3 +1’10.990
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN SWI sports-millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex 146.3 +1’11.138
25 66 Florian ALT GER Octo Iodaracing Team Suter 145.8 +1’19.442
26 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA Athinà Forward Racing Kalex 145.5 +1’25.405
27 39 Luis SALOM SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 145.1 +1’32.876
Not Classified
19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 150.1 4 Laps
51 Zaqhwan ZAIDI MAL JPMoto Malaysia Suter 144.4 7 Laps