Sterilgarda Max KTM’s Aron Canet bagged his first Moto3 win since Silverstone in 2017 at the Austin MotoGP round after long-time leader Suzuki crashed out with six laps to go.
Suzuki, who rides for Paolo Simoncelli’s Sic58 squad, took the lead of a six-bike gaggle with 12 left and immediately pulled a gap.
Canet went with him and the pair stretched a two-second advantage over the chasing pack but the Japanese rider crashed at the downhill turn seven which handed Canet the lead and Max Biaggi’s first win as a team boss.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the Spaniard though, as he had Andrea Migno, Gabriel Rodrigo, Jaume Masia - who was 18th on lap three - and Nico Antonelli for company.
Masia hauled his way into the podium fight and evenually bagged second place by two one-hundredths of a second from Migno.
Rodrigo was next along in fourth with Antonelli in fifth place.
Britain’s John McPhee took a gamble on the hard rear Dunlop which didn’t pay off for him and he scored two points for 14th place, one ahead of Darryn Binder who was in the lead fight until half-distance.
Romano Fenati and Jakub Kornfiel tangled with nine left to go and both went down, as did Tom Booth-Amos and championship leader Kaito Toba.
Toba cedes his title lead to new joint leaders Canet and Masia.