Francesco Bagnaia defeated Alex Marquez to win the Moto 2 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas by 2.4 seconds.

Marquez pulled an early lead as Bagnaia fought to get ahead Mattia Pasini, but was pulled in by the Italian by the mid-point of the 18 lap race, the two trading fastest laps in the process.

Bagnaia then began to pressure Marquez for the lead, before moving ahead of the 2013 Moto3 champion into turn one. Marquez then re-passed Bagnaia as they headed into the esses, Bagnaia then hitting back one last time as Marquez ran wide at the Turn 11 hairpin.

The VR46 rider managed to fight off one last attack from Marquez before edging away to win as the Spaniard began to fade towards the charging Miguel Oliveira.

The KTM was unable to get close enough to make a move however, Oliveria settling for third after having fought back from a lowly 12th place on the grid.

Sam Lowes was an early casualty, running wide through turn 16 and sliding off his KTM and into retirement.

Marcel Schrotter would also join the Brit in retirement, later on, the Dynavolt pilot suffering a nasty high-side as his Kalex lost traction as he exited turn 1.

Rounding out the top five were two impressive fight-backs from reigning Moto3 world champion Joan Mir securing fourth after a bad start dropped him outside the top ten early on, and Iker Lecuona in fifth after starting 13th.

Brad Binder secured sixth ahead of pre-race championship leader Pasini, who unlike the rest of the grid gambled on a harder rear tyre. The gamble failed to pay off however, Pasini struggling to seventh despite finding speed in the closing laps.

Completing the top ten were Jorge Navarro, Dominique Aegerter for Kiefer Racing and the Pons Kalex of Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Bagnaia’s victory means he re-takes the championship lead with 57 points, now 10 ahead of Pasini and Marquez in equal second ahead of Jerez in three weeks time.