Italtrans Racing’s Joe Roberts finished eighth in the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

The Moto2 Grand Prix of the Americas ended in heartbreaking fashion for American Racing’s Cameron Beaubier with the five-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion crashing out of fourth place with just a few corners left in the race after starting from his first-career Grand Prix pole position. That left Joe Roberts to carry the Stars & Stripes in the home round and the Italtrans Racing rider was up to the task, finishing eighth in the Grand Prix.

The race didn’t start well for Beaubier has he lost his lead from pole position in the very first corner. From there it was a struggle in what turned out to be a race of attrition. Beaubier suffered with shifting woes for the duration and was in a heated battle for fourth with Liqui Moly Intact GP’s Marcel Schrotter when he crashed on the last lap.

Roberts, meanwhile, battled to the end and finished eighth, two seconds adrift of Bo Bendsneyder and some five seconds clear of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Augusto Fernandez. Beaubier’s teammate Sean Dylan Kelly, meanwhile, bounced back from a tough weekend at COTA to finish 17th in the Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix was won by Tony Arbolino, the Elf Marc VDS Racing Italian 3.4 seconds ahead of IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Al Ogura, who was a second and a half of Brit Jake Dixon on the Shimoko GASGAS Aspar Team Kalex.

Twelve riders failed to finish the race, including race leaders Aron Canet, championship points leader Celestino Vietti, Moto3 World Champion Pedro Acosta, Sam Lowes, Somkiat Chantra and Fermin Aldeguer.

With four of 21 rounds complete, Vietti leads Ogura by 14 points with Arbolino third, a further two points adrift.

Roberts is now ninth in the championship chase with Beaubier dropping to 15th.