Honda’s Marc Marquez maintained his perfect MotoGP record in the United States, scoring his fourth consecutive MotoGP victory at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
The Spanish racer has again in a race of his own at the Austin MotoGP, starting on pole position for the fourth successive year and pulling away on the opening lap with reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha. From his fourth consecutive pole position at Austin race track, Marquez has never been challenged after securing the lead from Yamaha’s world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who led in Turns 1 and Turns 11.
Marquez won the three previous MotoGP races at the Circuit of the Americas, as part of a haul of seven wins from seven races in the US, along with two from two in Moto2. Despite bitter challenges from Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, Marquez managed to make a smooth run and pulled inexorably away to his second win of the season.
Teammate Valentino Rossi crashed out of the race early on at Turn 2, having complained of a clutch problem hampering his progress soon after the start. This was Rossi’s first retirement since Aragon in 2014.
Yamaha’s world champion Jorge Lorenzo made a good start, leading Marquez and Rossi into Turn 1 but ran wide. Lorenzo has tried to regain second from Rossi, just cutting in front of the Italian on the approach to Turn 3, and then tried to beat Marquez at Turn 11, but overshot again.
Marquez led Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the end of lap one, with the aggressive Ducati powering past on the start/finish straight only for Marquez to retake the lead at Turn 1 under braking. Behind them, Jorge Lorenzo held third from Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi.
Marquez’ teammate Valentine Rossi reported that he’d been struggling with his clutch spinning in the early laps for the race. Rossi and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa swapped fifth place, but Rossi crashed out of the race at the Turn 2 sweeper while chasing Pedrosa. Rossi was unhurt, but his race was over.
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo made a strong comeback and passed Ducati’s Dovizioso for second on lap five, but this time, Lorenzo failed because Marquez was already two seconds clear of him.
Fourth-placed Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was hanging with Jorge Lorenzo and Andre Dovizioso, helped by his soft rear tyre. However, Pedrosa has made a huge mistake and dropped his bucking Honda spectacularly at Turn 1, and slammed into the unfortunate Ducati’s Dovizioso, taking him out. The weary Pedrosa had to be assisted from track side by medics after taking a terrible hit, just behind his left leg.
The Italian racer Pedrosa, who retired after rejoining for a few laps, took the trouble to visit Andrea Dovizioso in the pits to apologise about the crash.
Aleix Espargaro dropped away from the leaders, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone right with him by lap six.
Seventh-placed Cal Crutchlow of Team LCR, who made a poor start from the second row, dropped his LCR Honda at Turn 1 while chasing Scott Redding’s Pramac Ducati.
By half distance, Marquez held a 5 seconds lead over its fierce rival Jorge Lorenzo of Team Yamaha, with Iannone a further 4 seconds back.
Next to them is Octo Pramac Yakhnich’s Scott Redding who finished sixth, comfortably clear of Pol Espargaro.
Avintia Racing’s Hector Barberati was eighth, getting ahead of Michel Pirro of Octo Pramac Yaknich. However, Pirro regained his eighth place from Barbera in the closing stages of the race, with Stefan Bradl of Aprilla Racing Team rounding out the top 10.
In addition to the Austin MotoGP, Márquez also won the 2010 125cc World Championship, the 2012 Moto2 World Championship, and the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP World Championships. The Spanish GP racer has also become the first rider since Kenny Roberts in 1978 to accomplish the premier class title in his first season, and the youngest to win the title overall.
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