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Marquez back on top

Marquez back on top

Defending World Champion, Marc Marquez, bounced back from a mishap at the last meeting in Qatar to win yesterday’s US MotoGP at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and the Yamaha of round one winner Valentino Rossi.

Having taken a dramatic pole position, which saw him running down the pit lane to get his second bike with minutes remaining of the second qualifying session, the Spaniard initially dropped behind Dovizioso before making his move on lap five and winning by two seconds.

In doing so, he also kept his unbeaten record of winning every race since the track become part of the MotoGP calendar in 2013.

“I am very happy with this victory! After yesterday, things looked positive for us, but the only doubt was about the weather. In the end, it turned out stranger than it had seemed. When I saw that it was going to be a dry race, I started out very focused - because I knew it was important to try to win today,” Marquez told the MotoGP website.

“However, right from the first lap I saw that the track was not like it had been before the rain of last night. There was less grip and it was harder to ride comfortably. I decided to keep calm in the early laps to try to understand the situation well, and when I started to find a feeling similar to practice, I decided to push the pace a bit. That was when I was able to open up a gap”.

With the Repsol Honda clearing off, Dovizioso and fellow Italian Rossi become embroiled in a fight of their own which almost came to tears with a collision at one stage. With his tyres fading in the latter stages, Rossi eventually has to settle for third, 3.1 seconds behind winner Marquez.

Yamaha teammate and former champion Jorge Lorenzo managed to secure fourth ahead of the second Ducati of Andrea Iannone while Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith ended sixth. Fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow recovered from a poor start to bring his LCR Honda home in seventh ahead of the two Ecstar Suzuki’s of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, while Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.

The next round takes place this coming weekend at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit in Argentina. 


IMAGE sourced from motogp.com