Race report: Marquez becomes youngest ever MotoGP winner

Posted: 22 Apr 2013

Marc Marquez has become the youngest winner of a MotoGP race after taking victory at the Circuit of The Americas yesterday, in only his second race competing in the premier class. Speaking of his victory Marquez said: “This is a dream come true. I would like to thank the team; without them this would not have been possible.”

The youngest rider to start from pole, he was overtaken by his teammate Pedrosa into the first corner but held on and managed to reclaim the lead thirteen laps into the race into the Turn Seven chicanes. Initially Pedrosa held on but after a few laps started to drop back. Pedrosa said: “I am very happy with the bike. The start of the race was good, but I gradually started to lose strength in my left arm and I couldn’t change direction as quickly through the chicanes.” Three laps before the end of the race he made a mistake and lapped 1.5 seconds slower than his teammate, which ultimately sealed victory for Marquez.

Lorenzo had a steady race, finishing a somewhat predictable third. He said: "We found something in the warm up - changing the gearing from 1st to 2nd in the hairpin corners - but we needed to find 0.2 seconds in order to compete with the Hondas."

Meanwhile, Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, who had not tested at the circuit before, finished 4th ahead of Bradl and Rossi: “We have worked really hard this weekend and with short resources. I had a plan in my head to beat some of the riders who had tested here, and we did that. We can move on to Jerez proud.” Cal was speaking of the fire in the Tech 3 Garage that resulted in, amongst other things, the team’s laptops being flooded by sprinklers.

Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista, Nicky Hayden, and Andrea Ianone completed the Top 10 finishers. As the series heads to Jerez on 5th May, Marquez leads the Championship with the same amount of points as Jorge Lorenzo, with Pedrosa in Third.

 

Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP Race Classification:

1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda

2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda

3. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing

4. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3

5. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda

6. Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing

7. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team

8. Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini

9. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team

10. Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

11. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar

12. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3

13. Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing

14. Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar

15. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport

16. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport

17. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens

18. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens

19. Claudio Corti NGM Forward Racing

20. Bryan Staring Go&Fun Honda Gresini

21. Blake Young Attack Performance Racing

 

DNF:

Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project

Lukas Pesek Came IodaRacing Project

Colin Edwards NGM Forward Racing

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