Record-breaking Marquez on top in Texas

Posted: 14 Apr 2014

Marc Marquez, Austin, Texas

Twenty-one-year-old World Champion Marc Marquez displayed yet another near-perfect MotoGP performance at the Circuit of the Americas yesterday… despite a minor wobble at the last corner! The young Spaniard almost lost control of his Repsol Honda when he “lost concentration” for a split second, although this did little to stop him crossing the line more than four seconds ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Marquez said after the race: “I’m really happy with this victory, we did a different kind of race. I’ve never led a race from the start to the end before. This time was a little strange and difficult to keep the concentration and I had a little moment when I lost concentration. The race was a little quiet so in the last corner I make a little excitement for my mechanics!”

Marc Marquez, round 2

The US track holds certain significance for Marquez as he won his first ever race there in 2013 – his rookie year. As well as winning yesterday’s race, the Honda rider also broke his own lap record by more than a second, and became one of the only riders in the history of the championship to win the first two consecutive races from pole position. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso completed the podium in third. 

Meanwhile, former World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was somewhat disappointed with his result in America. The Movistar Yamaha rider could only manage tenth after having to complete a pit lane ride through at the end of lap one as a result of his jump start, which he blamed on mosquitoes.

Lorenzo explained: “When I arrive to the grid, I have too many mosquitos on my visor so I decided to take out the tear off. I never do this and at this moment, I get confused and when I see the red light I thought it was the start of the race. It went red very late. It was difficult to keep calm and not get too stressed and crazy, I have some moments into the last corner with my rear wheel in the grass.

“For all the confusion at the beginning, I couldn’t ride the maximum, I was nervous on the braking but by the time I relaxed, the tyre was already bad.”

Scott Redding, Austin, Texas

Monster Yamaha’s Bradley Smith was the top-finishing British rider in fifth, while Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow crashed out of contention and subsequently broke his hand. Bike Social-supported Scott Redding also had little luck at Austin, crashing out of the race with two laps to go.

The series now heads to Argentina for round three on 27 April.

Circuit of the Americas – race results

1

Marc Marquez               

Repsol Honda Team        

43:33.430

2

Dani Pedrosa                

Repsol Honda Team               

+4.124

3

Andrea Dovizioso         

Ducati Team                             

+20.976

4

Stefan Bradl                 

LCR Honda MotoGP               

+22.790

5

Bradley Smith              

Monster Yamaha Tech 3        

+22.963

6

Pol Espargaro               

Monster Yamaha Tech 3       

+26.567

7

Andrea Iannone           

Pramac Racing                        

+28.257

8

Valentino Rossi           

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    

+45.519

9

Aleix Espargaro           

NGM Forward Racing            

+47.605

10

Jorge Lorenzo            

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    

+49.111

11

Nicky Hayden             

Drive M7 Aspar                        

+1’00.765

12

Hiroshi Aoyama         

Drive M7 Aspar                        

+1’03.954

13

Yonny Hernandez      

Pramac Racing                         

+1’07.333

14

Karel Abraham           

Cardion AB Motoracing        

+1’27.972

15

Hector Barbera           

Avintia Racing                         

+1’.32.376

16

Michael Laverty         

Paul Bird Motorsport             

+1’32.543

17

Danilo Petrucci          

IodaRacing Project                  

+1’39.176

18

Mike Di Meglio          

Avintia Racing                          

+1’51.962

DNF

Scott Redding        

Go&Fun Honda Gresini

 

DNF

Colin Edwards         

NGM Forward Racing

 

DNF

Cal Crutchlow         

Ducati Team

 

DNF

Alvaro Bautista      

Go&Fun Honda Gresini

 

DNF

Broc Parkes            

Paul Bird Motorsport  

 


Championship standings after two rounds

1

Marc Marquez                

50

2

Dani Pedrosa                  

36

3

Valentino Rossi              

28

4

Andrea Dovizoso            

27

5

Aleix Espargaro              

20

6

Andrea Iannone            

15

7

Stefan Bradl                

13

8

Nicky Hayden            

13

9

Bradley Smith                

11

10

Pol Espargaro            

10

11

Cal Crutchlow          

10

12

Scott Redding                

9

13

Hiroshi Aoyama          

9

14

Colin Edwards            

7

15

Yonny Hernandez    

7

16

Jorge Lorenzo                

6

17

Karel Abraham            

5

18

Danilo Petrucci            

2

 

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