MotoGP Round 2 Summary and Round 3 TV Schedule

Lamb-Stephen
By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

 

This week the MotoGP World Championship hops the pond to Austin, Texas and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). In case you missed round 2 from Argentina, here's what's happened:

 

MotoGP Round 2 Summary, Round 3 TV Schedule COTA

 

MotoGP

After securing pole position in Saturdays qualifying, Honda's Marc Marquez delivered a master class in precision, leading the race from lap one and delivering lap time consistency of a swiss watch - all laps except his first (a standing start) and last (showboating over the line) varied from average by no more than seven tenths of a second.

Nearly ten seconds behind Marquez, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso were fighting tooth and nail to secure second place. After swapping positions siz times during the race, it was Rossi that secured second place, co-incidentally just seven tenths ahead of Dovizioso.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow (Honda) had a frustrating outing, picking up a ride through penalty for a jump start, and finishing in a lowly 13th place, some 31 seconds from the lead.

 

Moto2

Qualifying in eighth, and making up four places off the grid, Italy's Lorenzo Baldassarri continued to make inroads, securing two more positions on laps 15 and 16, before taking the lead on lap 20 and securing his win by just over 1.25 seconds.

Son of Australian legend Wayne Gardner, Remy, secured his first podium in 67 starts,  with a half-second lead over Spain's Alex Marquez.

2018 Bennetts British Superbike runner up Jake Dixon finished in a respectable 17th place. Sam Lowes failed to finish after a Lap 18 crash.

 

Moto3

 Spanish Jaume Masia made hard work of the Moto3 race, qualifying in pole for the first time in his 23 race moto3 career, and dropping as low as 14th place during the race.

As to be expected with Moto3 races though, anyone of about 9 or 10 riders could have won with just a second and a half covering the first 12 riders over the line, but Masia held his nerve to secure his first career win, from South African Darryn Binder and Italian Tony Arbolino.

Brits Tom Booth-Amos and John McPhee finished in 18th and 21st places respectively.

 

MotoGP Round 2 Summary, Round 3 TV Schedule COTA

Here's how the championship tables stand after round 2:

 

MOTOGP RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

MARQUEZ, Marc (ESP)

HONDA

45

-

-

2

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea (ITA)

DUCATI

41

4

4

3

ROSSI, Valentino (ITA)

YAMAHA

31

10

14

4

RINS, Alex (ESP)

SUZUKI

24

7

21

5

PETRUCCI, Danilo (ITA)

DUCATI

20

4

25

6

CRUTCHLOW, Cal (GBR)

HONDA

19

1

26

7

NAKAGAMI, Takaaki (JPN)

HONDA

16

3

29

8

MILLER, Jack (AUS)

DUCATI

13

3

32

9

ESPARGARO, Aleix (ESP)

APRILIA

13

-

32

10

ESPARGARO, Pol (ESP)

KTM

10

3

35

 

MOTO2 RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

BALDASSARRI, Lorenzo (ITA)

KALEX

50

-

-

2

GARDNER, Remy (AUS)

KALEX

33

17

17

3

SCHROTTER, Marcel (GER)

KALEX

27

6

23

4

MARQUEZ, Alex (ESP)

KALEX

25

2

25

5

LUTHI, Thomas (SUI)

KALEX

20

5

30

6

MARINI, Luca (ITA)

KALEX

17

3

33

7

BINDER, Brad (RSA)

KTM

14

3

36

8

BASTIANINI, Enea (ITA)

KALEX

14

-

36

9

LECUONA, Iker (ESP)

KTM

13

1

37

10

FERNANDEZ, Augusto (ESP)

KALEX

11

2

39

 

MOTO3 RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE (TOP 10)

POS

RIDER

BIKE

PTS

NEXT

LEADER

1

TOBA, Kaito (JPN)

HONDA

31

-

-

2

DALLA PORTA, Lorenzo (ITA)

HONDA

29

2

2

3

MASIA, Jaume (ESP)

KTM

25

4

6

4

ANTONELLI, Niccolò (ITA)

HONDA

21

4

10

5

BINDER, Darryn (RSA)

KTM

20

1

11

6

CANET, Aron (ESP)

KTM

20

-

11

7

RAMIREZ, Marcos (ESP)

HONDA

20

-

11

8

ARBOLINO, Tony (ITA)

HONDA

16

4

15

9

VIETTI, Celestino (ITA)

KTM

13

3

18

10

SASAKI, Ayumu (JPN)

HONDA

11

2

20

 

MotoGP Round 2 Summary, Round 3 TV Schedule COTA

 

The season continues this weekend at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, COTA, Austin Texas.

TV coverage is split between BT Sport 2 for live action, and Quest TV for highlights, as follows:

Friday 12th April 2019

Free Practice 1 & 2 - LIVE

BT SPORT 2

14:45 - 22:15

Saturday 13th April 2019

Free Practice 3

BT SPORT 2

15:00 - 18:00

Qualifying

BT SPORT 2

18:00 - 22:00

Sunday 14th April 2019

Warm Up

BT SPORT 2

14:30 - 16:15

Moto 3 Race

BT SPORT 2

16:15 - 18:00

Moto 2 Race

BT SPORT 2

18:00 - 19:30

MotoGP Race

BT SPORT 2

19:30 - 21:00

Chequered Flag (Analysis Programme)

BT SPORT 2

21:00 - 22:00

Monday 15th April 2019

Highlights

Quest TV

18:00 - 19:00

 

Photo credits:

PSP/Lukasz Swiderek (www.photopsp.com)/FIM

 

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