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Masterful win for Marquez in Texas

Undefeated in America
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Marquez speeds to victory
Marquez speeds to victory

Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position.

The Repsol Honda riders completed lap one at the front of the pack, Dani having grabbed the lead into turn one from his second-row start, with Marc following in his teammate’s slipstream for several laps before making a bid for the lead. Although Pedrosa put up a strong defence, the reigning champ took over for good on lap 9 of 21 and extended his advantage during the latter part of the race, while Dani was obliged to relinquish the runner-up position to Valentino Rossi with three laps remaining.

Maverick Vinales fell out of contention on the second lap with a low-side crash at Turn 18, ending his winning streak after his victories in Qatar and Argentina.

Amazingly, Marquez has won every Premier-class GP he has ever entered in the U.S., having also taken three MotoGP victories in Indianapolis and one in Laguna Seca; including his two Moto2 wins in the country, this is Marc’s 11th consecutive victory in the USA. That said, the last time the Repsol Honda man had stood atop the podium was when he clinched last year’s title in Suzuka, Japan, last October, so this victory marked a welcome return to the top.

Marc’s win today also adds yet another important piece to Honda’s own domination in MotoGP events hosted in the USA. In fact, the last 14 MotoGP races on American tarmac have been won by Honda riders. (The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the country was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.) Honda have therefore won 17 of the 22 premier-class Grand Prix races that have taken place in the USA during the MotoGP era.

Marc Marquez
This was a crucial race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, so we are really happy with this result. Although I won, it was difficult, because the temperature was much higher than yesterday. Five minutes before the start, I said to my chief mechanic, ‘Okay, let’s use the hard tyre’ because I knew that I would push the medium front tyre a lot. In the beginning I was just trying to understand the limit because I hadn’t tried it a lot on Friday. I was behind Dani and when I saw that he was struggling a little bit and Valentino was challenging, I said, ‘Time to attack.’ I was able to win, and I’m happy to be back in the championship.

Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1MARQUEZ Marc93SPA25Repsol Honda TeamHonda43'58.770
2ROSSI Valentino46ITA20Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha3.069
3PEDROSA Dani26SPA16Repsol Honda TeamHonda5.112
4CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR13LCR HondaHonda7.638
5ZARCO Johann5FRA11Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha7.957
6DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA10Ducati TeamDucati14.058
7IANNONE Andrea29ITA9Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki15.491
8PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA8Octo Pramac RacingDucati16.772
9LORENZO Jorge99SPA7Ducati TeamDucati17.979
10MILLER Jack43AUS6Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda18.494
11FOLGER Jonas94GER5Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha18.903
12REDDING Scott45GBR4Octo Pramac RacingDucati28.735
13RABAT Tito53SPA3Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda30.041
14BARBERA Hector8SPA2Reale Avintia RacingDucati31.364
15BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA1Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati1'06.547
16SMITH Bradley38GBR0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'22.090
17ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia2 laps
18LOWES Sam22GBR0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia10 laps
19ESPARGARO Pol44SPA0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM12 laps
20BAZ Loris76FRA0Reale Avintia RacingDucati13 laps
21VINALES Maverick25SPA0Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha20 laps
22ABRAHAM Karel17CZE0Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati20 laps

Rider Standings

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1ROSSI Valentino46ITA56Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
2VINALES Maverick25SPA50Movistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
3MARQUEZ Marc93SPA38Repsol Honda TeamHonda
4DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA30Ducati TeamDucati
5CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR29LCR HondaHonda
6PEDROSA Dani26SPA27Repsol Honda TeamHonda
7ZARCO Johann5FRA22Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
8FOLGER Jonas94GER21Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha
9REDDING Scott45GBR21Octo Pramac RacingDucati
10MILLER Jack43AUS21Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
11PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA17Octo Pramac RacingDucati
12BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA14Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
13LORENZO Jorge99SPA12Ducati TeamDucati
14ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA10Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
15IANNONE Andrea29ITA9Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
16BAZ Loris76FRA9Reale Avintia RacingDucati
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZE8Pull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati
18RABAT Tito53SPA8Team EG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda
19BARBERA Hector8SPA8Reale Avintia RacingDucati
20RINS Alex42SPA7Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
21ESPARGARO Pol44SPA2Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
22SMITH Bradley38GBR1Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM



Team Standings

Pos.TeamPoints
1Movistar Yamaha MotoGP106
2Repsol Honda Team65
3Monster Yamaha Tech 343
4Ducati Team42
5Octo Pramac Racing38
6LCR Honda29
7Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS29
8Pull&Bear Aspar Team22
9Reale Avintia Racing17
10Team Suzuki Ecstar16
11Aprilia Racing Team Gresini10
12Red Bull KTM Factory Racing3



Constructor Standings

Pos.TeamPoints
1Yamaha70
2Honda54
3Ducati43
4Suzuki16
5Aprilia10
6KTM2

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