Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez took his 93 bike on a dream run, effectively delivering a master class to the rest of the riders at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This makes it his sixth consecutive victory at the circuit. He was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales and a well rewarded Andrea Iannone.

Marquez started on fourth as a result of a penalty, with the front row taken by the works Yamaha of Viñales, Iannone on his Suzuki Ecstar and Johann Zarco on his Tech3 Yamaha. However the main threat looked like it would come from Rossi on the spot just to the left of him.

The start proved to be the first of the lessons he would impart, as he hit the first corner just behind Iannone who had grabbed the hole shot. Rossi had similarly moved up, followed closely followed by Cal Crutchlow who looked like he would repeat his Argentina performance.

The battle for lead lasted for the first few laps, after which Marquez managed to stay ahead of Iannone and then begin to open up a good lead. The battle then switched to Viñales, Rossi and Iannone who were caught up in trying to claim second, with the Suzuki being sandwiched between Viñales ahead and Rossi behind.

Meanwhile Crutchlow fell off his machine and had to rework his way back up through the traffic, effectively keeping him out of contention.

The other notable battle was by Marquez’ teammate Dani Pedrosa, who brought the battle to the track a week after major surgery post his Argentina tumble. He was rewarded with a seventh position for his efforts.

The Doctor managed to keep his cool and almost caught Iannone at the end, but had to settle for fourth. Andrea Dovizioso managed a well deserved fifth spot ahead of Zarco who he duelled with for much of the race.

The rather interesting mix cements Marquez’ mastery of COTA, while bringing the championship battle that much closer, with five riders pushing for the honours. And to top off the ideal American weekend, Marquez did his honour lap carrying the flag honouring Nicky Hayden. He said post race, “Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.”

2018 MotoGP Riders

Bike NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
93Marc MarquezRepsol Honda271298
4Andrea DoviziosoDucati194261
46Valentino RossiMovistar Yamaha172208
25Maverick ViñalesMovistar Yamaha146230
99Jorge LorenzoDucati130137
35Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda128112
9Danilo PetrucciAlma Pramac126124
5Johann ZarcoMonster Yamaha Tech3123174
29Andrea IannoneSuzuki Ecstar11370
42Alex RinsSuzuki Ecstar10259
26Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda87210
43Jack MillerAlma Pramac7482
19Alvaro BautistaAngel Nieto7275
53Tito RabatReale Avintia3535
21Franco MorbidelliEG 0,0 Marc VDS33 
41Aleix EspargaroAprilia3262
44Pol EspargaroRed Bull KTM3255
55Hafizh SyahrinMonster Yamaha Tech328 
38Bradley SmithRed Bull KTM1929
30Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda18 
45Scott ReddingAprilia1264
36Mika KallioRed Bull KTM6
17Karel AbrahamAngel Nieto532
51Michele PirroDucati Test team1
12Thomas LuthiEG 0,0 Marc VDS0 
10Xavier SimeonReale Avintia0 

2018 MotoGP Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Repsol Honda358508
Ducati324398
Movistar Yamaha318438
Suzuki Ecstar215130
Alma Pramac200188
Monster Yamaha Tech3151258
LCR Honda146112
Angel Nieto77107
Red Bull KTM5184
Aprilia4467
Reale Avintia3573
EG 0,0 Marc VDS33117

2018 MotoGP Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Japan21-Oct   
Thailand7-OctMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoMaverick Viñales
Spain (Aragon)23-SepMarc MarquezAndrea DoviziosoAndrea Iannone
Italy9-SepAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezCal Crutchlow
Britain26-Aug   
Austria12-AugJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezAndrea Dovizioso
Czech Republic5-AugAndrea DoviziosoJorge LorenzoMarc Marquez
Germany15-JulMarc MarquezValentino RossiMaverick Viñales
Netherlands1-JulMarc MarquezAlex RinsMaverick Viñales
Spain (Catalunya)17-JunJorge LorenzoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Italy3-JunJorge LorenzoAndrea DoviziosoValentino Rossi
France20-MayMarc MarquezDanilo PetrucciValentino Rossi
Spain (Jerez)6-MayMarc MarquezJohann ZarcoAndrea Iannone
United States22-AprMarc MarquezMaverick ViñalesAndrea Iannone
Argentina8-AprCal CrutchlowJohann ZarcoAlex Rins
Qatar18-MarAndrea DoviziosoMarc MarquezValentino Rossi
Australia28-Oct   
Malaysia4-Nov   
Spain (Valencia)18-Nov   

 

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