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 No||Name||Team||2018 season||2017 season|
|93||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda||201||298|
|46||Valentino Rossi||Movistar Yamaha||142||208|
|25||Maverick Viñales||Movistar Yamaha||113||230|
|9||Danilo Petrucci||Alma Pramac||105||124|
|5||Johann Zarco||Monster Yamaha Tech3||104||174|
|35||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||103||112|
|29||Andrea Iannone||Suzuki Ecstar||84||70|
|42||Alex Rins||Suzuki Ecstar||66||59|
|26||Dani Pedrosa||Repsol Honda||66||210|
|43||Jack Miller||Alma Pramac||61||82|
|19||Alvaro Bautista||Angel Nieto||57||75|
|53||Tito Rabat||Reale Avintia||35||35|
|44||Pol Espargaro||Red Bull KTM||32||55|
|55||Hafizh Syahrin||Monster Yamaha Tech3||24|
|21||Franco Morbidelli||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||22|
|38||Bradley Smith||Red Bull KTM||15||29|
|30||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||11|
|36||Mika Kallio||Red Bull KTM||6|
|17||Karel Abraham||Angel Nieto||4||32|
|12||Thomas Luthi||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||0|
|10||Xavier Simeon||Reale Avintia||0|
2018 MotoGP Teams
|Team||2018 season||2017 season|
|Monster Yamaha Tech3||128||258|
|Red Bull KTM||47||84|
|EG 0,0 Marc VDS||22||117|
2018 MotoGP Races
|Austria||12-Aug||Jorge Lorenzo||Marc Marquez||Andrea Dovizioso|
|Czech Republic||5-Aug||Andrea Dovizioso||Jorge Lorenzo||Marc Marquez|
|Germany||15-Jul||Marc Marquez||Valentino Rossi||Maverick Viñales|
|Netherlands||1-Jul||Marc Marquez||Alex Rins||Maverick Viñales|
|Spain (Catalunya)||17-Jun||Jorge Lorenzo||Marc Marquez||Valentino Rossi|
|Italy||3-Jun||Jorge Lorenzo||Andrea Dovizioso||Valentino Rossi|
|France||20-May||Marc Marquez||Danilo Petrucci||Valentino Rossi|
|Spain (Jerez)||6-May||Marc Marquez||Johann Zarco||Andrea Iannone|
|United States||22-Apr||Marc Marquez||Maverick Viñales||Andrea Iannone|
|Argentina||8-Apr||Cal Crutchlow||Johann Zarco||Alex Rins|
|Qatar||18-Mar||Andrea Dovizioso||Marc Marquez||Valentino Rossi|