Marquez continues perfect record in USA with emphatic win in Austin

By | April 13, 2015

Austin, 12 April 2015 (13Apr IST): Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has returned to winning form in the Red Bull GP of The Americas with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama – replacing Dani Pedrosa – fighting to the last lap to take 11th place.

Pole man Marc dropped back briefly from the start to 2nd place behind Dovizioso whilst Hiroshi got caught up and found himself 20th, from 16th on the grid. By lap five, Hiro had climbed to 13th and after a brief battle with Dovizioso, Marc took first place.

With Rossi and Iannone fighting with Dovizioso, Marc never looked back and led from the front for the remainder of the race – taking his 20th victory in the MotoGP class. Hiroshi progressed further and reached 11th place, which he briefly lost on the final lap, but showed a fighting spirit and re-passed Barbera taking 11th.

Marc has won on all six occasions that he has raced in the MotoGP class in the USA, and Honda celebrate their 11th consecutive win on American soil. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.

Now the team packs up and head straight to Argentina for the third round of 2015.

Marc Marquez said: “I am very happy with this victory! After yesterday, things looked positive for us, but the only doubt was about the weather. In the end, it turned out stranger than it had seemed. When I saw that it was going to be a dry race, I started out very focused – because I knew it was important to try to win today. However, right from the first lap I saw that the track was not like it had been before the rain of last night. There was less grip and it was harder to ride comfortably. I decided to keep calm in the early laps to try to understand the situation well, and when I started to find a feeling similar to practice, I decided to push the pace a bit. That was when I was able to open up a gap.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 43’47.150
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team +2.354
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.120
4 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +6.682
5 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 11 Ducati Team +7.584
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +10.557
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 9 CWM LCR Honda +16.967
8 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 8 Team Suzuki Ecstar +19.025
9 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar +38.570
10 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 6 Pramac Racing +41.796
11 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN 5 Repsol Honda Team +47.199
12 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 4 Avintia Racing +47.339
13 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA 3 Aspar MotoGP Team +56.484
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 2 CWM LCR Honda +56.731
15 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +57.372
16 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar MotoGP Team +58.898
17 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 0 Athina Forward Racing +1’08.787
18 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM 0 Athina Forward Racing +1’22.236
19 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing DNF
20 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini DNF
21 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL 0 Pramac Racing DNF
22 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing DNF
23 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 0 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS DNF
24 BRADL Stefan 6 GER 0 Athina Forward Racing DNF
25 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 DNF

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Reigning world champion Marquez returns to winning ways in Austin on Sunday. A Repsol Honda image

Reigning world champion Marquez returns to winning ways in Austin on Sunday. A Repsol Honda image