Section: Circuit of the Americas (USA)

MotoGP: Marc Marquez cruises to impressive victory in Austin

Marc Marquez stamped his authority on the MotoGP World Championship by winning in Austin by more than 2.3 seconds.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez sent a message out to the rest of the paddock that he was back after his mishap in Qatar, as he dominated the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, at one point leading by over 5 seconds.

Marquez took the lead on lap 5, and didn’t look back as he went on to leave the rest of the field behind to maintain his 100% record at CoTA, before relaxing towards the end of the race.

Andrea Dovizioso made it another podium for the resurgent Ducati Team, as he won the fight for 2nd ahead of the Movistar Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, who leads the Championship standings.

Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo left it late, overtaking the Ducati GP15 of Andrea Iannone with only 3 laps to go to snatch 4th place from the Italian, with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith rounding out the top 6.

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Moto2: Sam Lowes claims heroic maiden win

Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes rode through the pain to claim his first ever Moto2 victory at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

British rider Lowes bided his time throughout the race, overtaking Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco to lead with just 6 laps remaining. As Zarco and Xavier Simeon tried to reel him back in, they made contact, with the latter crashing out in an incident that is being investigated by Race Direction.

This left Lowes to take the win, despite having to ride through the pain barrier after a number of huge crashes in Practice and Qualifying. Zarco regained his composure to finish in 2nd, ahead of the rookie Alex Rins on the Paginas Amarillas HP40 Kalex, who now leads the World Championship standings.

The reigning Moto2™ Champion Tito Rabat finished in 4th on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing machine, ahead of the Italtrans Racing Team Kalex of Franco Morbidelli and Hafizh Syarin, who claimed a fantastic 6th place for his Petronas Raceline Malaysia Team.

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Moto3: Peerless Danny Kent takes #AmericasGP Moto3 win

Danny Kent took his first win of the 2015 Moto3 season, and 3rd in his career, as he left the rest of the field for dead in Austin.

A drying track led to an incident packed Moto3 race, as Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent went on to take a faultless win at the Circuit of The Americas. The British rider, who was over half a second quicker than the rest of the field in Qualifying, got swallowed up by the pack from the start dropping back to 5th.

He then set about making his way to the front, taking the lead on the 4th lap, before breaking away unchallenged for the rest of the race to win by over 8.5 seconds.

15-year-old Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (+8.532s) on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda won the battle for second as Alexis Masbou fell at the last corner. Kent’s teammate Efren Vazquez took 3rd ahead of the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 bike of Enea Bastianini, with Honda securing a lock out of the top 4 places.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder finished in 5th, with Scotsman John McPhee on the SAXOPRINT RTG Honda rounding out the top 6.

A number of riders crashed as they appeared to be caught out by track conditions, with Bagnaia, Loi, Oliveira, Ono, Antonelli and Navarro amongst those hitting the deck.

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MotoGP: Marquez takes pole at CoTA after dramatic Q2

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his 23rd MotoGP pole position in Austin, after stopping on track with just 3 minutes to go on Austin.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion had to run down the pit lane to retrieve his second bike with only seconds to spare as the clock ticked down on Q2.  Not even this could stop the Spaniard as he went on to set the fastest ever time on two-wheels around CoTA, a 2’02.135, over sixth-tenths quicker than his previous lap record set in Qualifying last year.

Marquez finished ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (+0.339s ) on the Ducati Team GP15, and Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo (+0.405s) who completed the front row.

Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi (+0.428s) will start from the front of the second row, with the Brits Cal Crutchlow (+0.478s) and Scott Redding (+0.539s) on their Factory spec Honda’s in 5th and 6th respectively.

The second factory Ducati of Andrea Iannone will start from 7th, with the Team Suzuki Ecstar of Aleix Espargaro (8th) finishing ahead of his brother Pol (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) in 9th.

Bradley Smith, Danilo Petrucci and Maverick Viñales will form the 4th row of the grid for Sundays race.

Earlier on, it was the Factory Ducati GP15 of Andrea Iannone and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales who made it through from Q1.

Sunday’s MotoGP™ race is due to start at 14:00 local time in Austin.

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez shows he is still the man to beat in Austin

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finishes the first day of practice on top, as rain plays its part at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

The MotoGP™ Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas was already going to be exciting with the field closer than ever this year, but add to that the chance of rain and things could get really unpredictable this weekend in Austin.

Today’s first two MotoGP™ practice sessions took on an extra importance as rain is predicted to play a major part over the weekend at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. This meant that riders not only had an opportunity to collect vital data in the wet conditions for their teams, but also had one eye on making it through to Q2.

In FP1 it was the Ducati Team GP15 of Dovizioso who had set the fastest time, just beating Marc Marquez into second as the session ended, with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing Honda of Scott Redding finishing in an impressive 3rd.

It was all change for FP2, with the track drying and the rain holding off it gave riders a chance to head out and attempt to set what could be their fastest lap of the two days of practice. The time’s from FP2 might be very important, as with more rain forecast for tomorrow they could decide who makes it through to the second qualifying session on Saturday.

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F1: Lewis Hamilton overtakes Rosberg to win United States GP

Lewis Hamilton caught and passed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the United States Grand Prix and extend his World Championship lead.

Hamilton took his 10th victory of the season thanks to a late and brave move down the inside of Rosberg at Turn 12, after erasing the German’s lead.

The result extends Hamilton’s lead over Rosberg to 24 points with 75 available in the two remaining races.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo drove superbly to beat the Williams to third.

Hamilton’s victory will be another psychological blow for Rosberg, who arrived in Austin, Texas, admitting he needed “three strong races” to have any chance of beating his team-mate to the title.

The Briton looked the quicker of the two through the practice sessions, but Rosberg took pole after his team-mate hit trouble with his brakes in qualifying.

Rosberg converted that into a lead at the first corner but the fact Hamilton was able to follow within a second of him through to their first pit stops suggested the Englishman did indeed have a pace advantage.

The German’s lead gave him the strategic advantage of making his first stop before Hamilton, on lap 15. Hamilton was in next time around and rejoined 2.8 seconds behind.

Five laps later, Hamilton was within a second of the leader and on lap 24 he made the decisive move.

He set the fastest first sector time of the race to that point, to put himself closer to Rosberg’s tail as they entered the hairpin before the long straight.

Hamilton then dived for the inside at Turn 12, the hairpin at the end of the straight.

The move seemed to catch Rosberg unawares. He initially moved to defend, before realising that doing so would breach the rule that forbids changing line in the braking zone.

Hamilton, on the inside and alongside, ran his team-mate out to the kerbs, ensuring he held the lead.

Rosberg kept the gap between them stable at 1.4 seconds for a few laps before Hamilton extended it by a second over laps 30 and 31 to give himself some breathing space and then controlled the race to the end.

It was Hamilton’s fifth victory in succession, 10th of the season, and the 32nd of his career, which means he has more career wins than any other Briton, passing Nigel Mansell, and has equalled the tally of his great rival Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton and Alonso are now equal fifth on the all-time F1 winners’ list.

“I’m really grateful to be up front,” he said. “It is such a privilege to be representing my country and to be at the top of the driver wins is quite special. The car was great today.”

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F1: Sebastian Vettel’s grid penalty greeted with dismay at US GP

Sebastian Vettel is expected to miss Saturday’s qualifying at the US Grand Prix due to one of F1’s more arcane rules.

Race officials in Texas have reacted with dismay to the news that Sebastian Vettel is set to miss Saturday’s qualifying session at the US Grand Prix, which would mean him starting the race from the pit lane.

The Red Bull driver and world champion for the past four years faces sitting out qualifying because he has used up his full allocation of five power units and will need to fit a new one for Austin.

It means Vettel will incur a five- to 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race and, as that makes it likely he would start towards the back, he is expected to opt out of qualifying to save mileage on his new engine. He may also opt not to drive in the three practice runs on Friday and Saturday for the same reason.

Bobby Epstein, the co-founder of the Circuit of the Americas, said: “I’m sorry to hear that he might not run in qualifying. It’s just too bad. I would like to see him start on the grid on Sunday. It won’t affect our ticket sales because most of the people come here for the overall experience but it’s nevertheless unfortunate.”

Vettel expects to pay the engine penalty this weekend. “It looks like it will happen in Austin,” he said. “The rule is completely stupid. So the people turn on the television and see a driver who just stands around and has nothing to do.”

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