Tag: Circuit of the Americas

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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