The 23-year-old grabbed first place from reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) exiting the first corner. Lorenzo counter-attacked later the same lap at the Turn 11 hairpin but ran wide and Marquez retook the lead. From there he set about establishing an astonishingly fast pace that no one could get close to matching. By lap ten he was almost four seconds ahead of Lorenzo and in the closing stages he had extended his advantage to eight seconds, before he eased off on the final lap to cross the line 6.1 seconds ahead, only slightly less than his winning advantage in Argentina last Sunday.
Marquez’s 135th Grand Prix gave him his 52nd win across all three classes, his 26th MotoGP victory and his 32nd pole position in the premier class. It also extended his championship advantage to 21 points over Lorenzo after three races.
While Marquez enjoyed his latest U.S. success before preparing to cross the Atlantic to begin the European season, his fellow Honda MotoGP riders had little to celebrate at COTA. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) was riding a superb race, chasing third position after qualifying eighth fastest, until lap seven when he lost the front over the rise in Turn One, where his fallen bike struck Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati). Both men went down but neither was seriously hurt and Pedrosa apologized to Dovizioso for the incident, at trackside and again in the pits.
Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team: 1st
I’m very happy with how the whole weekend has gone. This is a circuit that I like, one of my favorite, but there were some unknowns here because just before the race we decided to run the soft front tire. In the end the team advised me very well, because the change gave me the good feeling with the bike that I had partly lost in the warm-up. I have to thank them all, as well as the Michelin technician. When I asked, they told me that I would be okay for the first 12-15 laps, and then after that I would have to manage the situation more, which is exactly what happened. We’ve taken another victory here in Austin and are now on a run of four in a row, which is great. In addition, the joy of the team after we won illustrates everything we’re working on. In these first three races of the year, we’ve made good use of the situations that we’ve encountered.
Jorge LorenzoMovistar Yamaha MotoGP Team, 2nd +06.107
It was really important to finish the race and get 20 points after crashing at high speed in the morning, it was really difficult mentally to focus. I tried in warm up and through the few hours before the race to focus and convince myself for the race. It was a difficult beginning, the track was slippery and with the hard rear tyre and the full tank it was difficult to stop especially on braking. I made some mistakes I don't normally do in the first lap. I couldn't keep the pace of Marc, he was making the difference this weekend and in the race. I was fast enough to stay in second place and finish the race. You could see it was difficult to stay on the bike with a lot of crashes. Today the important thing was to finish and I did it.Tag: Honda Marc Marquez Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP RAcing America Circuit of the Americas COTA Championship Grand-Prix