After a difficult start to the 2015 Championship in Qatar, with Marc Marquez making a great recovery from last to 5th, and 6th place Dani Pedrosa requiring further surgery to fix his arm pump issues, Marc and replacement rider Hiroshi Aoyama are en route to Austin, Texas.

Dani underwent successful surgery in Madrid last Friday with Dr. Villamor reporting positively but unable to confirm a exact recovery period. What is known is that Dani will certainly miss the Austin and Argentina races, which are back-to-back GPs so HRC have called on the services of their test rider – Hiroshi Aoyama – to replace the injured rider.

This is just the third time the MotoGP paddock will visit the 5.513km Texas circuit completed in 2012 which features a total of 20 corners with 9 right turns and 11 left turns. Marc took his first premier class victory here in 2013 and also emerged victorious in 2014, with Dani completing the 1-2 for Repsol Honda on both occasions. Hiro – riding for a Satellite Honda team, took 17th in his first outing here and 12th last year.

The normal weekend schedule returns in Austin with first practice on Friday and the race on Sunday at 14h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

Championship Standing: 5th - 11 points

"I’m really looking froward to getting to Austin and putting Qatar behind us. The Circuit of The Americas is one of my favourite circuits and I have good memories of taking my first win in the MotoGP class, back in 2013, and also winning there last year. We need to work hard from FP1 and then keep this momentum for the whole weekend and have a ‘normal’ race. I’m really sorry for Dani, myself and the whole team wish him a speedy recovery. We welcome Hiroshi to the team and will help him how we can!"

Marc Marquez Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 160
GP pole positions 69 (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 41 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 96 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 57 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 58 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 32 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 5 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014, 2016)
Previous Results in Austin 2014 1st (MotoGP), 2013 1st (MotoGP)

Hiroshi Aoyama

Championship Standing: n/a

"I’ve very sorry for Dani’s situation, I know how demanding it is to ride a MotoGP machine and with the problem he had, it’s a great job to finish sixth in Qatar! I would like to thank HRC for asking me to stand in for Dani in Austin, I will do my best and hope to enjoy this experience with the Repsol Honda Team. The Austin track is very demanding and technical, each session will be important to learn the bike and get to know the team, but I am looking forward to being there and racing in the USA with the MotoGP riders. I wish Dani a fast recovery and that he can return on track soon."

Hiroshi Aoyama Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 25/10/1981
Birthplace Chiba, Japan
Height 165 cm
Weight 57 kg
Racing Number 7
GP pole positions 8 (250cc)
Total GP podiums 27 (250cc)
Total GP wins 9 (250cc)
First GP Win 2005 250cc Japan GP
World titles 1 (2009 - 250cc)
Previous Results in Austin 2014 12th (MotoGP), 2013 17th (MotoGP)
Location Information

The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time… read more.

Length 5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 11
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
Constructed 2012

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 - View in Google Maps

circuitoftheamericas.com

Records

Pole Position 2m 02.135s (162.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 43m 33.430s (158.9 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)