Marc Marquez won the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas today and in doing so, has become the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class grand prix at the age of 20 years 63 days taking the record from Freddie Spencer (who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982). His teammate Dani Pedrosa, finished just 1.5 seconds behind him in second position, sealing a great weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and Honda, who with this victory celebrate their 6th consecutive win on American soil.

The Spanish riders, wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in Boston and in West in the last days, set the pace from the first laps. Marc slipped back to third at the first corner and Dani took the lead. Marc regained second position and tracked Dani for twelve laps before passing him with nine laps remaining. It was then Dani’s turn to chase Marc, who had chosen the harder rear tyre (Dani was on a soft), but finally the young MotoGP rookie, who completed a perfect weekend with pole position, fastest lap (2’04.242) and victory, held on for his maiden MotoGP win, in just his second race.

Marc Marquez

“After taking my first podium in Qatar I was very happy, but I am even more so today after my first win! It went better than I expected and I am very grateful to the team for their efforts over the preseason. We have worked very hard and, without this, the victory would not have been possible. The race was very intense and physical, as I followed Dani for many laps and then decided to launch an attack and try to open a gap with ten laps to go. I could not pull the gap I wanted as some problems with the front emerged that we’d experienced throughout the weekend. Despite all this, we were able to take the victory. The 25 points are important, but what is more important is to have achieved a win in my second race in MotoGP. We realise that more difficult circuits lie ahead for us, but we will try to give 100% at all of them. Our battle is not the one for the championship, but rather taking it race-by-race and enjoying every moment.”

Dani Pedrosa

“Today's race was good and I'm happy with this second place. We had great pace, even though we knew that Marc was very strong. I tried to ride my own race and in the end I was losing a lot of time in the chicanes. I was tiring physically and I could not handle the bike well – especially in the first part of the circuit. In the second section of the track I was recovering quite a lot of time, but it was not enough. Furthermore, in one of the three laps before the end I made a mistake, lost around 1.5 seconds and Marc was able to get away. That was the point at which the race was lost for me. Still, I'm happy, my riding was pretty good today and I have improved compared with Qatar. I have to congratulate Marc as well, because he did a great job! Now we need to focus on Jerez – a circuit I like a lot.”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 2   Americas

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'42.123
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.534
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.381
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 13 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +6.616
5 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 11 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +12.674
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +16.615
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +22.374
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 8 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +22.854
9 Hayden Nicky 69 USA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +33.773
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 6 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +42.112
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Power Electronics Aspar ART +48.837
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +50.705
13 Spies Ben 11 USA 3 Pramac Racing Ducati +1'14.132
14 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 2 Power Electronics Aspar ART +1'15.651
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 1 Paul Bird Motorsport ART +1'19.591
16 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'34.391
17 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda +1'39.823
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Blusens FTR +1'39.952
19 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'46.773
20 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda +1'48.084
21 Young Blake 79 USA 0 Attack Performance Racing APR +1 lap
22 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
23 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
24 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki DNF
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)