Marc Marquez today scored his fourth successive win from pole at Circuit of the Americas, making it his 10th victory in a row on American soil and extending his lead in the Championship standings by 21 points over Jorge Lorenzo. Marc led from the beginning of the Texas weekend, finishing first in every practice, earning pole position and finally leading the race from the start to the chequered flag, setting the fastest lap of the race at 2’04.682 on lap 11. With this success, Marquez overtakes Kevin Schwantz in number of victories in the premier class, with 26, while Honda now leads both the Constructor and Team standings.

It was a masterful victory, the result of his particularly good feeling with the track and the good teamwork performed in the garage. After today’s warm-up in fact, the Spaniard, together with his team and Michelin technician, chose to race with a medium rear/soft front tyre combination that proved to be successful.

Dani Pedrosa got a good start from the third row to slot into fifth place by the end of the first lap. He moved past Rossi on lap two before the Italian crashed out of the race, and passed Aleix Espargaro on the third lap. Dani was able to keep a very competitive pace and set the third fastest lap of the race at 2’04.950, and was closely chasing Dovizioso and Lorenzo, preparing to battle for second position, when he lost the front while braking into turn one on lap seven. He crashed, and in doing so, he unfortunately took out a blameless Andrea Dovizioso. After rushing to check that the Italian was unhurt, Dani remounted his bike and re-joined the race but was forced to retire on lap 11 due to damage to his bike.

With two demanding back-to-back flyaway races behind them, the MotoGP field will be back in action in less than two weeks’ time at the Jerez GP, the first race of 2016 on European soil.

Marc Marquez

1st

“I’m very happy with how the whole weekend has gone. This is a circuit that I like, one of my favourite, but there were some unknowns here because just before the race we decided to run the soft front tyre. 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.”

Dani Pedrosa

DNF

“It was a rather difficult weekend overall. The practice sessions didn’t go entirely well, but I approached the race with hope and I think we started quite well. I gained positions and was in a very good group, and I think we could have fought with Lorenzo for second place; the pace we had was much better than in practice. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake, losing the front end under braking when I was still turning into the corner. I lost control and tried to save the crash, but I ended up going down and taking Dovizioso with me. It’s a shame to have finished the race in that way, and I feel especially bad for Andrea and want to apologise to him. I’m glad he’s fine. The good news is that we took a big step forward from practice to the race. Now we must carefully look into the data we collected during the race and try to build on it for the Jerez GP in two weeks’ time.”

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 3   Americas

Race Results

Dry
Humidity
62%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'57.945
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 6.107
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati 10.947
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 18.422
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 20.711
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR 10 Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 28.961
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 32.112
8 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati 32.757
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 7 Avintia Racing Ducati 34.592
10 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 40.211
11 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 5 Aspar Team Ducati 45.423
12 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 4 Aspar Team Ducati 47.127
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 3 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 47.426
14 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 2 Aspar Team Ducati 51.190
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA 1 Avintia Racing Ducati 1'12.929
16 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda 1'19.252
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'28.036
18 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10 laps
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 15 laps
20 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 19 laps
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)