Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa made it a double-podium finish for Repsol Honda Team, posting a solid third-place result after leading the early going.

The Repsol Honda riders completed lap one at the front of the pack, Dani having grabbed the lead into turn one from his second-row start, with Marc following in his teammate’s slipstream for several laps before making a bid for the lead. Although Pedrosa put up a strong defence, the reigning champ took over for good on lap 9 of 21 and extended his advantage during the latter part of the race, while Dani was obliged to relinquish the runner-up position to Valentino Rossi with three laps remaining.

Amazingly, Marc has won every Premier-class GP he has ever entered in the U.S., having also taken three MotoGP victories in Indianapolis and one in Laguna Seca; including his two Moto2 wins in the country, this is Marc’s 11th consecutive victory in the USA. That said, the last time the Repsol Honda man had stood atop the podium was when he clinched last year’s title in Motegi, Japan, last October, so this victory marked a welcome return to the top.

Marc’s win today also adds yet another important piece to Honda’s own domination in MotoGP events hosted in the USA. In fact, the last 14 MotoGP races on American tarmac have been won by Honda riders. (The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the country was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.) Honda have therefore won 17 of the 22 premier-class Grand Prix races that have taken place in the USA during the MotoGP era.

With this result, Marc and Dani move up the Championship standings to third and sixth places, respectively.

Marc Marquez

1st

“This was a crucial race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, so we are really happy with this result. Although I won, it was difficult, because the temperature was much higher than yesterday. Five minutes before the start, I said to my chief mechanic, ‘Okay, let’s use the hard tyre’ because I knew that I would push the medium front tyre a lot. In the beginning I was just trying to understand the limit because I hadn’t tried it a lot on Friday. I was behind Dani and when I saw that he was struggling a little bit and Valentino was challenging, I said, ‘Time to attack.’ I was able to win, and I’m happy to be back in the championship.”

Dani Pedrosa

3rd

“I’m happy because we made some steps forward today, and overall this weekend was positive. We made some good improvements from the last races, and also in practice we were higher up in the results. Qualifying still wasn't as good as I’d have liked, but today were able to get a good start and arrive first to turn one. It was the first time I’ve done that in a while, and I led the race for a few laps, which is good. In the end it was difficult to manage the front tyre. I could feel that the right side was finished, so I couldn't prevent Valentino from passing me. After the crash in Argentina, I wanted to avoid losing the front, so I just tried to finish.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 3   Americas

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
31%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43'58.770
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 3.069
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda 5.112
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 13 LCR Honda Honda 7.638
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 7.957
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 14.058
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 9 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 15.491
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 8 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 16.772
9 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 7 Ducati Team Ducati 17.979
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 6 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 18.494
11 Folger Jonas 94 GER 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 18.903
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 28.735
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 3 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 30.041
14 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 2 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 31.364
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'06.547
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'22.090
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2 laps
18 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 10 laps
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 12 laps
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 13 laps
21 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 0 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20 laps
22 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 20 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)