Marc Marquez has completed the perfect weekend in Austin, having led every session, taken pole (with a new lap record), recorded a new fastest race lap and crowned it with a victory this afternoon. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, also contributed to the fantastic Repsol Honda spectacle with a strong second place 16.8 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dovizioso.

Starting on pole for the 11th time in just 20 MotoGP starts Marc, as last season, was once again the only rider to choose the hard rear Bridgestone tyre. He had his best start in the premier class, only beaten in the first corner by Lorenzo who made an uncharacteristic jump start – forcing him into the pit lane for a drive through penalty – and promoting Marc back up to first by the end of the first lap.

Once out in front, he never looked back. He set a new race lap record on lap three with a time of 2’03.575 (beating his time of 2’04.242 in 2013) and went on to win the race comfortably, apart from a final corner scare on the last lap when he briefly lost concentration, and finished four seconds in front of his teammate. Dani, starting from second on the grid, was also unfazed by Lorenzo’s mistake and slipped in behind Marc as the Repsol Honda duo ran away from the race leaving them untouchable.

With this result, Marc has become the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier-class since Repsol Honda’s Mick Doohan in 1995. Repsol Honda riders have now won the last nine MotoGP races in the USA. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.

Marc Marquez

"I'm very happy! I got a really good start, but when I saw Jorge overtake me off the line at first I was a little worried, but then I saw that he had jumped the start. It was a different race to previous ones because I led from start to finish; although it might seem easier that way, it is tough because you have to maintain concentration. It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence, although we are aware that the coming races will be different. I know that the race was a little boring for the fans, but sometimes these types of races are good for a rider. Let's hope that the next one is more exciting!"

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a tough race as Marc was that little faster than me and although I tried to improve with every corner, it was too difficult to gain ground on him and the distance between us increased with every lap. In the end, he was too far away from me. I didn't have anyone behind me either, so I just kept up my pace as best I could. I learnt a few things in this race and we will try to apply them and make the maximum improvement possible, in order to be able to put up more of a fight next time."

MotoGP 2014
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 43'33.430
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.124
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +20.976
4 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 13 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +22.790
5 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +22.963
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +26.567
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 9 Pramac Racing Ducati +28.257
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 8 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +45.519
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +47.605
10 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 6 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +49.111
12 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 4 Aspar Team Honda +1'03.954
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 3 Pramac Racing Ducati +1'07.333
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 AB Motoracing Honda +1'27.972
15 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati +1'32.376
16 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'32.543
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo IodaRacing Team ART +1'39.176
18 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Avintia +1'51.962
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda DNF
20 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha DNF
21 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
22 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda DNF
23 Parkes Broc 23 AUS 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 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)