Repsol Honda Team leave difficult Austin weekend ready for European return
Both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo leave the Americas GP pointless after a double DNF while fighting at the front.
A chilly, but dry, morning Warm Up session soon gave way to 39ºC track temperature as the MotoGP World Championship lined up for the 20-lap race. Leaving his braking late, pole-setter Marc Marquez led into and through Turn 1, steadily building his lead each lap. An error into Turn 12 on Lap 9 caused Marquez to lose the front of his RC213V, unable to restart his machine he was forced to retire. Marquez was unharmed in the fall.
Starting 11th, Jorge Lorenzo did his best to maintain his position in the opening laps. Lap 5 saw Lorenzo find his rhythm and commence his march forward, quickly making up several positions. Looking comfortable on his RC213V in tenth, Lorenzo was closing in on Bagnaia in ninth when he encountered a problem and was forced to retire. The issue was unrelated to the one suffered by Lorenzo on Saturday and HRC are investigating the issue.
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the iconic Jerez circuit, May 3 – 5, offers the Repsol Honda Team a chance to return to fighting at the front. Marquez and Lorenzo have taken 14 premier class podiums, including five wins, between them on their previous visits to the Spanish track.
“We have had six amazing years here but today I made a big mistake. When I arrived in the garage I said sorry to the team and now I’d like to say sorry to the fans because it was my mistake. It’s different to make a mistake fighting for fifth and fighting for the win, the level is there. We’re only nine points off the lead. It’s true, we made a mistake but we are human and this can happen. We need to learn from it and understand and come back stronger in Jerez.”
“It has been a difficult weekend with the weather and everything. I didn’t get the best start but I was able to recover and then I started to make up some positions. Sadly we had an issue with the bike and I was forced to retire from the race. It was a different issue to yesterday. The positive is that in the race I was feeling quite good at a circuit where normally I have difficulty. Now we look to Jerez, a circuit I like and where we will hopefully be able to be stronger.”
Americas Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Rins Alex||42||SPA||25||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||41'45.499|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||20||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.462|
|3||Miller Jack||43||AUS||16||Pramac Racing||Ducati||8.454|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||13||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||9.420|
|5||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||11||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||18.021|
|6||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||10||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||21.476|
|7||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||9||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||26.111|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||8||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||29.743|
|9||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||7||Pramac Racing||Ducati||30.608|
|10||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||6||LCR Honda||Honda||31.011|
|11||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||5||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||34.077|
|12||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||4||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||34.779|
|13||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||3||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||42.458|
|14||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||2||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||44.272|
|15||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||1||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||44.623|
|16||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||44.740|
|17||Mir Joan||36||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||48.063|
|18||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1'07.683|
|19||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|20||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||DNF|
|21||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||DNF|
|22||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||DNF|
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|
|Longest straight||1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles|
|Modified||2018 (track repairs to the surface to smooth down bumps)|
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||2m 02.039s (162.6 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||2m 03.521s (160.6 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Time||41m 23.11s (159.8 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|