Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has returned to winning form in the Red Bull GP of The Americas with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama – replacing Dani Pedrosa – fighting to the last lap to take 11th place.
Pole man Marc dropped back briefly from the start to 2nd place behind Dovizioso whilst Hiroshi got caught up and found himself 20th, from 16th on the grid. By lap five, Hiro had climbed to 13th and after a brief battle with Dovizioso, Marc took first place.
With Rossi and Iannone fighting with Dovizioso, Marc never looked back and led from the front for the remainder of the race – taking his 20th victory in the MotoGP class. Hiroshi progressed further and reached 11th place, which he briefly lost on the final lap, but showed a fighting spirit and re-passed Barbera taking 11th.
Marc has won on all six occasions that he has raced in the MotoGP class in the USA, and Honda celebrate their 11th consecutive win on American soil. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.
Now the team must pack up and head straight to Argentina for the third round of 2015.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||43'47.150|
|2||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||20||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+2.354|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||16||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+3.120|
|4||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||13||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+6.682|
|5||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||11||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+7.584|
|6||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+10.557|
|7||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||9||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||+16.967|
|8||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+19.025|
|9||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||7||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||+38.570|
|10||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+41.796|
|11||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||5||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+47.199|
|12||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||4||Avintia Racing||Ducati||+47.339|
|14||Miller Jack||43||AUS||2||LCR Honda||Honda||+56.731|
|15||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||1||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+57.372|
|16||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||0||Aspar Team||Honda||+58.898|
|17||Baz Loris||76||FRA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+1'08.787|
|18||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||0||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||+1'22.236|
|19||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||AB Motoracing||Honda||DNF|
|20||Melandri Marco||33||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||DNF|
|21||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|23||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||DNF|
|24||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||DNF|
|25||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||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 02.135s (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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|