Competing in his 93rd MotoGP race, Marc Marquez rode the RC213V to his sixth straight win of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP, the Spaniard having been unbeatable at COTA since the circuit was added to the calendar in 2013. It was also Marc’s 12th consecutive victory on U.S. asphalt, an amazing statistic.

Also impressive today was Marc’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who is recovering from the surgery he underwent less than two weeks ago, and who put in an incredible effort to earn seventh place.

With his first win of 2018, Marc now stands second in the World Championship Classification with 45 points, just one point down on Andrea Dovizioso. Dani sits in 11th place with 18 points.

Now the MotoGP field will transfer back to Europe for the Continental phase of the season, starting at Jerez, Spain, on 6 May.

Marc Marquez

1st

“This weekend I really gave it my all. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to remain perfect here at Austin. I don't think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap. Today I felt that this was the right way and was able to do it, in part because my bike’s setup helped me a lot, so thanks to everyone in my garage as they’ve worked really well and hard. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn’t feel I had perfect energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway - a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that. Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. Even in the warm-up, I tried to simulate the first laps of the race, going out on new tyres and with a full tank. That was in the plan. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. So in the first three or four laps, I pushed a bit more than usual, and then I managed the advantage. Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th

“I’m more than satisfied with having been able to finish this race and get some good points, and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me in these days, as well as all the fans for the support they gave me. Honestly, before coming here I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do the practices. It was a tough weekend, especially at this track; in some other circuits you might handle the situation a little better with a bit less effort, but this one is super-physical. I wasn't able to enjoy the race like I usually do, even though I took some painkillers that eased the pain a little. That allowed me to focus a bit more, though I don’t have much strength. I had a decent start and tried to stick with the guys in front as much as possible. In the end I struggled to control my bike, but I managed and I’m happy with the outcome. Now we have some more days to try and recover as much as possible before Jerez. It’s a track I like, so we’ll see how much better I’ll feel.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 3   Americas

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
35%
Track Temp
45°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'52.002
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 3.560
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 6.704
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 9.587
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati 13.570
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 14.231
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 18.201
8 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 8 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 28.537
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 28.671
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 28.875
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team Ducati 31.355
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 4 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 34.993
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 37.264
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 39.335
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 1 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 40.887
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 48.475
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 49.995
18 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 51.115
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda 59.055
20 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 59.747
21 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'00.513
22 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 10 laps
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 12 laps
24 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 12 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
Modified 2018 (track repairs to the surface to smooth down bumps)

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)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)