An Americas GP masterclass was put on by Marc Marquez as he carved through the field, overcoming a problem at the start to show what he and the Honda RC213V are capable of. Pol Espargaro dug deep to conquer illness and net more points.

The King of COTA may not have walked away with another crown, but a heroic recovery after problems on the start line showed that Marc Marquez has lost none of his speed or talent – especially in Texas. A technical problem at the start, which Honda HRC are investigating, saw Marquez drop back from ninth on the grid. Arriving last into Turn One, the seven-time Americas GP winner put the start behind and began his comeback through the field with unrelenting efficiency. By the end of the first lap the #93 had already made up six places and would continue with the laptimes of the race leaders.

As the race entered its second half, Marquez continued to increase his pace, improving on the fastest lap of the race on multiple occasions as he reeled in the likes of Quartararo, Martin and Bagnaia. Firmly inside the top ten, the Repsol Honda Team rider spent the closing laps fending off a ferocious Fabio Quartararo who launched a late counterattack.

Welcomed back to the garage with a round of applause by the team, Marquez’s champion spirit shone through as he was left wanting more from a race which promised so much. Sixth place moves Marquez to 13th in the championship points table, 40 points behind World Championship leader and Americas GP race winner Enea Bastianini. Although sixth left him unfufilled, Marquez leaves America with renewed and refreshed confidence upon his return from injury.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Pol Espargaro’s incredible physical effort was rewarded with a handful of points for 13th place. Battling against illness throughout the weekend, Espargaro used all of his remaining energy and effort to finish the race. A promising start had the #44 well placed in the top ten after another lightning launch aboard the RC213V. Doing all he could to maintain his position, Espargaro put together an overall consistent race to collect valuable points before the paddock returns to Europe. With 23 points, Espargaro is 11th in the championship.

The MotoGP World Championship now prepares for its return to Europe, the Portimao circuit in Portugal starting the calendar’s European tour.

Marc Marquez

6th

“On one hand I am disappointed because it is clear we had the speed today and I was able to enjoy the race a lot, coming through from the back, but 25 points were possible today. We had a technical problem at the start, but it resolved itself and the bike was working well after that – even if I was last. I recovered many positions and had a great race despite some mistakes, which is normal when you are recovering like this. We can see the speed is there and we can walk away from here with a lot of confidence which is important. At the end we had a really nice battle with Fabio but when the race finished, I was destroyed, from that first lap I was giving everything I had on track to recover and finally finish in sixth. Another exciting race in Texas.”

Pol Espargaro

13th

“Physically, this was maybe the hardest MotoGP race of my life. With about ten laps remaining I was honestly thinking about retiring from the race because I was feeling so weak. But I saw that we were in the points and I wanted to do it for the team. I was slow and the fast changes of direction were almost impossible. I am finished, I am exhausted. Now we can go home and recover and prepare for the races in Europe. The bike’s potential is much higher than what we have shown and where we are in the standings.”

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Race Round 4   Americas

Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Race Results

Dry
Humidity
57%
Track Temp
37°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 25 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 41'23.111
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.058
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS 16 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 2.312
4 Mir Joan 36 SPA 13 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 3.975
5 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA 11 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 6.045
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda 6.617
7 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 9 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 6.760
8 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 8 Pramac Racing Ducati 8.441
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 7 Pramac Racing Ducati 12.375
10 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 12.642
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 12.947
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 13.376
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda 17.961
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 18.770
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 1 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 29.319
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 29.129
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 29.630
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 32.002
19 Fernandez Raul SPA 0 37.062
20 Gardner Remy AUS 0 42.442
21 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 42.887
22 Binder Darryn 40 RSA 0 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1'42.171
23 Marquez Alex 73 SPA DNF LCR Honda Honda DNF
24 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA DNF Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati DNF
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 61 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA 56 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 50 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
4 Mir Joan 36 SPA 46 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 44 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA 42 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 31 Pramac Racing Ducati
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 31 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
9 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 28 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 28 Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 23 Repsol Honda Team Honda
12 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA 23 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
13 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 21 Repsol Honda Team Honda
14 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 19 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 12 LCR Honda Honda
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA 10 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
18 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA 7 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
19 Binder Darryn 40 RSA 6 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
20 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 4 LCR Honda Honda
21 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 3 WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha
22 Gardner Remy AUS 1
23 Fernandez Raul SPA 0
24 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
25 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 HRC Test Team Honda
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 01.892s (162.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnai (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 2m 03.126s (161.1 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)
Race Time 41m 14.649s (160.4 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)
2023 Sprint Winner Francesco Bagnai (Ducati)
2023 Race Winner Alex Rins (Honda)