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.
Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Race Results
|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||25||SPA||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||37.062|
|20||Gardner Remy||87||AUS||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||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||0||LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|24||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||0||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||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)|