Marc Marquez has completed the perfect weekend in Austin, having led every session, taken pole (with a new lap record), recorded a new fastest race lap and crowned it with a victory this afternoon. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, also contributed to the fantastic Repsol Honda spectacle with a strong second place 16.8 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dovizioso.
Starting on pole for the 11th time in just 20 MotoGP starts Marc, as last season, was once again the only rider to choose the hard rear Bridgestone tyre. He had his best start in the premier class, only beaten in the first corner by Lorenzo who made an uncharacteristic jump start – forcing him into the pit lane for a drive through penalty – and promoting Marc back up to first by the end of the first lap.
Once out in front, he never looked back. He set a new race lap record on lap three with a time of 2’03.575 (beating his time of 2’04.242 in 2013) and went on to win the race comfortably, apart from a final corner scare on the last lap when he briefly lost concentration, and finished four seconds in front of his teammate. Dani, starting from second on the grid, was also unfazed by Lorenzo’s mistake and slipped in behind Marc as the Repsol Honda duo ran away from the race leaving them untouchable.
With this result, Marc has become the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier-class since Repsol Honda’s Mick Doohan in 1995. Repsol Honda riders have now won the last nine MotoGP races in the USA. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||43'33.430|
|2||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+4.124|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||04||ITA||16||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+20.976|
|4||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||13||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||+22.790|
|5||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||11||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+22.963|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||10||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||+26.567|
|7||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||9||Pramac Racing||Ducati||+28.257|
|8||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||8||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+45.519|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||7||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||+47.605|
|10||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||6||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+49.111|
|12||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||4||Aspar Team||Honda||+1'03.954|
|13||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||3||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||+1'07.333|
|14||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||2||AB Motoracing||Honda||+1'27.972|
|15||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||1||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||+1'32.376|
|16||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||+1'32.543|
|17||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Octo IodaRacing Team||ART||+1'39.176|
|18||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||0||Avintia Racing||Avintia||+1'51.962|
|19||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||DNF|
|20||Edwards Colin||5||USA||0||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||DNF|
|21||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||DNF|
|23||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||0||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||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)|