Marc Marquez was unstoppable in Texas as his incredible race pace saw him break away to take his second win of the 2021 season and take the Repsol Honda Team’s 450th premier class podium.
Long gone were the hints of rain that had hindered the start of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the sun shining as the American national anthem echoed along the main straight before the 20-lap MotoGP race.
When the lights went out, Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team RC213V rocketed forward to lead the field out of Turn One. From here there was no looking back as the eight-time World Champion set an unmatchable pace over the following 20 laps. From lap five to lap 15, Marquez never went slower than a 2’04.9 to open up a gap of over four seconds to Fabio Quartararo. There was simply no stopping Marquez on Sunday in Austin as he claimed his seventh win at the circuit.
Marquez’s second win of 2021 also brings with it the 450th podium for the Repsol Honda Team since 1995 in the premier class. With 98 podiums in the iconic Repsol Honda Team colours, Marquez is the second most successful rider in terms of podium finishes for the team behind Dani Pedrosa with 112 top three finishes. This brings the #93’s personal win tally to 58 in the premier class and moves him to seventh in the World Championship standings with 117 points.
From 12th on the grid, Pol Espargaro was able to gain a handful of positions off the line and move into the group battling for the top ten. Espargaro fought well in the early laps to find himself clear space on track and set a steady pace to avoid any problems around the bumpy COTA track. With falls around him, Espargaro earned tenth place for his efforts in the Americas GP and the additional six World Championship points move him level with Nakagami in the overall standings.
The entire Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a brief moment of rest after three races, and a test, in the last four weekends. Action resumes back at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on October 22 for round 16 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship season.
Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||25||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||41'41.435|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||20||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||4.679|
|3||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||16||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||8.547|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||11.098|
|5||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||11||Pramac Racing||Ducati||11.752|
|6||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||10||Avintia Esponsorama||Ducati||13.269|
|7||Miller Jack||43||AUS||9||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||14.722|
|8||Mir Joan||36||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||13.406|
|9||Binder Brad||33||RSA||7||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||15.832|
|10||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||6||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||20.265|
|11||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||5||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||23.055|
|12||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||4||LCR Honda||Honda||24.743|
|13||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||3||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||25.307|
|14||Marini Luca||10||ITA||2||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||26.853|
|15||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||1||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||28.055|
|16||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||30.989|
|17||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||35.251|
|18||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||42.239|
|19||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||49.854|
|20||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||DNF|
|21||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||0||Pramac Racing||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 02.135s (162.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Lap||2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)|
|Race Time||41m 41.435s (158.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|