MotoGP Austin, USA - Race Results
Marquez marches to fourth Austin win as Rossi crashes out safe, Lorenzo in second with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) hot on his tail. Tags: MotoGP, , RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS.come
Valentino Rossi fell early in the race, possibly due to a technical problem, while Andrea Dovizioso was taken out of a podium place for the second race in a row - this time by Dani Pedrosa , who lost control under braking. Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith fell at the same turn, just seconds apart. Both rejoined. Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was again replacing the injured Danilo Petrucci - Iannone had a three-place grid penalty from Argentina, while Jack Miller withdrew due to a foot injury on Friday Maverick Vi? Engines must be identical throughout season within same team development freeze. No engine development freeze.
Rossi had been running second behind Marc Marquez, but when the Honda rider crashed out of a comfortable lead on lap nine , the Italian inherited the lead and seemed well-placed for a first race win since the Dutch TT. Rossi tried to fight back, but ran wide at Turn 12, and was never able to get close enough to Rins again to make another bid to retake the advantage, ultimately settling for second. I beat Valentino, this is unbelievable for me, he was my idol when I was very young. He added: "For sure when we did the pre-season, I believed we could win a race. We have a strong bike. In Qatar the victory was very close, in Argentina we started very from the back. We tried a different set-up and it was worse, and for the race we came back to the standard set-up, and it was incredible.
Rossi: Rins was “better than me” in Austin showdown
Austin MotoGP Dominated by Honda Marc Marquez Honda's Marc Marquez took the lead, followed by Lorenzo and Rossi. Dovizioso.
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Marc Marquez took little notice of a number of falls behind, cruising to a fourth win in Texas ahead of Lorenzo and Iannone. While Marquez was quietly confident, there were a number of riders who were looking to return to the front once more. Andrea Iannone Ducati Team was another ready to make an impact, having qualified fourth; he started in seventh after his penalty from the Argentina GP. All of the factory Yamaha and Ducati riders opted for medium tyres front and rear while pole-man Marquez chose the soft front with medium rear. The Circuit of the Americas has always been a challenging circuit for tyres and all who lined up knew that their choice on the grid would make a significant difference. Roaring off the line, Lorenzo grabbed the lead into Turn 1 but ran wide on exit, allowing Marquez to move ahead. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team also made a good start and used the power of the Ducati to slide into second down the back straight.