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Marc Marquez made it two wins from two races at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The 21 year old dominated the race from the start of the second lap ahead fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.

The reigning champion Marc Marquez started from pole position ahead of Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa and German Stefan Bradl. The second row saw Movistar Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi take fifth and sixth position respectively, and the British pairing of Ducati man Cal Crutchlow and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 man Bradley qualify in seventh and eighth. Northern Irishman Michael Laverty started from the back and Scott Redding started on the fifth row.

Former two time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo finished the first lap in first position but this was because he jumped the gun and started before the lights went out. He eventually worked his way through the field and finished in the points in 10th position. This season hasn’t been what Lorenzo would have expected as already after two weeks, he only has six points to his name after a shock crash in Qatar and his 10th position in Texas.

His partner Valentino Rossi didn’t have a great start but went to fourth after passing Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow. But he couldn’t quite get close to Andrea Iannone and eventually tailed off into eighth, after being overtaken by Bradl, Dovizioso, Brit Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.

It wasn’t a good day for Cal Crutchlow who had troubles with his Ducati and was seen punching the tank as a number of riders went past him. His day turned even worse when he went down off of turn two and it looked a bad one. The Ducati could be out injured with a broken hand as he was taken away from the track on a stretcher by the medics.

It was a good day for one of the British riders on the field as Bradley Smith stayed strong and performed hard to finish in fifth. He did make it into fourth position after overtaking Stefan Bradl but the man on the number six bike Bradl took his position back to finish in fourth. Bradl himself embarked in a battle with the man who eventually finished third, Ducati rider Andrea Doivizioso. These three men overtook Andrea Iannone, who ended up finishing in seventh place, and as Bradl and Smith battled with one another, the Italian Dovizioso got the opportunity to get some space and it took his chance fantastically. It was the Italian’s first podium finish since the 2012 season as he and his Ducati struggled throughout 2013. 

One of the home favourites Colin Edwards announced his retirement at the end of the season after nearly two decades in World Superbike and MotoGP. But the 40 year old Texan couldn’t get any points in his last race in his homeland as he failed to finish the race.

Marquez will hoping to continue his momentum in Argentina for the third round of the MotoGP series in two weeks time.

Full Race Results;

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.4 43’33.430
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 159.2 +4.124
3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 158.2 +20.976
4 13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 158.0 +22.790
5 11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 158.0 +22.963
6 10 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 157.8 +26.567
7 9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 157.7 +28.257
8 8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 156.7 +45.519
9 7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 156.6 +47.605
10 6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 156.5 +49.111
11 5 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 155.8 +1’00.735
12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 155.6 +1’03.954
13 3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 155.4 +1’07.333
14 2 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 154.2 +1’27.972
15 1 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 154.0 +1’32.376
16 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 154.0 +1’32.543
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA IodaRacing Project ART 153.6 +1’39.176
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 152.9 +1’51.962
Not Classified
45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 155.2 2 Laps
5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 154.9 4 Laps
35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 152.4 9 Laps
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 158.3 12 Laps
23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 151.3 13 Laps

(Courtesy of motogp.com)

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