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Thread: MotoGP: Marc Marquez still unconquered at the Grand Prix of the Americas

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    Default MotoGP: Marc Marquez still unconquered at the Grand Prix of the Americas

    Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continues his unbeaten streak at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Competing in his 93rd MotoGP race, the Spaniard rode his RC213V to his sixth straight win at the COTA. Marc Marquez has been unbeatable at the circuit since it was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2013.

    On Saturday Marc Marquez took his sixth pole out of the six GPs held at the COTA. This was his first pole this season. But he started from fourth place on the grid on Sunday after being sanctioned and given a three-place grid penalty. A turn 13 crash on his second lap forced Marquez to rush back to the pit and jump on his second bike to defend his provisional pole. He managed that but didn’t realize that Maverick Vinales was coming fast behind him and found himself in the way. This was the reason for the penalty. Dani Pedrosa pushed himself to the limit to grab an impressive third-row start, with the ninth-fastest lap time. He is still recovering from the surgery he underwent less than two weeks ago.


    After grabbing the pole on Saturday, Repsol Honda’s Marquez said, “Basically, today was good for us, as we were the fastest in qualifying and, most importantly, were able to keep a good race pace in FP3 and FP4. Of course qualifying was a bit hectic. I crashed and had to take my second bike for the second run. Then I went out, and unfortunately I didn’t expect Maverick to arrive behind me because I was focused on Andrea (Lannone), who was waiting ahead and who I knew could be very fast. I apologized to Maverick but I didn’t realize he was behind me until I heard his engine. So tomorrow I’ll start from fourth. It will be important to choose the right tyre; we’ve worked a lot on used tyres and I was able to be consistent during the practices, but this track is quite physically demanding and tomorrow the temperature should be higher, so we’ll see. We’ll try and remain fully concentrated.”



    Marc’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa said, “Of course I’m quite satisfied because I honestly didn't expect to be able to ride, as this track is very hard. I was able to qualify directly to Q2, so I was already super-happy at that point. This morning I had to make a big effort, and I felt more pain compared to yesterday. I was expecting rain today, which would have let me have a little bit less stress on the hand so that I could recover more easily for tomorrow. But unfortunately, it was dry, and I had to go. My position wasn't so bad at one point in qualifying, but I wasn't able to improve, so I lost some positions. Anyway, I’m more than surprised just to be riding. For tomorrow, we’ll see if we can get some help from the medicines and see if this will let me give more effort, because the race is long.”

    Qualifying Classification:

    Pos. Rider Num Team Time

    1. MARQUEZ Marc 93 Repsol Honda Team 2'03.658
    2. VINALES Maverick 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.406
    3. IANNONE Andre 29 Team Suzuki Ecstar +0.551
    4. ZARCO Johann 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +0.552
    5. ROSSI Valentino 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.571


    In Sunday’s race, Marc Marquez blitzed to his sixth straight win in the Grand Prix of the Americas. With his first win of 2018, he stands second in the World Championship Classification with 45 points. Now he is just one point behind Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa was impressive as well as he put in a great effort to earn the 7th place. This was a great finish for Pedrosa considering he is still recovering from the surgery he went through. Dani sits at the 11th place with 18 points in the World Championship Classification.



    After winning Sunday’s race Marc Marquez said, “This weekend I really gave it my all. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to remain perfect here at Austin. I don't think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap. Today I felt that this was the right way and was able to do it, in part because my bike’s setup helped me a lot, so thanks to everyone in my garage as they’ve worked really well and hard. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn’t feel I had perfect energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway - a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that. Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. Even in the warm-up, I tried to simulate the first laps of the race, going out on new tyres and with a full tank. That was in the plan. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. So in the first three or four laps, I pushed a bit more than usual, and then I managed the advantage. Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.”



    Dani Pedrosa,
    who also had a great race on Sunday said, “I’m more than satisfied with having been able to finish this race and get some good points, and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me in these days, as well as all the fans for the support they gave me. Honestly, before coming here I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do the practices. It was a tough weekend, especially at this track; in some other circuits you might handle the situation a little better with a bit less effort, but this one is super-physical. I wasn't able to enjoy the race like I usually do, even though I took some painkillers that eased the pain a little. That allowed me to focus a bit more, though I don’t have much strength. I had a decent start and tried to stick with the guys in front as much as possible. In the end I struggled to control my bike, but I managed and I’m happy with the outcome. Now we have some more days to try and recover as much as possible before Jerez. It’s a track I like, so we’ll see how much better I’ll feel.”


    Qualifying Classification:


    Pos. Rider Num Points Team Time

    1. MARQUEZ Marc 93 25 Repsol Honda Team 41'52.002
    2. VINALES Maverick 25 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.560
    3. IANNONE Andrea 29 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar +6.704
    4. ROSSI Valentino 46 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +9.587
    5. DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 11 Ducati Team +13.570

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    Default Re: MotoGP: Marc Marquez still unconquered at the Grand Prix of the Americas

    Nice, albeit boring race.
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