Marc Marquez didn’t just win his fourth-straight MotoGP™ Grand Prix of the Americas (although a feat on its own), he annihilated every single other rider on the circuit. Marquez hit the ground running in Austin and was unstoppable, dominating all 21 laps he took the checkered flag six seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, with Andrea Iannone rounding out the podium in third.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez grabbed an early lead Sunday and coasted to a fourth straight win at the Grand Prix of the Americas, ruthlessly dispatching any riders who thought they could challenge his supremacy in a state and country where he’s never lost in MotoGP.
KING of COTA™
The Spaniard went into the race with a perfect record on American soil; winning every MotoGP race he had started in the United States. Marquez’ 26th victory extended his winning streak in the U.S. to eight races since 2013. His only problem in America may be figuring out what to do with his expanding collection of black cowboy hats given to the Texas winner.
“I love Austin, the people, American style,” Marquez said before his champagne podium celebration. Marquez seems to grow more dominant every time he races here. Sunday’s 6-second margin was his biggest yet and came against a field that after qualifying thought it finally had the pace to catch him.
While Marquez was quietly confident, there were a number of riders who were looking to return to the front once more. Any hopes of that faded quickly. A slippery track caused several crashes and once Marquez was safely in the lead, the riders who were still upright figured it was best to just make it home safely.
The One Who Didn’t Finish
For Valentino Rossi, Sunday’s race was a completely different story. Rossi made a good start along his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, but as the reigning champion dove to the inside of Marquez at the first corner, he ran wide and opened the door for his front-row rivals to cut back and pass him. Rossi’s race would last just two more laps though. The run down to turn two is quickened by the downhill slope from the hairpin at turn one, but Rossi didn't expect to lose the front of his Yamaha as he exited the right-hander yet – that’s exactly what happened to eliminate him from the running.
Valentino Rossi revealed he suffered clutch problems before crashing out of the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday. Valentino Rossi crashed out of his first race since Aragon in 2014 with a front-end loss through Turn 2 on just the third lap, ending a streak of 24 consecutive race finishes, all of which were in the top five. It was Rossi's first retirement since September 2014 at the Aragon Grand Prix and the Italian said he was suffering mechanicals problems before crashing out on Sunday. "Unfortunately I burned the clutch at the start, and I had a lot of problems in the first two laps, because the clutch slipped a lot, so I have to say half throttle on the straight – so everyone overtook me." The retirement meant Rossi slipped down to third in the championship standings, 33 points behind leader Marc Marquez and 12 behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
Shaking Up the Standings
Where our MotoGP drivers currently stand on the leaderboard is enough to have all of the teams concerned. However, this is what every MotoGP fan loves and hates about the sport. The quick ever-changing standings bring an excitement that never dwindles.
While Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have claimed the first and second slots on the leaderboard with a significant lead, nothing is set in stone with so many more races left on the calendar. Every rider after Lorenzo (No. 2) is only separated by +/- 2 points. Pol Espargaro, Dani Pedrosa, and Andre Dovizioso are all very capable of pulling a podium finish, especially if mistakes like Rossi’s continue to happen.
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