Sunday, April 13, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Wins 2nd Race of Season, Pedrosa Takes 2nd at MotoGP Round 2 in Austin

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Grand Prix of The Americas

Round 2 - Sunday, April 13th 2014

  Americas - Race Report

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Repsol Honda dominate in Texas with perfect weekend for Marquez

Repsol Honda dominate in Texas with perfect weekend for Marquez

Marc Marquez has completed the perfect weekend in Austin, having led every session, taken pole (with a new lap record), recorded a new fastest race lap and crowned it with a victory this afternoon. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, also contributed to the fantastic Repsol Honda spectacle with a strong second place 16.8 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dovizioso.
Starting on pole for the 11th time in just 20 MotoGP starts Marc, as last season, was once again the only rider to choose the hard rear Bridgestone tyre. He had his best start in the premier class, only beaten in the first corner by Lorenzo who made an uncharacteristic jump start – forcing him into the pit lane for a drive through penalty – and promoting Marc back up to first by the end of the first lap.
Once out in front, he never looked back. He set a new race lap record on lap three with a time of 2’03.575 (beating his time of 2’04.242 in 2013) and went on to win the race comfortably, apart from a final corner scare on the last lap when he briefly lost concentration, and finished four seconds in front of his teammate. Dani, starting from second on the grid, was also unfazed by Lorenzo’s mistake and slipped in behind Marc as the Repsol Honda duo ran away from the race leaving them untouchable.
With this result, Marc has become the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier-class since Repsol Honda’s Mick Doohan in 1995. Repsol Honda riders have now won the last nine MotoGP races in the USA. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 50 points
"I'm very happy! I got a really good start, but when I saw Jorge overtake me off the line at first I was a little worried, but then I saw that he had jumped the start. It was a different race to previous ones because I led from start to finish; although it might seem easier that way, it is tough because you have to maintain concentration. It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence, although we are aware that the coming races will be different. I know that the race was a little boring for the fans, but sometimes these types of races are good for a rider. Let's hope that the next one is more exciting!”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
2nd - Championship Standing: 2nd - 36 points
"It was a tough race as Marc was that little faster than me and although I tried to improve with every corner, it was too difficult to gain ground on him and the distance between us increased with every lap. In the end, he was too far away from me. I didn't have anyone behind me either, so I just kept up my pace as best I could. I learnt a few things in this race and we will try to apply them and make the maximum improvement possible, in order to be able to put up more of a fight next time”

race results

  Grand Prix of The Americas - Round 2
1Marc Marquez93ESP25Repsol Honda TeamHONDA43'33.430
2Dani Pedrosa26ESP20Repsol Honda TeamHONDA+4.124
3Andrea Dovizioso4ITA16Ducati TeamDUCATI+20.976
4Stefan Bradl6GER13LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA+22.790
5Bradley Smith38GBR11Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+22.963
6Pol Espargaro44ESP10Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA+26.567
7Andrea Iannone29ITA9Pramac RacingDUCATI+28.257
8Valentino Rossi46ITA8Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA+45.519
9Aleix Espargaro41ESP7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA+47.605
10Jorge Lorenzo99ESP6Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA+49.111
11Nicky Hayden69USA5Drive M7 AsparHONDA+1'00.735
12Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN4Drive M7 AsparHONDA+1'03.954
13Yonny Hernandez68COL3Pramac RacingDUCATI+1'07.333
14Karel Abraham17CZE2Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA+1'27.972
15Hector Barbera8ESP1Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'32.376
16Michael Laverty70GBR Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM+1'32.543
17Danilo Petrucci9ITA IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER+1'39.176
18Mike Di Meglio63FRA Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI+1'51.962
19Scott Redding45GBR Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDADNF
20Colin Edwards5USA NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHADNF
21Cal Crutchlow35GBR Ducati TeamDUCATIDNF
22Alvaro Bautista19ESP Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDADNF
23Broc Parkes23AUS Paul Bird MotorsportPBMDNF

Rider standings

Sunday, April 13th 2014
1Marc Marquez93ESP50Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
2Dani Pedrosa26ESP36Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
3Valentino Rossi46ITA28Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA
4Andrea Dovizioso4ITA27Ducati TeamDUCATI
5Aleix Espargaro41ESP20NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
6Andrea Iannone29ITA15Pramac RacingDUCATI
7Stefan Bradl6GER13LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA
8Nicky Hayden69USA13Drive M7 AsparHONDA
9Bradley Smith38GBR11Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
10Cal Crutchlow35GBR10Ducati TeamDUCATI
11Pol Espargaro44ESP10Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
12Scott Redding45GBR9Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
13Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN9Drive M7 AsparHONDA
14Yonny Hernandez68COL7Pramac RacingDUCATI
15Colin Edwards5USA7NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
16Jorge Lorenzo99ESP6Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA
17Karel Abraham17CZE5Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA
18Danilo Petrucci9ITA2IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER
19Hector Barbera8ESP1Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
20Broc Parkes23AUS1Paul Bird MotorsportPBM
21Alvaro Bautista19ESP0Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
22Mike Di Meglio63FRA0Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
23Michael Laverty70GBR0Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM

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Circuit Information

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Length5.513 m / 3.426 miles
Left corners11
Right corners9
Longest straight1.200 m / 0.746 miles
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
Austin, TX 78617
Pole Position2m 02.773s (161.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap2m 03.575s (160.6 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time43m 33.430s (159.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
2013 Race WinnerMarc Marquez (Honda)
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3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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