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Grand Prix of The Americas
Race Ended
Circuit of the Americas - 23rd April
Fastest Lap - M.Marquez 2:04.899
 
Rider Team Time FLs
PTS
1 1
  M.Marquez
Repsol Honda Team 43:58.770 4 25
3 2
  V.Rossi
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.069 0 20
4 3
  D.Pedrosa
Repsol Honda Team +5.112 2 16
9 4
  C.Crutchlow
LCR Honda +7.638 0 13
5 5
  J.Zarco
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +7.957 1 11
7 6
  A.Dovizioso
Ducati Team +14.058 0 10
11 7
  A.Iannone
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +15.491 0 9
13 8
  D.Petrucci
OCTO Pramac Racing +16.772 0 8
6 9
  J.Lorenzo
Ducati Team +17.979 0 7
12 10
  J.Miller
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +18.494 0 6
8 11
  J.Folger
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +18.903 0 5
10 12
  S.Redding
OCTO Pramac Racing +28.735 0 4
16 13
  T.Rabat
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +30.041 0 3
15 14
  H.Barbera
Reale Avintia Racing +31.364 0 2
19 15
  A.Bautista
Pull and Bear Aspar Team +66.547 0 1
18 16
  B.Smith
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +82.090 0 0
22 17
  A.Espargaro
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +2 Laps 0 0
20 -
  S.Lowes
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Crashed Out 0 0
21 -
  P.Espargaro
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Retired 0 0
14 -
  L.Baz
Reale Avintia Racing Crashed Out 0 0
17 -
  K.Abraham
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Crashed Out 0 0
2 -
  M.Vinales
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Crashed Out 0 0
Live Commentary
Summary: After a rocky start to the season, Marquez set the record straight with a convincing win at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Instead, it was the cool and unflappable winner of the opening two rounds, Vinales, who crashed out early, leaving Rossi to bring home second place for Yamaha while Pedrosa rounded out the podium in third.

Crutchlow wrestled fourth place away from Zarco with a couple of laps to go. Dovizioso was sixth, ahead of ex-teammate Iannone. Petrucci finished eighth, ahead of Lorenzo, who possibly rued his decision to start on the Soft tyres. Miller rounded out the top-10.

With his second place finish, Rossi is the new championship leader.

Join us here again in two weeks' time for the Spanish Grand Prix from Jerez.
Lap 21: Marquez starts out on the final lap with a handy 4 second lead over Rossi. MARQUEZ WINS. With that, he remains undefeated on US soil. Rossi finishes in P2 and takes the championship lead. Despite crashing out earlier, a spate of retirements through the field nets Bautista a points scoring finish in P15.
Lap 20: Crutchlow outbrakes Zarco for P4 but Zarco retakes it before relinquishing it back again. Pedrosa gets the pitboard message about Rossi's 0.3 second penalty but it is inconsequential now as Rossi has already left him by over two seconds.
Lap 19: Pedrosa and Rossi are both hard on the brakes coming into Turn 12. Pedrosa still does not know of Rossi's impending 0.3 second time penalty. Rossi throws it inside Pedrosa in Turn 14 and takes P2. Now can he gap Pedrosa by over 0.3 seconds to make it count??
Lap 18: Zarco, who has long lost touch with Rossi, is now having to fend off a feisty Crutchlow for P5. Crutchlow is on the more durable Hard compound while Zarco is on the Medium.
Lap 17: Lorenzo is possibly, starting to struggle now on his Soft tyres, as Iannone, Mller and Folger can sense blood. Rossi is sizing up Pedrosa for a pass but remember, he will have a 0.3 second time added to his finish so he will not keep that position if Pedrosa finishes less than 0.3 seconds behind him.
Lap 16: Marquez is pouring it on now, setting a new fastest lap and the first in the 2 minute 4 second bracket. He is leaving Pedrosa trailing behind into the clutches of Rossi.
Lap 15: Crutchlow runs wide in Turn 12. He is able to hang on to P5. Aleix Espargaro rejoins the track in P17, hoping to salvage a result for Aprilia.
Lap 14: After Aleix Espargaro's tyre wear problems, Lowes has crashed at Turn 13, making it another double disappointment for Aprilia. Perhaps it is time to have a second go at the drawing board.
Lap 13: Pedrosa outbrakes Marquez in Turn 12 but he drags the binders too long and runs wide, letting Marquez slip back past. We learn Aleix's retirement was due to severe wear on the right side of his front tyre.
Lap 12: Bautista, who was slowly making his way toward the top-10, has crashed out in Turn 11. After brother Pol's retirement on lap 12, Aleix Espargaro comes into the pits.
Lap 11: Pedrosa is starting to lose touch with Marquez a bit and Rossi is making no inroad into his lead either. Rossi will be penalized 0.3 seconds for cutting the track at Turn 4 after his contact with Zarco earlier.
Lap 10: Baz has his race come to an end after losing the front end. Baz, who was much talked about for a most sensational save yesterday, was not able to save it today. Pol Espargaro's KTM belches smoke and slows to a crawl.
Lap 9: Marquez returns to the lead, cutting under Pedrosa with a crossover move. Pedrosa tries to return the favour down the long back straight but is no match for Marquez under braking. Rossi will be loving this scrap as it inches him closer to the Repsol Honda duo.
Lap 8: Marquez with the fastest lap that time around. Bautista makes the move on Barbera for P14. Pedrosa outbrakes Marquez in Turn 12 and we have a new race leader!
Lap 7: Rossi runs wide in the first corner. Zarco tries to take advantage of that and in his exuberance, makes contact with Rossi, sending him off track. Rossi however is able to rejoin the track without losing position to the German rookie.
Lap 6: Fastest lap from Zarco. Bautista has moved up into the points in P15. Lorenzo and Miller are enjoying a good battle for P7. Not sure Lorenzo is enjoying it quite as much as Miller, who is swarming all over the Ducati rider.
Lap 5: The two Honda men are on the Hard compound while the two chasing them, Rossi and Zarco, are on the Medium. Note that Pedrosa is on the Medium front while Marquez has gone for the Hard front and back.
Lap 4: Marquez gets the message via pitboard that Vinales is out. With Vinales' retirement, Rossi would move into the title lead as things stand now.
Lap 3: Abraham has crashed. He was running in P17 for Aspar. He see a disconsolate Vinales walk back into the Yamaha garage as all hopes now rest on Rossi to bring home the bacon. Watching a replay of Vinales crash, we see he just lost the front through the series of sweeping left handers in that final section of the track, where a lot of alternate lines can be run but clearly, that was not the right line for Vinales.
Lap 2: Zarco on the Tech 3 Yamaha has taken P5 from Lorenzo. Bit of a wiggle from Marquez as he approaches the esses. VINALES DOWN. He lost it in Turn 10 and skated right off the track. He is able to walk away but what a disappointment from the rider who had shown such poise and patience in the opening two races.
Lap 1: The red lights go out and the Grand Prix of the Americas is GO!! Marquez with a great start and teammate Pedrosa is no slouch either, as he slides underneath Rossi in the tight, off-camber Turn 1. Vinales is down to P5 already but we all know he comes alive later in the race. He fends off Lorenzo, the man he replaced at Yamaha, to move into P4.
Preview: Hello and welcome to the Circuit of the Americas here in Austin, Texas for the Grand Prix of the Americas. The circuit consists of a fair amount of elevation changes at places as well as some tricky, technical sections, including a set of turns early on that are reminiscent of the legendary Maggots and Becketts bends at Silverstone. It is also one of the few counter-clockwise circuits on the calendar.  This is the fifth successive year that a MotoGP event has been held at the Austin circuit. Previous venues include Daytona, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis. Marquez will start from pole, barely edging out rookie sensation and winner of the first two rounds, Vinales. Rossi will complete the front row starters with a time that was considerably off them both. 22 riders will take the green flag today. Will Vinales three-peat? Or will reigning champion Marquez finally get his season on track with a victory at one of his best tracks?
Weather
Temp: 23°C
Forecast: Sunny
Track: Dry


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