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RECAP: Marc Marquez gets dominant Americas GP win

Marc Marquez, MotoGP, Grand Prix of the Americas 2 October 2021. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Marc Marquez takes a confident win at the Americas GP after getting the race lead at the start.

The intense and dramatic race weekend at the Circuit of The Americas concluded with the first MotoGP at the track since April 2019.

The race started and the COTA expert Marc Marquez had a great getaway, which allowed him to take the race lead. The championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins followed the leader.

Takaaki Nakagami’s race was ruined early – the LCR Honda rider fell at turn 12. He kept going, but was last and lost a lot of time. At the same time, Jorge Martin showed good pace as he battled Rins for 3rd. For his teammate Johann Zarco it was the complete opposite as the Frenchman crashed in turn 1.

Martin overtook Rins and was already right behind Quartararo. Jack Miller proved his great performance throughout the weekend as the Ducati rider got to 4th after starting 10th in 6 laps.

Upfront, Marquez built a comfortable gap from Quartararo and was setting fastest lap after fastest lap. Aleix Espargaro’s weekend came to an end after a crash.

The polesitter Francesco Bagnaia struggled in the opening stages of the race as he dropped down to 6th. However, the Italian later managed to overtake Rins to get back to the top 5. After that, he passed his teammate Miller.

Bagnaia got very close to Martin in the final laps of the race in the battle for the final podium spot and he got to third without any troubles as Martin had been given a long lap penalty for a shortcut.

Marquez cruised to the checkered flag and won his 7th Americas GP win. Quartararo finished second and got even closer to the maiden MotoGP title. Bagnaia completed the podium.

The results of the MotoGP Americas GP:

1Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team41:41.435
2Fabio QuartararoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP+4.679
3Francesco BagnaiaDucati Lenovo Team+8.547
4Alex RinsTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+11.098
5Jorge MartinPramac Racing+11.752
6Enea BastianiniAvintia Esponsorama+13.269
7Joan MirTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR+13.406
8Jack MillerDucati Lenovo Team+14.722
9Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+15.832
10Pol EspargaroRepsol Honda Team+20.265
11Miguel OliveiraRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+23.055
12Alex MarquezLCR Honda CASTROL+24.743
13Andrea DoviziosoPetronas Yamaha SRT+25.307
14Luca MariniSKY VR46 Avintia+26.853
15Valentino RossiPetronas Yamaha SRT+28.055
16Iker LecuonaTech 3 KTM Factory Racing+30.989
17Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda IDEMITSU+35.251
18Danilo PetrucciTech 3 KTM Factory Racing+42.239
19Franco MorbidelliMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP+49.854
20Aleix EspargaroAprilia Racing Team GresiniDNF
21Johann ZarcoPramac RacingDNF
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