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:
|1||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||41:41.435|
|2||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||+4.679|
|3||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||+8.547|
|4||Alex Rins||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||+11.098|
|5||Jorge Martin||Pramac Racing||+11.752|
|6||Enea Bastianini||Avintia Esponsorama||+13.269|
|7||Joan Mir||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||+13.406|
|8||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||+14.722|
|9||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+15.832|
|10||Pol Espargaro||Repsol Honda Team||+20.265|
|11||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+23.055|
|12||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda CASTROL||+24.743|
|13||Andrea Dovizioso||Petronas Yamaha SRT||+25.307|
|14||Luca Marini||SKY VR46 Avintia||+26.853|
|15||Valentino Rossi||Petronas Yamaha SRT||+28.055|
|16||Iker Lecuona||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||+30.989|
|17||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||+35.251|
|18||Danilo Petrucci||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||+42.239|
|19||Franco Morbidelli||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||+49.854|
|20||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||DNF|
|21||Johann Zarco||Pramac Racing||DNF|