Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. The reigning champ took over for good on lap 9 of 21 and extended his advantage during the latter part of the race.
Marc Márquez takes his ninth victory in the United States. He has 5 to his name at Austin, 3 at Indianapolis and 1 in Laguna Seca. With this result, Marc Márquez lies third in the overall standings with 38 points.
Marc’s win today also adds yet another important piece to Honda’s own domination in MotoGP events hosted in the USA. In fact, the last 14 MotoGP races on American tarmac have been won by Honda riders.
Marc Márquez: “This was a crucial race because after Argentina it was important to come back in the best way, so we are really happy with this result”
“Although I won, it was difficult, because the temperature was much higher than yesterday. Five minutes before the start, I said to my chief mechanic, ‘Okay, let’s use the hard tyre’ because I knew that I would push the medium front tyre a lot. In the beginning I was just trying to understand the limit because I hadn’t tried it a lot on Friday. I was behind Dani and when I saw that he was struggling a little bit and Valentino was challenging, I said, ‘Time to attack.’”
“I was able to win, and I’m happy to be back in the championship”