Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) scored an awesome first victory of 2018 in bright Texan sunshine today, moving himself into second position in the World Championship. Honda’s second victory of the year also extended the company’s advantage in the Constructors World Championship.

Marquez’s success was the 25-year-old Spaniard’s 12th consecutive win on American asphalt, which comprise six successive MotoGP victories at COTA, three at Indianapolis, one at Laguna Seca and two Moto2 wins at Indy. It was also his 36th premier-class win, which puts him one success behind Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood and two behind Repsol Honda’s 2011 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner. Fittingly, today’s race was the number 93 rider’s 93rd MotoGP start.

This was another perfect display from the reigning World Champion who started from the second row of the grid, took the lead on the first lap and was never troubled by his rivals, none of whom could match his own talent or the performance of his Honda RC213V around this most challenging of circuits. With two of the 20 laps to go he was almost eight seconds clear of nearest-challenger Andrea Iannone, before easing his pace on the final lap to cross the line 3.560 seconds ahead.

During his victory lap Marquez carried a number 69 flag to pay tribute to Honda’s 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who last year lost his life in a cycling accident.

If Marquez’s latest success was heroic, so was the performance of team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) who two weeks ago broke his right wrist in an accident that wasn’t his fault. The 32-year-old former 125cc and 250cc World Champion underwent surgery in Spain and many people expected him to miss this weekend’s race, so he could get fully fit for the subsequent Spanish GP. However, at the last minute Pedrosa decided to travel to the US and at least attempt to ride. Today, he did much, much more than that, spending much of the race in the group battling for fifth place. At the finish he was seventh, a truly remarkable ride and result.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) went into today’s race leading the MotoGP World Championship after an excellent victory in Argentina on April 8. The 32-year-old Briton was going well, in the middle of an enthralling contest for fifth place, until he slid off at turn 12. He bravely remounted to finish in 19th position

MotoGP rookie and former Moto2 winner Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) had another great day. The 26-year-old from Chiba finished 14th and top rookie, after a very well-ridden race.

Honda’s other two rookies had a more challenging afternoon at COTA, which is arguably the most complex MotoGP track of them all, with 20 corners per lap, or 400 during a 20-lap race! Thomas Luthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS RC213V) finished the race in 18th, three places out of the points, while Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS RC213V) finished 21st, outside the points for the first time in his MotoGP career, following promising rides to 12th and 14th at the first two races.

Following 2018’s season-opening three flyaway races in Qatar, Argentina and the USA, the MotoGP paddock packs up and heads to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on May 6.

Marc Marquez

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“This weekend I really gave it my all. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to remain perfect here at Austin. I don't think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap. Today I felt that this was the right way and was able to do it, in part because my bike’s setup helped me a lot, so thanks to everyone in my garage as they’ve worked really well and hard. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn’t feel I had perfect energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway - a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that. Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. Even in the warm-up, I tried to simulate the first laps of the race, going out on new tyres and with a full tank. That was in the plan. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. So in the first three or four laps, I pushed a bit more than usual, and then I managed the advantage. Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.”

Repsol Honda Team
Dani Pedrosa

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“I’m more than satisfied with having been able to finish this race and get some good points, and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me in these days, as well as all the fans for the support they gave me. Honestly, before coming here I wasn’t even sure I would be able to do the practices. It was a tough weekend, especially at this track; in some other circuits you might handle the situation a little better with a bit less effort, but this one is super-physical. I wasn't able to enjoy the race like I usually do, even though I took some painkillers that eased the pain a little. That allowed me to focus a bit more, though I don’t have much strength. I had a decent start and tried to stick with the guys in front as much as possible. In the end I struggled to control my bike, but I managed and I’m happy with the outcome. Now we have some more days to try and recover as much as possible before Jerez. It’s a track I like, so we’ll see how much better I’ll feel.”

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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“Of course today we’re very unsatisfied with the result. Going into the race we were leading the championship and coming out we’re now fourth after I crashed on lap seven. It was a disappointing end to what was a good weekend and the great pace we set, so I’m sorry for the team. I made a mistake in the last corner, I didn’t have a great feeling with the brake lever this weekend and I wanted to try and make a good run on Johann [Zarco] that lap and get past him to the podium fight. I definitely had the pace, but I made a mistake and went down. We now have to look forward as a team to the next race in Jerez, but I want to thank my crew for their hard work as we were on the pace throughout the weekend and during the race. We just look ahead and take the positives now.”

LCR Honda Castrol
Takaaki Nakagami

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“It was another points-scoring finish which I think is positive. But after our qualifying result we were thinking about the possibility of finishing in the top ten, but the race proved to be quite difficult. Honestly, I was hoping for a better result, but finishing as the best rookie is a nice feeling. Thanks again to my team and to Honda for the great job they have done this weekend for me. I’m looking forward to the next race!”

LCR Honda Idemitsu
Thomas Luthi

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“It is so difficult at this track in turn one when you start back on the grid, it was a big mess there. I lost some positions and was stuck back there for many laps. By mid-race I had problems with the front and it was difficult to turn the bike. At this track we never found a really comfortable set-up although the work from the team is brilliant in helping me to learn as a rookie. We are motivated to improve.”

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Franco Morbidelli

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“I struggled a lot during this race to ride the way I like to and now we need to understand the reasons why and work to improve. I feel I need to find my own way to set-up and ride this bike for my style. At the moment I am not there.”

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Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

Circuit of the Americas, United States

MotoGP 2018, Round 3

Sunny / 22
Sunday 22 Apr 2018, 20:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 22°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 35°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'52.002
2 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +3.560
3 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA 16 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +6.704
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +9.587
5 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +13.570
6 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 10 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +14.231
7 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda +18.201
8 Tito Rabat 53 SPA 8 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +28.537
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +28.671
10 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +28.875
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team Ducati +31.355
12 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA 4 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +34.993
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.264
14 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +39.335
15 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA 1 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +40.887
16 Bradley Smith 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +48.475
17 Scott Redding 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +49.995
18 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +52.115
19 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Castrol Honda +59.055
20 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +59.747
21 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'00.513
NC Alex Rins 42 SPA 0 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +DNF
NC Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +DNF
NC Karel Abraham 17 CZE 0 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +DNF
Saturday 21 Apr 2018, 19:59 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'03.658
2 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2'04.064
3 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +2'04.209
4 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +2'04.210
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2'04.229
6 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +2'04.294
7 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Castrol Honda +2'04.456
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +2'04.865
9 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +2'04.963
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2'05.058
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +2'05.260
12 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2'05.829
13 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +2'05.457
14 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2'05.686
15 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2'05.761
16 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +2'05.873
17 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +2'05.943
18 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +2'05.966
19 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2'06.035
20 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +2'06.222
21 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +2'06.296
22 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2'06.370
23 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +2'06.537
24 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2'06.726
Rider Standings
Sunday, 22 Apr 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 46 Ducati Team Ducati
2 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Maverick VIñALES 25 SPA 41 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
4 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 38 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 38 LCR Honda Castrol Honda
6 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 31 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
7 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 29 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 26 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 22 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
10 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 21 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Dani PEDROSA 26 SPA 18 Repsol Honda Team Honda
12 Alex RINS 42 SPA 16 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
13 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
14 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 6 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
16 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 6 Ducati Team Ducati
17 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 6 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
18 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 5 LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda
19 Scott REDDING 45 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
20 Alvaro BAUTISTA 19 SPA 4 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati
21 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 1 Ángel Nieto Team Ducati