It was a daunting start to the inaugural Texan GP as that first corner is quite something else, fortunately everyone made it through safely. Pedrosa was the first to the awkward apex at the top of the hill, keen to get out front knowing the speed of his rookie team mate Marc Marquez, who found himself in third after a
|Marc Marquez. Youngest rider ever to win a MotoGP.
Photo: Repsol Honda
dodgy line into the first corner. It was LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl in second with Lorenzo in 4th after getting it sideways off the line from Crutchlow and Rossi.
Bradl’s stint in second didn’t last too long, Marquez got past within a couple of corners and by the end of the first lap the 2011 Moto2 champion found himself off the podium by the end of the first lap as Jorge Lorenzo slipped up the inside gapping him immediately. Bautista seemed to get the memo that Austin is a Honda track midway through lap two, as he made an ambitious move round the outside of Valentino Rossi for sixth, the Italian tried to stop it but couldn’t.
It had looked like Lorenzo could have the pace to stick with the Hondas, however after the Spaniard went into turn one a little deep on lap 3 and it was after this that the Honda duo really pulled the pin showing their domination over the weekend had not been just a practice display. Cal Crutchlow was fighting hard with Stefan Bradl for fourth and at one point ran on losing out a place to Bautista rejoining in front of Valentino Rossi in 6th place. It didn’t take the Brit long to get bast Baustista and begin to claw back at Bradl’s advantage. Seeing Crutchlow pass Bautista must have spurred Rossi on as a few corners later the Italian crept underneath the Gresini Honda.
More and results after the jump.
It didn’t take Crutchlow long to catch the LCR Honda, he was pushing for 4th place again with 13 laps to go and didn’t need to be asked twice when Bradl went a little wide, Cal shutting the door immediately and beginning to build a gap. Meanwhile at the front, after 12 laps of stalking his team mate Marc Marquez took the lead from Dani Pedrosa with 9 laps to go, it was quite clear that the 20 year old Spaniard was trying his best to gap his more experienced team mate but Pedrosa was not letting him go however following a mistake from Pedrosa with 5 to go, Marquez pulled out a half second gap which had increased to a second with three to go, settling the race there and then. Lorenzo took a comfortable third from Crutchlow in a comfortable fourth. It had looked like Rossi could have challenged Bradl for 5th but a mistake from the Italian saw that battle settled with a couple of laps to go. A last lap move by Dovizioso saw him secure 7th from Gresini’s Bautista. Aleix Espargago had a stunning first race as first CRT ahead of the prototypes of Bradley Smith and Ben Spies. Marquez’s win means he breaks Freddie Spencer’s record of being the youngest ever rider to win in the elite class. Brit Michael Laverty had a good run to 16th place on his British built PBM chassis.
|1||Marc MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||43’42.123|
|2||Dani PEDROSA||Repsol Honda Team||1.534|
|3||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha Factory Racing||3.381|
|4||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||6.616|
|5||Stefan BRADL||LCR Honda MotoGP||12.674|
|6||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha Factory Racing||16.615|
|7||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati Team||22.374|
|8||Alvaro BAUTISTA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||22.854|
|9||Nicky HAYDEN||Ducati Team||33.773|
|10||Andrea IANNONE||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||42.112|
|11||Aleix ESPARGARO||Power Electronics Aspar||48.837|
|12||Bradley SMITH||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||50.705|
|13||Ben SPIES||Ignite Pramac Racing||+1’14.132|
|14||Randy DE PUNIET||Power Electronics Aspar||+1’15.651|
|15||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Paul Bird Motorsport||+1’19.591|
|16||Michael LAVERTY||Paul Bird Motorsport||+1’34.391|
|17||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Avintia Blusens||+1’39.823|
|18||Hector BARBERA||Avintia Blusens||+1’39.952|
|19||Claudio CORTI||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||+1’46.773|
|20||Bryan STARING||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||+1’48.084|
|21||Blake YOUNG||Attack Performance Racing||1 Lap|