MotoGP: Marquez wins in Texas but ‘DesmoDovi’ leads the Championship

MotoGP: Marquez wins in Texas but ‘DesmoDovi’ leads the Championship

Marquez wins but five riders leave Texas within eight points at the top of the standings – and it’s ‘DesmoDovi’ in P1
It’s closer than ever as the flag falls at the end of the Americas GP, with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) taking the win and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) taking the Championship lead as Texas shook up the standings. There are now five riders within eight points at the top of the title fight – with Marquez a point off the top after his win, and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moving up to third after a second place finish at COTA.

The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.

It was also Iannone who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but Marquez also got a stunner from Row 2 – slotting into second and on the chase behind the ‘Maniac’. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, the number 93 started to pull a gap – but Iannone wasn’t done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning Champion. Running a bit wide on the exit, Marquez took him back – and then put his head down.

From there on out, the spectacular ballet of man and machine once more ruled the rodeo in Texas – with the victory making it ten consecutive premier class wins for Marquez on US soil.

Behind, however, it was getting pretty tight as Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) pressured teammate Viñales for third and Iannone held firm in second. But lap-by-lap, Viñales was able to ease away and stake his claim on P2 – closing in on Iannone before a well-judged pass into Turn 1 saw the Spaniard able to get through and then pull away. Keeping it calm, he took his first podium of the season in second, and Iannone did the same in third.

Rossi came home fourth, with Dovizioso taking fifth after a particularly difficult weekend. Well-rewarded for a solid race, the 2017 Runner Up is now the leader of the pack once again after his controlled performance, including a late race pass on Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Zarco was top Independent Team rider in P6, with former Championship leader Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) sliding out at the final corner when attacking the Frenchman earlier in the race. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) also then suffered a tumble soon after – riders ok and Crutchlow able to rejoin.

Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) followed up two stunning showings on Friday and Saturday to come home in a superhuman P7. Back on track and racing just over a week after surgery on his broken wrist sustained in the Argentina GP, the ‘Little Samurai’ rode a heroic push through the pain barrier around the punishing, technical challenge of the Circuit of the Americas in a performance worthy of the history books, taking home nine points ahead of the Championship’s return to one of his best venues: Jerez.

There was a Borgo Panigale battle around three seconds behind three-time World Champion Pedrosa, with Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) impressively beating Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) to the line for eighth. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completed the top ten, putting in an impressive push to keep Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) behind him after a tough race for the five-time World Champion.

Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) took P12, ahead of some impressive points for Pol Espargaro and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in P13. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was top rookie in P14, ahead of Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team).

So there we have it! The rodeo is ridden and the points are given, and what a Championship we have on our hands as we head for Jerez: five riders within eight points, with ‘DesmoDovi’ the man in the lead on the road to Europe. Marquez trails him by one point, Viñales by five and Crutchlow by eight – with Zarco equal on points with the Brit, back in P5 due to Crutchlow having a race win.

Now it’s carnival time. Packed grandstands, Spanish sun, the awesome Circuito de Jerez and one of the best atmospheres of the year – with the Championship so close, there’s almost nothing in it. Tune in on Friday 4th May, with lights out for Round 4 at 14:00 local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 6th.

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Victory number 10 of 2019 and number 54 in the premier class

🥇 - Marc Márquez
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🥉 - Andrea Dovizioso

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As good as any of the former Goats. Best rider ATM 😁

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Again strong performance by Lorenzo. Literally he's flying.

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1 day ago

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Daniel Ricciardo set a new lap record and his third career pole in Mexico last year! Jump onboard with the rapid Aussie 🔥 ... See Less

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I love this circuit. Go Max!

My favorite driver as a person. He deserved a better car than a Renault

Guys, next Monday Will be the last day for me on Facebook, coz I Will be travelling to England on Tuesday to study Law. Will be there for four years. I'll miss you all so much. May God be with you all. Please forward this message to all those know me. I've just forwarded as I received it and I don't know who is travelling.

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Great lap indeed !!! But im here to show the badge 😎😎

Great driver, always enjoy watching him. I was surprised how much the car was bottoming out on the lap, never paid attention to that before

I was soooooo happy when he did this. Max just wasn't fast enough and Vettel still youngest pole sitter 😂😂😂😂😂

And Austin Texas Grand Prix???

wou finally a great brand opens its eyes to the great corridor that is ricciardo 🏎🏎

This was just a fucking tragedy of a weekend, pole to yet another mechanical dnf. Thanks for all the broken engine components RB. They call that particular move the Horner Special.

Daniel will always be one of my favourite drivers.

Really miss seeing ricciardo at the top

Won’t be doing that this year. Sadly. Such a bad move.

Feel bad he moved from red bull deserves so much more of a better car. Would love to see him in a silver arrow

Last sector is one of the trickiests of all the circus... brilliant drive by Dani!

Will he ever experience these highs again, I’ve been a little deflated with the f1 thing this year because of this Renault thing, damn you max

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Poor max almost cried after that one. I’m sure he did behind doors on his daddy’s shoulder. 😭

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Is this the pole he robbed crashy and Jos of their record?

all to give it up in the first `10 meter the next day

Jenson Button made the claim that Max was the quickest driver ever in F1 history yet Danny Ric had 3 poles while partnered with Max and Max had none This isn’t a dig at Max who I like a lot but a dig at how much shite Buttons talks

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We know he can race... but can he rap? 🤔 The one and only Kimi Raikkonen teams up with ASAP Ferg for a very unique look at an Alfa Romeo Racing steering wheel 👀

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They call me "Iceman" 😎... I love when he smiles 😍😘💓. I love that guy, Kimi is the best 🤗❤.

My favorite rapper, and 2nd favorite driver

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This gives me memories of being young, just learning English and singing under the shower. It sounded good then (for me). Just rhyming random words together. But i wish i knew there was money to be made back then.

What a nice duo!

Good to see Kimi fulfilling his marketing contracts. That said, I have no idea who the black guy was. Clearly, this stuff is for the kidz. I'm getting old. Hallelujah.

As cold as ice (Kimi the iceman) brilliant legend

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Well done teams. Hard year worked but not long till end 😯😥😥😥

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So whoever this guy is can't freestyle for nothin'. If that's what was even happening

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Can you please get rid of this fake rapper it honestly kind of makes F1 look corny and bad promoting this junk if he was a talented I would get it but his music is 🗑

It's a shame that a talented driver has to waste time with this supposed rap singer

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Most cringe interview ive seen!! In this interview Kimi gave an unusual interview, by his standarts. Who is Asap Ferg and why is he talking like Dave Chappelle ?

Still have no idea and never heard of this rap guy

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