Reigning MotoGP World Champion already enjoying a healthy lead this year
Marc Marquez added another race win to his career statistics with the Repsol Honda rider’s victory in the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas today giving him a maximum 50 points from the first two races of the year. Making it two from two at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Marquez can now add the record of being the first rider to win the first two races of the year from pole in the premier-class since Repsol Honda’s Mick Doohan in 1995.
It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence.
Speaking after the race Marquez said, "I'm very happy! I got a really good start, but when I saw Jorge overtake me off the line at first I was a little worried, but then I saw that he had jumped the start. It was a different race to previous ones because I led from start to finish; although it might seem easier that way, it is tough because you have to maintain concentration. It was a perfect weekend and gives us plenty of confidence, although we are aware that the coming races will be different. I know that the race was a little boring for the fans, but sometimes these types of races are good for a rider. Let's hope that the next one is more exciting!”
Dovizioso was thrilled with taking his first podium for the Ducati team saying, “I am very pleased with the way I managed the race because in the early laps I didn’t have the right pace. But I kept calm and kept up a constant pace, and this paid off because I didn’t stress the tyres too much. My performance dropped off a bit towards the end but obviously less than the other riders I was fighting with and this allowed me to do the final stages in a good condition. Then I pulled out a small gap over Bradl and Smith, which allowed me to take the checkered flag with an advantage of almost two seconds.