Marquez secures dominant victory at Austin

Reigning MotoGP Marc Marquez made it three wins in a row at the Circuit of the Americas, with Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi completing the podium.

Marquez stormed to his first victory of 2015 in dominant fashion, easing clear of factory Ducati rider Dovizioso and Yamaha’s Rossi as the Italian duo became embroiled in their own battle for second.

It was Dovizioso who seized the intiative at the start with Marquez and Rossi close behind, while Cal Crutchlow had a terrible start, the LCR Honda rider dropping back to 10th position from fifth on the grid as Bradley Smith vaulted up to fourth with an audacious outside move at the first corner.

But Marquez never looked like he would be caught after taking the lead from Dovizioso, meanig the main action would be between Rossi and Dovizioso for second and third after Rossi dropped away from the rear wheel of Marquez and back into the clutches of Dovizioso. 

Jorge Lorenzo was off the pace at the beginning of the race, dropping back to fifth place, and it wasn’t until the end of the race that the Yamaha rider was able to improve a little to end up with a fourth place finish after coming out on top of a battle with Andrea Iannone.

The second factory Ducati in the hands of Iannone made up plenty of places to finish fifth following a strong performance by the Italian, while Smith ended up in sixth after dropping back behind Lorenzo and Iannone after his superb start.

Factory Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro took an eighth place finish, the Spaniard also making a great start and only to drop off the pace nearing the end of the race, while his teammate Maverick Vinales had a brilliant race to finish ninth. The final place in the top 10 was taken by Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

The were a number of crashes,  the most notable coming on the very first lap when Scott Redding, who had qualified a superb sixth, lost the front of his Marc VDS Honda machine, which then struck the Tech 3 Yamaha of Pol Espargaro.

Pos  Rider  Bike  Time/ Gap 
Marc Marquez Honda 43m47.150
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2.354
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 3.120
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 6.682
Andrea Iannone Ducati 7.584
Bradley Smith Yamaha 10.557
Cal Crutchlow Honda 16.967
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 19.025
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 38.570
10  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 41.796
11  Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 47.199
12  Hector Barbera Ducati 47.339
13  Nicky Hayden Honda 56.484
14  Jack Miller Honda 56.731
15  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 57.372
16  Eugene Laverty Honda 58.898
17  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'08.787
18  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'22.236
Karel Abraham Honda  
Marco Melandri Aprilia  
Yonny Hernandez Ducati  
Mike Di Meglio Ducati  
Scott Redding Honda  
Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward  
Pol Espargaro Yamaha  

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Series MotoGP
Event GP of the Americas
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Eugene Laverty , Marco Melandri , Hector Barbera , Alvaro Bautista , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Alex de Angelis , Cal Crutchlow , Stefan Bradl , Hiroshi Aoyama , Scott Redding , Aleix Espargaro , Karel Abraham , Marc Marquez , Yonny Hernandez , Danilo Petrucci , Loris Baz , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone , Jack Miller , Maverick Viñales
Article type Race report
Tags ducati, honda, lcr honda, pramac racing, tech 3, yamaha