Marquez Wins in Texas – Second race, first MotoGP win and a new record
Marc Marquez became the youngest winner in the history of the premier class on Sunday when he took victory from team mate Dani Pedrosa in front of a 61,000 crowd in Austin Texas.
His win, is only his second MotoGP race, saw a 30 year record broken. Marquez is 106 days younger than Freddie Spencer who previously held the record set at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982. Marquez also became the youngest pole sitter too.
Repsol Honda dominated the Austin Texas track with impressive testing results back in March and this carried on through free practice, qualifying and the eventual race.
Jorge Lorenzo rode hard to take the third step on the podium making it the 100th of his career. By stark contrast team mate Valentino Rossi had front end problems all weekend and could only manage 6th place.
Brit Cal Crutchlow surprised himself with a well-deserved 4th place considering his Tech 3 team were not part of the March test at the Circuit of the Americas. Team mate Bradley Smith bagged a credible 12th place on only his second outing on the Monster Yamaha.
Scott Redding achieved a career first pole position in the Moto 2 class but went on to suffer tyre problems in the race and finished 5th, although he is the Championship leader after two rounds. Danny Kent and Kyle Smith finished a 18th and 21st.
The Moto 3 race was decided in a 5 lap sprint after a huge highside by Jasper Iwema halted race proceedings after the first 10 laps. Alex Rins took 1st place from Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom who completed the podium places. Danny Webb finished 11th with John Mcphee 23rd.
Next race – 3rd-5th May, Jerez.