Marquez eases to victory yet again in Austin

Javier Stokes
April 24, 2018

Marc Marquez cruised to his sixth-successive MotoGP win in Texas ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Andrea Dovizioso took the lead in the standings with fifth.

Marquez was accused of having "destroyed" the sport by Rossi, but the Spaniard obliterated his rivals to claim a sixth win out of six at the Circuit of the Americas despite being given a three-place grid penalty.

Dovizioso managed to find a way past Johann Zarco to come home in fifth place behind Rossi. Iannone managed to finish third, taking his first podium for Suzuki.

A last-lap mistake from Miller allowed Rabat to mug his former teammate for eighth, while Espargaro completed the top 10.

Cal Crutchlow made a late move up to second on the LCR Honda, but fell short of works counterpart Marquez by 0.709s, and was then pipped to the runner-up spot by Vinales as the works Yamaha man set a time 0.616s off the pace.

"I know that Marquez and Maverick were a bit stronger, I hoped I'd be fast enough to fight for the podium with Iannone, but Andrea was faster than me so I was not able to arrive and attack".

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The Movistar Yamaha rider finished fourth behind eventual victor Marc Marquez, teammate Maverick Vinales and Andrea Ianonne at the Circuit of the Americas, but later said he could have put up more of a challenge of it were not for the hot conditions. Marquez has won the Texas race five years in a row and Sunday will be the first time he doesn't start in pole position. I don't think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap. Maverick Vinales is not too far behind with 41 points, while last race victor Cal Crutchlow is fourth at 38 point - he made no improvements today and finished outside of points.

Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) took P12, ahead of some impressive points for Pol Espargaro and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in P13.

Bradley Smith and Scott Redding were next along with Luthi finishing ahead of Crutchlow after he re-mounted - he was also given a 2.7s penalty for cutting a corner.

Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Hafizh Syahrin (Tech 3) both crashed out, while Karel Abraham (Nieto) was forced to pull into the pits with wrist pain from his crash on Saturday.

The result sees the championship tighten up with just eight points covering the top five places.

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