It was a 1-2 finish for the Repsol Honda MotoGP team at Circuit of the Americas It was a 1-2 finish for the Repsol Honda MotoGP team at Circuit of the Americas photo: courtesy Repsol Honda Team

Repsol Honda Dominate in Texas with Perfect Weekend for Marquez

Written by  on Monday, 14 April 2014 09:19

April 14, 2014- Marc Marquez has completed the perfect weekend in Austin, having led every session, taken pole (with a new lap record), recorded a new fastest race lap and crowned it with a victory this afternoon. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, also contributed to the fantastic Repsol Honda spectacle with a strong second place 16.8 seconds ahead of third place finisher Dovizioso.

Starting on pole for the 11th time in just 20 MotoGP starts Marc, as last season, was once again the only rider to choose the hard rear Bridgestone tyre. He had his best start in the premier class, only beaten in the first corner by Lorenzo who made an uncharacteristic jump start – forcing him into the pit lane for a drive through penalty – and promoting Marc back up to first by the end of the first lap.

Once out in front, he never looked back. He set a new race lap record on lap three with a time of 2'03.575 (beating his time of 2'04.242 in 2013) and went on to win the race comfortably, apart from a final corner scare on the last lap when he briefly lost concentration, and finished four seconds in front of his teammate. Dani, starting from second on the grid, was also unfazed by Lorenzo's mistake and slipped in behind Marc as the Repsol Honda duo ran away from the race leaving them untouchable.

With this result, Marc has become 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. Repsol Honda riders have now won the last nine MotoGP races in the USA. The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.

 

Team Quotes

Marc Marquez: 1st - Championship Standing: 1st - 50 points

"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!"

 

Dani Pedroda: 2nd - Championship Standing: 2nd - 36 points

"It was a tough race as Marc was that little faster than me and although I tried to improve with every corner, it was too difficult to gain ground on him and the distance between us increased with every lap. In the end, he was too far away from me. I didn't have anyone behind me either, so I just kept up my pace as best I could. I learnt a few things in this race and we will try to apply them and make the maximum improvement possible, in order to be able to put up more of a fight next time"

 

 

ace Results: Grand Prix of The Americas - Round 2

Pos.  Rider                     Num. Nation  Points    Team                             Constructor       Time/Gap

1       Marc Marquez        93     ESP      25       Repsol Honda Team         HONDA             43'33.430

2       Dani Pedrosa          26     ESP      20       Repsol Honda Team        HONDA             +4.124

3       Andrea Dovizioso      4     ITA        16       Ducati Team                    DUCATI            +20.976

4       Stefan Bradl              6    GER      13        LCR Honda MotoGP        HONDA            +22.790

5       Bradley Smith         38    GBR       11       Monster Yamaha Tech 3  YAMAHA          +22.963

6       Pol Espargaro         44    ESP       10       Monster Yamaha Tech 3   YAMAHA         +26.567

7       Andrea Iannone       29    ITA           9       Pramac Racing                DUCATI            +28.257

8       Valentino Rossi       46    ITA           8       Yamaha Factory              YAMAHA          +45.519

9       Aleix Espargaro       41    ESP         7   NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA         +47.605

10     Jorge Lorenzo          99    ESP         6       Yamaha Factory Racing    YAMAHA         +49.111

11     Nicky Hayden          69    USA         5       Drive M7 Aspar                 HONDA            +1'00.735

12     Hiroshi Aoyama         7    JPN          4       Drive M7 Aspar                 HONDA           +1'03.954

13     Yonny Hernandez    68    COL          3       Pramac Racing                 DUCATI           +1'07.333

14     Karel Abraham         17    CZE          2      Cardion AB Motoracing      HONDA           +1'27.972

15     Hector Barbera          8     ESP         1      Avintia Racing MotoGP    FTR-KAWASAKI +1'32.376

16     Michael Laverty       70     GBR         0      Paul Bird Motorsport          ART & PBM      +1'32.543

17     Danilo Petrucci         9      ITA           0     IodaRacing Project             IODA-SUTER     +1'39.176

18     Mike Di Meglio        63     FRA          0     Avintia Racing MotoGP      FTR-KAWASAKI +1'51.962

19     Scott Redding         45     GBR         0     Go & Fun Honda Gresini      HONDA               DNF

20     Colin Edwards           5     USA         0     NGM Mobile Forward Racing  YAMAHA           DNF

21     Cal Crutchlow          35     GBR         0     Ducati Team                        DUCATI              DNF

22     Alvaro Bautista        19     ESP          0     Go & Fun Honda Gresini      HONDA               DNF

23     Broc Parkes            23     AUS          0     Paul Bird Motorsport            PBM                   DNF

 

Rider Standings

Sunday, April 13th 2014

Pos.    Rider                     Num.   Nation    Points    Team                                   Constructor

1        Marc Marquez         93       ESP       50         Repsol Honda Team              HONDA

2        Dani Pedrosa          26       ESP       36         Repsol Honda Team               HONDA

3        Valentino Rossi       46       ITA         28         Yamaha Factory                    YAMAHA

4        Andrea Dovizioso      4        ITA        27          Ducati Team                          DUCATI

5       Aleix Espargaro        41       ESP      20          NGM Mobile Forward Racing   YAMAHA

6       Andrea Iannone         29       ITA       15          Pramac Racing                       DUCATI

7       Stefan Bradl               6      GER      13          LCR Honda MotoGP                HONDA

8       Nicky Hayden           69      USA      13          Drive M7 Aspar                       HONDA

9       Bradley Smith          38      GBR       11         Monster Yamaha Tech 3          YAMAHA

10     Cal Crutchlow           35      GBR       10         Ducati Team                           DUCATI

11     Pol Espargaro           44     ESP        10        Monster Yamaha Tech 3           YAMAHA

12    Scott Redding            45     GBR          9        Go & Fun Honda Gresini          HONDA

13    Hiroshi Aoyama           7     JPN           9        Drive M7 Aspar                        HONDA

14    Yonny Hernandez      68     COL           7        Pramac Racing                        DUCATI

15    Colin Edwards             5     USA           7       NGM Mobile Forward Racing     YAMAHA

16    Jorge Lorenzo            99     ESP           6      Yamaha Factory Racing            YAMAHA

17     Karel Abraham          17     CZE           5       Cardion AB Motoracing             HONDA

18     Danilo Petrucci           9      ITA            2       IodaRacing Project                    IODA-SUTER

19     Hector Barbera           8      ESP          1       Avintia Racing MotoGP             FTR-KAWASAKI

20     Broc Parkes             23     AUS           1       Paul Bird Motorsport                 PBM

21     Alvaro Bautista         19     ESP           0      Go & Fun Honda Gresini            HONDA

22     Mike Di Meglio         63     FRA            0      Avintia Racing MotoGP              FTR-KAWASAKI

23     Michael Laverty        70     GBR            0      Paul Bird Motorsport                 ART & PBM

From: Repsol Honda Team

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