Marquez wins Americas MotoGP

Marc Marquez made it five straight wins at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday as he fended off challenges from Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa, who finished second and third respectively, to claim glory.

After being extremely close all weekend, Marquez and Maverick Vinales were expected to battle for first and second place in the race on Sunday.

However, it was not be as Vinales ran a little wide at turn 18 and slide off his factory M1, earning himself an early shower in the process.

At that stage Pedrosa was leading.

One felt it was a matter of time before Marquez found his rhythm and started to dominate though.

And that happened on the 12th lap when he made a pass stick and then immediately set the two fastest laps of the day to that point to open up a four second lead and effectively seal the race win.

"It was a difficult race,” Marquez said.

“At the beginning I tried to stay calm. I didn't use the hard front tyre since Friday. At the beginning it was chattering.

“I was able to be consistent until the end. After Argentina it looks really far but we are there."

Pedrosa and Rossi were left to fight it out for the podium spots. Rossi was handed a 0.3s penalty for an incident with Johann Zarco at turn four.

Rossi pushed past Pedrosa at turn 20 with two full laps left to run, so he had to finish with more than a three-tenth advantage over the Spaniard in order to confirm second place.

Rossi was able to do that and then some as he stretched his advantage to 1.7s when they started the penultimate lap and then increased his advantage to 2.43s at the chequered flag.

"It was a difficult race,” Rossi, who is now the championship leader, said.

“I could stay close to the Hondas. Sometimes I lost a bit but there were points that I was strong.

“I knew Dani was at the limit with the front. I am very happy with the job. It's my best result in Austin!"

A full list of results from the Americas MotoGP can be seen below:

1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 43’58.770 157.9

2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 44’01.839 157.7 3.069

3 16 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 44’03.882 157.6 5.112

4 13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda HONDA 44’06.408 157.4 7.638

5 11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 44’06.727 157.4 7.957

6 10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 44’12.828 157.1 14.058

7 9 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR SUZUKI 44’14.261 157.0 15.491

8 8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 44’15.542 156.9 16.772

9 7 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team DUCATI 44’16.749 156.8 17.979

10 6 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 44’17.264 156.8 18.494

11 5 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 44’17.673 156.8 18.903

12 4 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 44’27.505 156.2 28.735

13 3 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 44’28.811 156.1 30.041

14 2 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 44’30.134 156.0 31.364

15 1 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 45’05.317 154.0 1’06.547

16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 45’20.860 153.1 1’22.090

17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 45’43.993 137.4 2 laps

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22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 23’37.761 153.9 10 laps

44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 19’49.452 150.1 12 laps

76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 16’58.478 155.8 13 laps

25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 2’07.393 155.7 20 laps

17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 2’11.727 150.6 20 laps