MotoGP: Round 3 Review from COTA


MotoGP visited Texas for Round 2 of their Championship and Marc Marquez got back to normal taking his first win of the season…


Marc Marquez showed just how good he is by remaining unbeaten at the Circuit of The Americas as he cruised to victory in Austin.

After mixed weather over the course of the weekend, the sun came out and track temperatures rose to 35 degrees in time for the start of the MotoGP™ race, although there was a slight delay to proceedings as some standing water had to be cleared off the circuit.

When the lights went out it was Andrea Dovizioso who led the field into turn one, with Marquez happy to let the Ducati GP15 open up a 0.5s lead during the opening couple of laps. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion waited until the fifth lap to make his move on Dovizioso and went on to open up a five-second lead, before easing off towards the end of the race.

Marquez has a 100% record at CoTA, having won all three of the MotoGP™ races held at the circuit since 2013, and once again the Spaniard went on to take a commanding win and send a message out to the rest of the paddock. No one had an answer to his pace on the Repsol Honda RC213V as he controlled the race expertly from the front.



Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes rode through the pain to take his first ever Moto2™ win at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

British rider Lowes bided his time throughout the race, overtaking Ajo Motorsport’s Johann Zarco to lead with just 6 laps remaining. As Zarco and Xavier Simeon tried to reel him back in, they made contact, with the latter crashing out in an incident that is being investigated by Race Direction.

This left Lowes to take the win, despite having to ride through the pain barrier after a number of huge crashes in Practice and Qualifying. Zarco regained his composure to finish in 2nd, ahead of the rookie Alex Rins on the Paginas Amarillas HP40 Kalex, who now leads the World Championship standings.

The reigning Moto2™ Champion Tito Rabat finished in 4th on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing machine, ahead of the Italtrans Racing Team Kalex of Franco Morbidelli and Hafizh Syarin, who claimed a fantastic 6th place for his Petronas Raceline Malaysia Team.



Danny Kent dominated the Moto3™ Grand Prix of The Americas to take the win for Leopard Racing.

It was a lonely ride for Danny Kent from the UK, who started at the top spot of the grid for the third time in his career, but the Honda rider’s display today in Austin was more than clever. Just shortly before the lights went out he changed his strategy because there were still remaining some wet patches on the track, but as soon as he found his rhythm Kent took the lead in lap three and immediately pulled away.